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Soil and Composting: Horse Manure Tea versus Horse manure tea with added Alfalfa

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MGCrystal
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

September 22, 2010
8:39 AM

Post #8114013

I make both manure tea and sometimes I add alfalfa to the mix. What is the "nutritional" difference between straight manure tea and manure tea with alfalfa? Which plants prefer one over the other?

thanks

Crystal
Pewjumper
Glenwood Springs, CO
(Zone 5b)

September 22, 2010
4:19 PM

Post #8114963

Crystal,

The Rocky Mountain Forum had an extensive fact filled string on alfalfa & alfalfa tea a while ago. Here is the Dave's Garden link.

http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1074257/

Hope this helps!

Sonny, AKA Pewjumper

PS: I just finished creating a terraced bed with hand mixed soil of clay 28%, Sand 42%, Peat Moss 15% & Acidified Cotton Boll Compost 15%+. I added Dr.Earth #7 Probiotic Fertilizer and top dressed the 240 sq. ft. with 50 lbs. of alfalfa pellets to get everything kick started.
MGCrystal
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

September 22, 2010
5:15 PM

Post #8115102

Thanks! I'll check it out.
docgipe
NORTH CENTRAL, PA
(Zone 5a)

October 4, 2010
3:43 PM

Post #8137381

Alfalfa in any form is considered to be equal in value to high quality kelp. It may be used in tea form as a drench or as a foliar treatment.
This statement assumes that the plants were grown with organic principles if not registered organic.

Anytime you add one thing to another speaking in general you get some of the best of each product. The residual can go to the compost pile and do more good. If either product is tainted with poisons found in the soil then the combination will be of less value.

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