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Alpaca Beans - Go Green - Alpaca Gold

ALPACA BEANS

Alpaca manure is the best natural fertilizer for both vegetable, flower gardens and even house plants.  It's lower in organic matter than manure from other farm animals, but still has enough to improve soil texture and water-holding capacity.  Alpaca Beans do not have to be "aged or cured". They will not "burn" the plants it comes in contact with and can be applied rather carelessly without fussing.

The alpaca's 3-stomach digestive system processes food so efficiently seeds do not survive to become weeds in your garden, as with cow or horse manure.  They are nature’s composters.  It also has comparatively high levels of nitrogen and potassium which are major plant nutrients and part of the well-known N-P-K indicator on fertilizer bags, and an indication of good fertilizer value.

Don't be misled by the N-P-K numbers that suggest manure is less powerful than chemicals.  The values of manure and organic fertilizers in general, are often based on the relative amount of nitrogen (N), phosphoric acid (P) and potash (K) they contain.  While these are important elements, it is misleading to make a direct comparison between farm manures and chemical fertilizers on the basis of the relative amounts of N-P-K.  It is great for delicate plants.

A herd of alpacas consolidates its waste in one or two spots in the pasture, thereby controlling the spread of parasites and making it easier to collect and compost their fertilizer. This manure is also sometimes called "alpaca gold".   The fact that alpaca waste is a great recyclable product is another earth-friendly aspect of alpaca farming. Alpacas are not known to carry E-Coli 157.

Alpaca manure has a very low odor, practically none which makes it a fantastic fertilizer to work with. Good soil health will reduce disease and pest problems and keep your plants happy and healthy throughout the year.

Even with a small number of alpacas, you can spread the manure over your own fields to keep them fertilized and healthy and this will usually use up all your manure. You can also turn it into nice compost (add in your lawn cuttings, leaves and other organic matter) and you can trade it or sell it to neighbors as a natural fertilizer. Although alpaca manure starts out in a pellet or bean form, it breaks down quickly and can be used without extensive “aging”.

If your fields are organic and you feed your alpacas only organic feed and supplements, you may have an even bigger market for your manure. You can market it and sell it as organic – and this is an area that has been growing steadily for many years now.

Multiple uses for alpaca beans

  • Use Alpaca beans safely on your houseplants, just spoon a little into the soil, and the fertilizer will gradually release as you water.  It is odorless and harmless to pets.
  • Sprinkle some Alpaca beans around your plants or trees, mix with a little dirt and every time you water your plants you are fertilizing them at the same time.
  • For seedlings, use alpaca tea.  Mix 1/3 cup alpaca pellets with 2/3 cup of water and let it sit from 5-12 hours.  Within 24 hours of the first application, you will begin to see the difference in your seedling.  Alpaca tea appears to be an effective deer repellent also! Deer do not like the smell.
  • When transplanting house plants, mix it in with your potting soil.
  • Alpaca beans are great for delicate plants and terrific for soil health.  Adding it to your garden or lawn can help reduce disease and pest problems.

The chart below shows how alpaca manure compares to other common manures.

Manure

Chicken

Diary cow

Horse

Steer

Sheep

Alpaca

N-P-K

1.1 .80 .50

.25 .15 .25

.70 .30 .60

.70 .30 .40

.70 .30 .90

1.5 0.2 1.1

Chicken manure
Poultry manure (chicken in particular) is the richest animal manure in N-P-K.  Chicken manure is considered "hot" and must be composted before adding it to the garden.  Otherwise, it will burn any plants it comes in contact with.

Dairy (cow) manure
Dairy Manure may be the single most useful soil-builder around.  Washed dairy manure from healthy cows is just about perfect for garden use; it can be used as a topdressing and for soil improvement.  Dairy manure is preferable to steer manure, which has a higher salt and weed seed content.  Though cow manure has low nutrient numbers, that's what makes it safe to use in unlimited quantities.

Horse manure
Horse manure is about half as rich as chicken manure, but richer in nitrogen than cow manure. And, like chicken droppings, it's considered "hot".  Horse manure often contains a lot of weed seeds, which means it's a good idea to compost it using a hot composting method.

Steer manure
Steer manure is one of the old standbys, but it's not the most beloved because it often contains unwanted salts and weed seeds.

Sheep manure
Sheep manure is another "hot" manure. It is somewhat dry and very rich.  Manure from sheep fed hay and grain will be more potent than manure from animals that live on pasture.

Happy growing.  Do your own test so you can see for yourself why we call it "alpaca gold".

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