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Today I made friends with a woman who breeds rabbits for use as pets. Because I came to take her poo.
What would I want to do with several bins of rabbit poo? Because you can't run a closed loop system (self sustaining) garden without animals to help you fertilize, and rabbit manure is the greatest fertilizer made in this part of the world (next to worm castings, but I'd need a LOT of worms). Plus, it's the only manure that doesn't need to be composted first. And the roll-y pellets don't smell. Here's how rabit manure stacks up against other standard manures:

Rabbit manure: Nitrogen(N): 2.4 Phosphorus(P):1.4 Potassium(K): 0.6
Most concentrated of animal manures in fresh form. No composting needed.

Cow manure (dairy): N:0.6 P:0.2 K:0.5
Often contains weed seeds, should be hot composted.

Steer manure: N:0.7 P:0.3 K:0.4
Often contains weed seeds, should be hot composted if fresh.

Chicken manure: N:1.1 P:0.8 K:0.5
Breaks down quickest of all manures, but it will probably burn your plants (and it reeks) so it should definately be composted.

and finally, because I had never heard of Peruvian sea bird manure until today:
Peruvian Seabird Guano (pelletized): N:12 P:12 K:2.5
"Legendary fertilizer of the Incas. Use in soil as a long lasting fertilizer, or make into tea (1 tsp pellets to 1 gallon water)."

There's lots to learn about fertilizer here.

Cross-posted on Living Lime.

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Comment by Trell Johnson on May 9, 2009 at 9:51pm
I vermicompost and i can tell you, you wouldn't really need that many worms. But smart move on grabbing free fertiliser! Im sure all your plants are thanking you.
Comment by georgia schweyer on May 14, 2009 at 10:11pm
Good job Mellisa, on getting that rabbit Poo ! You did your home work to I see.
Loved your Blog, very educating . Keep up the good work !
I raise rabbits for meat and, use all their rabbit poo to. Nothing goes to waiste around here, not if I can help it. It's good to be back home in Montana though, after a year in a half in Ketchikan Ak. Although... my family and I are having the fishing withdrawels. I traded the salmon to go back to gardening, and... being around the people I Love and that Love me back. I have so enjoyed your two blogs that I have read so far. I'm gonna look to see if you have some more posted.
Good idea on the shop lights, I could do that... Keep on sharing your idea's, it's very helpful.
Thank you so much ! Have a great day...


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