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Closing The Loop...With Poop!

Most avid gardeners and farmers know the value of well aged manures like poultry,horse and dairy. But there are other ways for the home grower and small scale farmer to make use of animal waste from pets. No..we are not talking about fluffy and fido. That's not what we are referring to here.

There are more common pets that are often overlooked when it comes to supplementing the garden. One of the most beneficial is fish aquariums. Whether it's salt water or fresh water. Both are an excellent source of minerals. There are a few companies that sell waste water from fish farms. Why not use it on your houseplants if you do not have a garden?


Pet rabbits are another excellent source of nutrients for your garden as many folks know. The difference with rabbit manure is it doesn't need to be aged. it is considered a green manure that can be used right away. Rabbit manure is great to add to a compost pile for a nitrogen source. If you happen to raise worms rabbit manure is a great food for them too. Alpaca manure is another green manure that doesn't require aging and can be used right away. Granted most people don't have alpacas hanging out in their yard.


Some exotic reptile collectors raise their own meal worms. The waste or frass that comes from meal worm production is an often over looked source for a garden amendment. Not only is it great in the garden. But it can also be an excellent source of extra income in these trying times.

There are multiple ways to save money and use the resources around you to supplement your garden.

As I mentioned in the beginning of this blog. Chicken manure has a long history in the garden. It is one of the most useful animals on the farm. They provide eggs for food and their shells can be used as a source of slow release calcium. Even the feathers can be ground into feather meal for a slow release nitrogen source.

Composting and vermicomposting combined with any of these resources listed in this blog will put you in the right direction to closing the loop and having a successful harvest.


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