Rabbit Manure as Soil Nutrients
Healthy, Happy rabbits make your vegetables healthy and happy.
Rabbit manure is packed with nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, and many minerals, lots of micro-nutrients, plus many other beneficial trace elements such as calcium, magnesium, boron, zinc, manganese, sulfur, copper, cobalt and more.
Rabbit manure is one of the few fertilizers that will not burn your plants when added directly to the garden and can be safely used on food plants. Just make sure the manure has dried out. Wet urine soaked manure could burn the plants. In terms of organic fertilizer for your garden, it’s hard to top the quality of rabbit manure. Some gardeners go so far as to say that it’s the best fertilizer you can find. Many other types of manure are also high in nitrogen, but not all are good sources of phosphorus.
Grab a handful from under the rabbit cage and spread it all over the garden. I like to think of them as time release capsules, as the pellets don’t completely break down right away. It’s slow-release thing. If the pellets are urine-soaked, (which they usually aren’t) you can let them dry out a bit or just fold them into a couple inches of soil.
Rabbit manure tea is a great way to feed the exceptional nutrients in rabbit manure to your garden. It is even more powerful when you add to your tea valuable trace minerals. A simple 1:5 ration works great. A 1 gallon bucket of dry rabbit manure into 5 gallons of water. Stir occasionally for a couple of days. Just dip your tea out of the bucket, thin it down till it is a weak tea color, and apply about 1 to 2 pints to the soil around each plant, not on the plant itself. Manure teas are especially beneficial in helping plants in the growth stage. Don’t apply manure tea once the plant is ready to set fruit, since the nitrogen in your tea will encourage the plant to grow larger but set less fruit.
Rabbit Manure in Compost
Oh my. If I gave you an earful on the virtues of rabbit poop in the garden, then you have to know that this goes double for the compost pile. If you can get your hands on even a small pail of rabbit poop every once in a while, you’ll be in nitrogen heaven as far as composting goes. Bunny gold is nitrogen on steroids; it really gets a pile going. If you have rabbits, you’ll never be at a loss for a green (nitrogen) source for your compost pile.