Manure Tea is the colored water
that manure has been steeped in. The nutrients from the manure dissolve
into the water, making a concentrated Liquid Garden Fertilizer. You may
find Rabbit Manure to be much less aromatic than most other manures, and
the Tea likewise.
Use it to dip every new plant
before you transplant them. Dip only the root ball, until bubbles quit
coming to the surface of the Tea container.
Also use Tea to wet furrows before
planting, and fill holes with it before you plant trees or shrubs. Wait
until it dissipates before you plant, to allow the nutrients to permeate
the nearby soil. Also submerge root balls of trees and shrubs into it until
the bubbles stop rising, before planting them. We're betting your Gardening
success will improve.
To make the Tea, put five quarts
of manure on a 3' X 3' square of burlap or other porous cloth that
will act as a strainer to separate the solids from the liquid. Tie the
four corners of the burlap together to form a bag. Put the bag in a 5-gallon
bucket and add three gallons of warm water. Allow it to steep in the warm
sunshine for a week. Remove the bag and suspend it above the bucket until
it stops dripping.
You can speed up the process
by putting manure directly into the water for 3 days, stirring daily. Then
put the burlap over a second bucket and pour the mixture from the first
bucket onto the burlap to remove the solids. Suspend these solids as above.