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  1. #1 chicken manure tea to usable fertilizer 
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    I know virtually nothing about chemistry, but I'm unemployed with no income and need to make fertilizer quick to grow spinach and potatoes. I have about 6 or 7 months reserve to live on until these crops come in. Me and my family live in Mexico. We will be planting in our small yard but I figure we can grow lots of potatoes vertically and enough spinach to feed us and the chickens.

    My problem is that we live on top of a hill where the small amount of soil is clay and will only grow grass.

    We have chickens but i don't have 6 months to a year to compost their manure, so I have taken about 20 lbs of their manure and put it into a 35 gallon barrel filled with water and added a fish tank pump to aerate the solution.

    I have hear from studies at universities that if the same had been done, but by putting the manure into a burlap bag, in about a week you get some really good usable fertilizer tea. Everything is plastic these days so I decided to just add the manure to the water and later I will filter the water.

    The solution is starting to smell like ammonia.

    Any ideas on this. Does this sound like it will work? Please give an opinion.

    Thanks for any help you can give.


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    Quote Originally Posted by gparsons70
    I know virtually nothing about chemistry, but I'm unemployed with no income and need to make fertilizer quick to grow spinach and potatoes. I have about 6 or 7 months reserve to live on until these crops come in. Me and my family live in Mexico. We will be planting in our small yard but I figure we can grow lots of potatoes vertically and enough spinach to feed us and the chickens.

    My problem is that we live on top of a hill where the small amount of soil is clay and will only grow grass.

    We have chickens but i don't have 6 months to a year to compost their manure, so I have taken about 20 lbs of their manure and put it into a 35 gallon barrel filled with water and added a fish tank pump to aerate the solution.

    I have hear from studies at universities that if the same had been done, but by putting the manure into a burlap bag, in about a week you get some really good usable fertilizer tea. Everything is plastic these days so I decided to just add the manure to the water and later I will filter the water.

    The solution is starting to smell like ammonia.

    Any ideas on this. Does this sound like it will work? Please give an opinion.

    Thanks for any help you can give.

    I don't know much aout this really but it sounds fine to me.

    Maybe this link will help.
    http://ezinearticles.com/?Using-Liqu...zer&id=2160509

    Sounds like a great idea to me, you are basically disolving all the nutrients the plants like from the manure in the water.

    I don't see how it can go wrong, plants take up their nutrients form rainwater anyway go you are help in them along.


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    it's less to do with chemistry and more to do with microbiology

    if you mow your lawn or rake your leaves, consider mulching all of that stuff by itself, IE, don't mix it all with compost if that's what your doing.

    here's a test, pour that juice on a few different things every few days for a month... then you will know for sure

    I wouldn't experiment on my food with anything like that
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    What I'm trying to do is speed up the process of converting the chicken manure into a form the plants can use to feed them selves. composting is the process where microbes eat the material and turn it in to it's basic forms, Nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium known as the n-p-k of fertilizer. But composting is very slow.

    My thoughts are by butting the chicken manure into water and aerating it will speed up the process. But like I said I don't know what I could be producing and if in the end will be of particular benefit to the plants. I know I could be losing an amount of the nitrogen to the air in the form of ammonia. It's things like that I'm not sure of.

    But thanks for all your help, it's interesting to be in this situation because need is the mother of invention and although I'm sure corporate has already figured these things out and decided that profit isn't there, finding a way to feed people on this small of an area of land would solves a lot of problems for a lot of hungry people.

    The spinach will cut down on the cost of feed for the chickens and their manure will make a lot of potatoes. Now all we need is a pig who we can milk for lard and you got eggs and french fries, let me tell you we have been living on this for a few years now, and it's great. It turns out that lard is better then all the alternative oils.

    We just need a way to purify water and,---- got to stop now the market is going crazy, a lot of people, making money off of other people's work, are getting nervous.
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    sounds good, keep up the good work

    I've heard of making compost tea with plant matter that hasn't been fully composted.

    My understanding of it is that the tea becomes a microb haven. Then when you water your plants with it the microbes break down all the dead plant matter at an accelerated speed making all those wonderful nutrients for your plant.

    Manure is different though, different diseases.... why not ask on a gardening forum?
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    If you smell ammonia you are loseing nitrogen, just mix it into the soil and it will take care of itself. Do potatoes even grow in Mexico??
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