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Using Rabbit Manure For Gardening
In the global marketplace for fertilizers, some farmers are forced to think big due to the size of their plots. Oftentimes this leads to massive amounts of chemical fertilizers, suffused with all the nutrients a rich planting soil needs to stay together. However, chemical fertilizers are the center of some recent controversy, and most countries do require a great deal of chemical and medical testing to determine how safe a chemical fertilizer is to simply release on to a wide area. While some consumers still balk at chemical fertilizers, the fact is there is no cheaper way to grow an acre of produce or grain.
Still, with the rising popularity of organic eating, many organic farmers are turning towards older methods of fertilizing their soil and the plants growing in it. Naturally manure is at the top of the list of natural fertilizers, as it has been since early humans first discovered the potential of using animal waste to improve their crop yields. In the ancient days, every bit of food counted, especially during hard times, and thus any kind of manure that could be found as applied to the fields in hopes of an improved crop yield. It was a crude system that did not always work, but it worked well enough for thousands of years to persist in modern times.
Naturally, as modern agriculture began to take shape, there was something of a growing debate as to which kinds of manure were best for growing crops. Sometimes this is a matter of the plants being grown and others by the type of soil the plants are being grown in. Sometimes damaged soil needs a specific kind of TLC to improve it and other times specific plants will need extra loads of specific nutrients in order to grow well. There are a number of standard manures, but perhaps the most surprising to many people is that rabbit manure is actually among the best manures for a truly organic garden.
Rabbit manure is quite rich in a number of nutrients that are very good for soil and the plants growing in it. The waste of rabbits is heavy with nitrogen, potassium, phosphorus and a wide variety of minerals and micro-nutrients that does wonders for soil. Additionally, the manure of rabbits contains a number of trace elements that can also be quite beneficial to the health of soil and the plants growing in them, such as boron, manganese, copper, cobalt, sulfur, zinc and calcium. However, the prime benefits of rabbit manure are that it is richer in nitrogen, potassium and phosphorus than nearly every other form of manure available on the market today.
Nitrogen in particular is a high point of rabbit manure. Only chicken manure has even half of the nitrogen contained in rabbit manure, and most other forms of animal waste are lucky to have even a quarter as much nitrogen as rabbit waste. This is important in gardening as nitrogen is vital to plants producing lush growth that is healthy. With a natural influx of nitrogen, plants grow stronger, greener and more fertile. A heavy dose of nitrogen is particularly useful for the early growth of maize (also called corn), tomatoes and most other vegetables.
By way of potassium, few other animals manage to match the rabbit in producing potassium rich waste. Sheep and horses equal the potassium of rabbits in their manure, but most other animals are no more likely to match a rabbit in potassium production than they are to catch one. With this rich dose of potassium, plants produce more proteins and sugars, as well as helping plants control their own water content. The practical effects of these nutritional benefits are two fold; first, it improves the quality of the fruit the plant produces. Second, it improves a plant's resistance to disease, which in a rough growing season, particularly during epidemics of plant contagions, is priceless.
In terms of phosphorus, chicken manure has a little more than half as much of this valuable nutrient as rabbit waste. Few other animals have anywhere near as much phosphorus as chicken manure, let alone the mega dose of phosphorus as rabbit manure. Phosphorus is vitally important to plants as it enhances the shift from solar energy coming into the plant to chemical energy expanding the plant. This, in turn, improves the plant's growth greatly. It can also assist a plant in handling stress from environmental conditions, ranging from drought to heavy rains. And, with a sizable amount of phosphorus in the soil, the plants grown in it will see big improvements in flowering and fruiting, as well as enhancing the growth of roots that provide the plant with stability and further nutrition.
In addition to providing nutrients for plants, rabbit waste also offers a number of benefits for the soil as well. The organic matter in rabbit pellets improves the structure of the soil it's poured on, meaning that it will be able to be used longer, with less long term damage to the soil itself. It also improves the soil's moisture retention, enabling water to stay in the soil longer and keep it fresh and vital, capable of feeding plants growing in it longer. Without good moisture retention, soil quickly dries up into dirt that is incapable of growing anything. Long term human use of soil generally dries soil up if it is not properly cared for, feeding soil a steady diet of rabbit pellets is one way people can help keep their land's soil healthy.
Penryn Rabbit Farm offers an entire ebook about How To Use Rabbit Manure In Your Garden that is free to all subscribers. This book includes a depth of information on how to properly use rabbit pellets in gardening. These uses include inducing excellent growth in a number of different plants. Roses, flowers, personal gardens, tomatoes, cannabis and fruit trees all benefit heavily from a good use of rabbit waste and this potential for strong, healthy growth in plants simply can not be overlooked by the dedicated gardener.
Of course, the pellets are only one possible form of rabbit manure. Rabbit pellets can be added to nearly any compost heap to improve its richness in plant growing nutrients. Simply adding them to a larger composting project is more than enough to enjoy these benefits, though as with all composting projects, more is generally better, even if it is possible to go overboard, like all elements of a compost heap. Compost with enough rabbit pellets added to it enjoy the benefits of a large dose of essential plant nutrients, as well offering potential improvements in the long term health of the soil itself, enabling the land itself to produce more for longer periods of time.
Another form of using rabbit pellets in gardening is to create a “compost tea” out of the waste. Making rabbit manure tea is a simple process, but it can be quite involved. It starts with a five gallon bucket. To begin the process, pour a sizable amount of rabbit pellets into the bucket, then fill the bucket with water. Stirring the bucket once in a while for one or two days will assist the process. In time, the rabbit pellets and their valuable nutrients will dissolve and be absorbed by the water. When this water is then used to water plants, the nutrients in the water are absorbed by the plant directly, allowing plants water with “bunny brew” to take in more of the nutrients and use them to greater effect in the process of growing, flowering and fruiting.
Rabbit pellets are also quite excellent for vermiculture work. A number of beneficial organisms such as red worms absolutely love rabbit waste. These organisms are drawn to the waste once it permeates the soil itself and tend to thrive in it surprisingly fast. While this sounds gross, the fact is that many of the organisms drawn to rabbit waste are actually quite beneficial to the health of a garden. Red worms, for instance, are very good at speeding up the process of composting, meaning that adding rabbit pellets to a compost heap can, in short order, improve the nutritional quality of any compost.
And, for those who are work specifically to grow red worms for anything from organic fishing bait to school projects, a regular fix of rabbit pellets generally helps these small creatures thrive faster than nearly any other form of feeding.
As with all fertilizers, there is such a thing as too much of a good thing. While rabbit pellets generally do not need to be composted before being thrown on a garden, many gardeners still give the pellets time to compost for fear of pathogens in the waste. This is certainly a reasonable precaution, though rabbit compost tea is one way to speed up this process. Still, overall, there are few manures quite like rabbit pellets for helping your garden grow rich and lush, as well as maintaining the health of valuable soil in the long and short term alike.
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