I gave my pansies a little treat today – horse manure. Flowers love the stuff! Unbelievably, composted (dried and cured) horse manure does not have an odor. I meant to feed the pansies a few weeks ago but never got around to it. It’s not as if it’s difficult to do. Just sprinkle a few handfuls of horse poo on the flowers, water it in, and wait for it to do it’s magic. I expect them to look fabulous around the first week of February.
I am fortunate to have friends who own horses and love to give me sh*t. Er… well, you know what I’m trying to say. It’s important to use only fully composted manure. The fresh stuff is too strong and burns young plants. Not only that, it’s messy and it stinks. Think of horse manure as a fine wine. It gets better with age.
Another thing I like to do is make horse manure tea. Sounds delicious, doesn’t it? Before you rush to my house with a tall glass of ice, let me tell you that manure tea is not for human consumption. If someone tells you that it is, he/she is not your friend and you should never speak to this person again. I mean, really! You should also try not to recall other “good advice” this friend gave you. It will only humiliate and sadden you.
Where was I? Oh yes, manure tea. I use manure tea for my houseplants. It’s not as messy, or as unsightly, as the stuff straight from the bucket. To make the manure tea, I fill a muslin bag with composted horse manure and soak it in a watering can for a few days. When the water resembles weak tea, it’s ready to use. It’s like a power shake for plants. Try it! Your plants will show you how much they love you by providing you with beautiful blooms and lush foliage.