Rather vulgar, I admit, but on the subject of manure, it is what it is...
The biggest boost to our trees has been the use of manure tea. This special brew, when added to trees, vegetables, and flowers, aids in toning the soil to allow for better absorption of nutrients to the plant's roots.
As disagreeable and disgusting as it may sound, it is one of the most productive forms of feeding our plants.
All you need is manure.....chicken, cow, goat, etc.
A porous bag. We found that produce bags work best and, of course, are the most inexpensive.
A 30 gallon trash can or some other large container with a lid.
A handful of chicken poo. It's not necessary to wear gloves, but if you're my husband, or any other normal person, you may want to grab some and don the protection.
Add manure to the bag until it's fairly full.
You want to leave some space at the top to tie it off, and give it a secure closing.
Tie off the top of the bag with a long piece of twine, make sure you knot it well and it's very tight. Then lower the bag about 2/3 of the way into the bucket. Tie the other end of your twine to the handle of the trash can. Fill with rain water or tap, and put the lid on.
Let your "tea" brew under a closed lid for about two weeks.
You can leave the bag in the bucket. I never take mine out until we're ready to brew some more tea. I get a gallon jug, fill it with tea, and pour it around the base of each plant. For the individual plants, I usually just pour a bit around the base, being careful not to get any on the leaves. For the trees, I pour an entire gallon around the base and roots.
I do it about once a week and have had very productive results. Like I said in an earlier post, once we added poo tea to our fig tree, it exploded with figs!