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Chicken droppings as fertilizer for tomatoes and cucumbers


Tomatoes are a demanding crop and fertilizer, so you should pay special attention to this issue to get a rich harvest. Is it possible to fertilize them with poultry (chicken) droppings and to what extent this feeding is justified, let's talk in today's article.

Is bird droppings useful for tomatoes and cucumbers?

Tomatoes and cucumbers for good growth and development requires a sufficient amount of nitrogen in the soil. But with its oversupply, the reverse process is observed: the appearance of fruits slows down, the bushes grow into a green mass, the fruits become tasteless and deformed.

Another well-known fact is that tomatoes do not like planting in fresh manure, they begin to “fatten”, that is, the leaves and stems actively grow, but the fruits are not tied, concentrated nutrients are poorly absorbed and the roots often “burn” because of this, plants become susceptible for many diseases. In addition, pathogenic microorganisms, weed seeds and other undesirable components are often found in such manure.

For planting tomato use only the manure, which managed to bend for at least a year. This natural fertilizer is ideal for creating "warm beds." In the fall, a layer of soil in the greenhouse is removed, and the bottom is covered with natural insulation:

Chicken litter closeup
  • Straw.
  • Sawdust.
  • Spruce needles.
  • Spruce branches.

The next layer is laid with fresh manure approximately 8-12 cm, and the cut layer of greenhouse soil is poured on top, the entire greenhouse is poured over and covered with plastic wrap. Such warmed ridges will help the plants to cope with spring frosts, so it is possible to plant tomatoes earlier.

Top dressing tomato organic fertilizers

Manure reduces the acidity of the soil due to the high content of calcium and magnesium, and potassium and magnesium are contained in the most suitable simple form for tomatoes. From manure, a large amount of carbon dioxide is released, which is necessary in the process of photosynthesis. Types of manure used for feeding a tomato:

  1. Horse - the most suitable for culture, ideal for laying in greenhouses and greenhouses;
  2. Cow - is used for all types of soil, decomposes for a long time;
  3. Sheep and goat - is able to saturate the roots of plants with nutrients for a long time, the most effective.
  4. Pork - most often used in greenhouses, effective at the onset of spring.
  5. Rabbit is similar in action to the horse, but the difficulty arises in finding the right amount of fertilizer, as there are few large farms and farms.
  6. Chicken manure is extremely useful and saturated with potassium, magnesium, phosphoric acid. Fertilizing the soil once, for the next few years, making supplements is not required.
Chicken droppings mixed with straw
It is worth remembering that solutions based on chicken manure should be used only for application at the root of plants.

Terms of manure

The beginning of feeding the culture is approximately 3 weeks after transplantation into a greenhouse or an open ridge. Use for this purpose mullein. 500 ml of mullein is combined with a bucket of water and 1 table spoon of nitrophoska. The resulting solution is watered each bush 500 ml each. The next feeding is done when another brush with flowers is formed, and the third - during the third flowering.

Tomatoes do not like:

  • Too fertilized with organic fertilizer.
  • More than 3-4 feedings.
  • Urea is suitable only for spraying and never adds to the plant root.

Is it possible to feed vegetables with humus?

Chicken manure is several times higher than cow manure in the content of many substances: nitrogen, phosphorus, magnesium, shoals, manganese and zinc. Use only to feed after watering or rain, and the mixture can not be poured into the well.

The litter has a beneficial effect on the soil and 3 years after feeding, is a “long-lasting” fertilizer.

But do not forget that in its pure fresh form to make it in any case not! Especially in seedlings.

The advantages of making chicken humus for tomatoes and cucumbers:

Infusion on chicken litter
  • No toxic substances.
  • Long beneficial effect on the ground.
  • Improves the qualitative composition of the soil.
  • Accelerates the ripening of fruits.
  • Reduces soil acidity.
  • Easy use.
  • Increases plant resistance to disease.

Use chicken fertilizer

  • From fresh chicken excrement, you can prepare a liquid mixture for feeding. Use 1 part of dry matter or fresh manure per 20 liters of water, leave the mixture in the open air to evaporate the urea, and after 10 days use it for its intended purpose: watering the rows between the seedlings.
  • Compost pits are a very convenient way to get excellent fertilizer for laying the next harvest. The manure is mixed with the ground and placed on a grass substrate or on harvested tops. The following year, compost mixed with straw, sawdust or peat is useful for feeding plants or as a bookmark in the greenhouse. The unpleasant smell of the compost pit can be removed by covering it with a layer of earth or straw.
  • Infusions are prepared in the following proportions: dilute 1 liter of water and 1 liter of dry or fresh excrement and store for 2-5 days in a warm place for fermentation. After that, you can plant tomatoes and feed them immediately. Before feeding, the infusion is diluted with water at a ratio of 1:10. The infusion is stored for a long time, so it is possible to use such a concentrate for the whole season.

Chicken droppings are used for tomatoes at all stages of the life cycle: before planting, it is possible to use granulated and liquid. During active growth of plants used infusions.

Infusion is used twice per growing cycle:

  • The first time it is made in 20 days after transplantation in the greenhouse.
  • Repeat the procedure after 30-35 days.
Watering tomato infusion on chicken litter

Dry litter is made in the autumn after harvesting all crops. It is moistened with water, evenly distributed over the entire surface of the soil, and then leveled with a rake and left until the spring thaw. During the winter, this fertilizer will perepret well, and from the beginning of spring, you can begin digging the site.

Having made the first dressing, you should definitely watch its result. Tomato leaves - these indicators. If the plants grow too actively, the leaves and stems become thicker, there is no need to add more fertilizer, it threatens to produce a lush green bush without fruit and fruit.

Taking care of their health, more and more gardeners and plant growers choose natural, organic fertilizers. Observing all agrotechnical requirements, norms and terms of making the feeding you can get an excellent and tasty harvest every year!