Pelleted chicken manure can be used in your garden by mixing it through soil with a garden fork before planting fruit trees, lawns, vegetables, native plants and flowers. It can be dissolved in water and mixed with seaweed solution for a super nutrient boost for plants. Water it in well after applying to prevent any root burn.
8 Amazing benefits of pelleted chicken manure
- Works as a slow release fertilizer
- Improves plant root growth
- Improves plant stem strength
- Improves leaf growth
- Benefits the soil by adding organic matter
- Improve microbe and worm activity
- Natural and organic
- Balanced nutrient mix
Benefits of pelleted chicken manure for plants
Pelleted chicken manure is a gentle fertilizer that adds a range of macro and micro nutrients to your plants in a balanced way.
Here are 4 main benefits of pelleted chicken manure for plants:
- Helps the soil to hold more water and nutrients
- Helps to feed the worms and microorganisms for a healthier soil
- Helps with drainage and aeration which helps your plants to grow a stronger root system
- Contains lots of slow release nutrients including macro nutrients like nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium
Natural, organic fertilizers like pelleted chicken manure will allow the plant to take up the amount of nutrients they need. It can be applied regularly and is great to support healthy leaf, stem and root growth.
Pelleted chicken manure is often sold mixed with other organic ingredients. This can include seaweed and fish meal which gives it all-round benefits for plants.
Plants that benefit from chicken manure pellets
Chicken manure pellets can be used on vegetables, flowers, fruit trees and native plants. I use this as a fertilizer on top of my plants every 1-2 months and I also mix it in the soil before I plant. I only use a small handful for each new plant and this gets it off to a great start.
Pelleted chicken manure on trees and shrubs
Use chicken manure pellets on trees and shrubs, by sprinkling it around the root zone and under the leaf canopy. Make sure you keep it away from the trunk and water in.
Doing this has kept my fruit trees healthy throughout the year. A healthy fruit tree will grow organically and won’t be attacked by insects as often as an unhealthy plant.
Pelleted chicken manure to improve soil
Adding pelleted chicken manure to soil before you plant is a great idea. Just dig it into the soil and add some compost.
I like to apply the manure pellets to my soil even if there is not a plant there already. This will help to build up the soil, making it healthier and ready to plant into when I buy (another) plant. I always like to think about caring for the soil as much as my plants.
Pelleted chicken manure on vegetable gardens
I use pelleted chicken manure on my vegetable garden, in my raised garden beds. I will mix some in before planting seeds or seedlings like lettuce, strawberries broccoli or tomatoes.
After the seeds have grown for about a month, I will then sprinkle some extra on top. I won’t add any more to the vegetables after this. This will be enough to help lettuce, pak choy and herbs to grow to full height.
Make sure you still give them a good wash before eating to make sure there is no residue or dirt on the leaves.
Here are 3 important tips when using pelleted chicken manure.
- Don’t add it to your plants if the temperature is above 85 degrees Fahrenheit or 30 degrees Celsius
- Don’t add it to your plants if they are dry – Give them a good water first, add the pellets then water it in again.
- Wash in the pellets off the leaves – Do not to let it sit on the leaves or stems of your plants. Wash it off with a hose to stop the pellets from burning your plants.
Chicken manure pellets – FAQ
Chicken manure pellets are great for all vegetables. I stop adding it at least 4 weeks before I want to pick and eat my fruit and vegetables like lettuce leaves, strawberries and tomatoes.
It is important to make sure you give fruit and vegetables a good wash under clean, running water before eating them. I like to submerge lettuce and pak choy leaves in cold water for a few minutes then run them under cold water again to make sure any dirt has been removed.
A great way to give your tomatoes nutrients throughout the season is to dig a handful of chicken manure pellets into the soil first before planting.
I then add a small handful to the tomato plant each month for the first 2 months until the fruit starts to form. I won’t add any more after this time as I find that the plant doesn’t need it. After this time I might add some extra liquid fish emulsion to the soil.
Annual flowers will grow bigger and brighter flowers if they get all of the nutrients they need. Chicken manure pellets have a wide range of nutrients so will keep my flowers going throughout the winter season.
I use chicken manure pellets on all of my annual flowers. This year I have planted dianthus and violas which are both growing well. I will add this monthly to the flowers as they grow.
Pelleted chicken manure definitely has a smell. The one I use also has seaweed mixed in which gives it an extra dose of smelly goodness. I don’t mind the smell as it reminds me of good times spent in my vegetable garden. I make sure I water it in well over the next few days after applying it and the smell will go away
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