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Today was a beautiful day. I took the dogs out for a run in the field after supper, then went for a half mile walk down the road less than an hour ago. The air is finally warm enough to go out without three or four layers. The next couple of days are supposed to be even nicer, which means yard work and alpaca pen cleaning.
Along with the spring cleanup comes getting the rain barrels back in place. My indoor plants will enjoy the rainwater, because our well water is not the best. It has kept them alive, but they will do much better with rainwater.
I top-dressed my house plants with ground alpaca beans on the weekend, which is a good soil amendment. It’s not the same as Miracle-Gro, but it is good when they need a little boost. And, I have a never-ending supply of them. For those who are still a little confused, alpaca beans are a prettier name for alpaca poop. They are similar in consistency to rabbit poop, so are easy to gather up and dry.
There are a couple of ways to use alpaca beans: the aforementioned ground beans, plus alpaca tea. I sense some ewww’s when I say alpaca tea, but no, you don’t drink it. Dried alpaca beans (two cups or so) are put into a burlap bag, then left to soak in a five gallon bucket for twenty-four hours. The burlap bag is then removed, and the tea is used for watering the plants. The bag of beans can be tossed into your compost bin and will break down to use as a soil amendment in your garden and planters.
I have used alpaca beans directly in my garden beds, but realized the other methods work better. It is easier to mix in the ground beans than whole ones, and looks better too. The alpaca tea is great for indoor plants and container plants, as they benefit from smaller doses of nutrients more often.
To grind my beans I have utilized an unused food processor. It will not be used in my kitchen ever again. I do my bean grinding in an outbuilding, but do realize it is something that should be done completely outdoors. It is dusty work, and wearing a mask is a must. Fine alpaca bean dust cannot be good for one’s lungs.
I haven’t packaged the beans for sale yet, but if anyone is interested in trying some, I do have a few containers of ground beans available. One of my goals when we get settled in our new home is to package and market the dried beans so customers can make their own alpaca tea. The tea is easily absorbed by the plant’s roots, which makes it an ideal soil additive.
Have you tried alpaca beans or alpaca tea for your plants? If so, what were the results?
The photo is of my view on my walk this evening. I also posted this one on Instagram, as I only took one.