What Is Manure Tea?

Many organic gardeners will quickly tell you compost tea is the best all-around liquid fertilizer you can use on your plants. Compost tea is generally made by collecting finished compost and placing it in a bucket filled with water. The compost and water is allowed to brew for several days in the sun. The liquid is then strained and used to water vegetables, flowers, or lawns.

So, you are probably wondering then….. what is manure tea?

What Is Manure Tea?

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Manure tea is very similar to compost tea, in fact, it is compost tea but uses composted livestock manure.

The manure is collected and composted in the sun over the course of several months.

The livestock are raised in pastures that contain native grasses, where the cattle are allowed to graze just as nature intended.

Manure teas are used as a soil conditioner in vegetable gardens, flower gardens, lawns and compost piles. Watering plants with manure tea conditions the soil so plant roots can better absorb nutrients. It also provides valuable nutrients, minerals and beneficial microorganisms that supports growing strong and healthy plants.

Manure tea can also be added directly to compost piles to accelerate decomposition.

Manure Tea Simplified

Brewing manure tea was once a messy (and stinky) task which consisted of collecting the manure, composting the manure, mixing it in containers, then straining the liquid to get the valuable tea.

Many people are turned away by the idea of storing and handling manures in order to get the precious tea.

This is where Authentic Haven Brand simplified brewing and using manure teas. The composted manure is packaged in an all-natural cotton tea bag that makes brewing the manure tea a breeze!

You never have to worry about storing or handling manure because it’s all contained in a convenient tea bag ready for use.

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  1. Nice info, good to read something new today….i never knew tea had so many variations 🙂

  2. Hello thank you for visiting. Yes, manure tea has many uses in the garden, it’s safe for all plants indoors and outdoors and for all soil types. Better yet it is an excellent foliage spay as it will not burn your plants. What sets Authentic Haven Brand manure teas apart from others is we are a “closed loop source” we harvest and Eco package our manure teas from only Haven raised grass fed livestock. This important fact to know when you are growing in small spaces, raised beds, containers, etc., because not all organic matter is toxic free. I hope you’ll visit us often see what’s growing on in gardens across the country and Canada that are brewing and feeding Authentic Haven Brand premium manure tea soil conditioners. Annie

  3. Wow, you learn something new everyday! I have to admit, I am not much of a gardener but I find this interesting. I found your blog from Focus Society Mastermind contest!

  4. Hello Sherry:

    Thank you for stopping by and posting a comment to me. Yes, manure tea for 100% natural Soil nutrients. Chuck is a dear friend and has been brewing my Haven Brand manure teas in his garden for a few years now. I hope you’ll give them a try! Make sure to sign up for my News Letter I run specials throughout the growing season. Cheers to growing Green, Annie

  5. Thank you for your comment on Authentic Haven Brand manure tea 100% natural Soil nutrients I hope you’ll be back to visit this growing season Annie

  6. Thanks for sharing this, I really had not idea.

  7. AnnieHaven says

    Thank you for stopping by, Authentic Haven Brand “Manure Teas” are 100% natural Soil nutrients safe for all indoor and outdoor plants and it makes a wonderful foliage spray it will not burn your plants.


    I am a student of grade 8 and i have to make a model on the topic A BETTER WAY TO GROW CROPS.Kindly suggest me something related to manure tea or manure water.

  9. AnnieHaven says


    I would be happy to help you with your project. There is a host of information on my web site http://www.manuretea.com Manure tea is 100% natural Soil nutrients. I raise my livestock on grass pastures. I do not feed them genetically engineered feeds, no antibiotics, growth hormones and I do not use pesticides or herbicide chemicals on my ranch so Authentic Haven Brand Natural Brew is as pure and clean as it can be. I hope this helps you Thank you for contacting me Annie

  10. Sounds very interesting, never tried using Manure tea but I think I will give it a shot in the spring in my new raised bed.

  11. I take great pride in Authentic Haven Brand Natural Brew, bringing the finest quality 100% natural nutrients to the world of gardening. I look forward to talking with you. Annie Haven

  12. Never heard of this before. I have a worm composting system at home but this is different. First thing I thought was how messy it would be but after reading further I see how the processing part has all been done for you.

  13. AnnieHaven says

    Hello Alex: Thank you for your post. Manure tea is how my family has supplied nutrients to the soil for generations. I have simply reduced the packaging to make it consumer friendly as we brew in 1,000 to 30,000 gallon vats. I harvest, process and package Authentic Haven Brand by hand, there is no machinery involved and it is ready to brew when you receive it. My livestock are raised grass fed, no antibiotics, growth hormones and there are no herbicides or pesticides used on our ranch. Here is a link to one of the most recent News articles http://www.ocregister.com/articles/haven-495170-cattle-tea.html and you can find more articles and information from grower and gardeners feeding my manure teas at http://pinterest.com/greensoiltea/authentic-haven-brand-soil-nutrients/ and of course I am always available if you have any further questions Thank you again Annie Haven

  14. liza pedregosa says

    heloo!!i am studying BS AGRICULTURE and i am asking for your help about manure tea regarding with my thesis proposal intitled Growth and yield of cucumber using animal manure tea i am looking forward for your help thank you=)

  15. AnnieHaven says

    Hello Alex, thank you for viewing my manure tea web site. please feel free to contact me if I can answer any questions for you! Annie

  16. AnnieHaven says

    Hello I would be happy to share information with you you can e-mail me your questions at Info@manuretea.com it’s always a pleasure to share Thank you Annie Haven

  17. AnnieHaven says

    Hello Liza please e-mail us at info@manuretea.com we would be happy to assist you with your thesis on manure tea

  18. Would love to hear more from you … Cheers Vicki

  19. AnnieHaven says

    Hello Vicki,

    I’m always happy to share i sent you an e-mail lets keep in touch. Annie

  20. Stephanie Coker says

    Hi Annie,

    Can the manure or alfalfa tea be used on citrus trees like lime and meyer lemon?

  21. Citrus trees really do well with regular feedings of the cow manure tea. Most all plants get a great root boost with at least one good feeding of Alfalfa tea and roses perform well with a feeding of Alfalfa tea as a first feeding after your last frost and another good feeding before the Fall bloom with feedings of cow or horse manure tea in between.

  22. Victoria says

    What is the difference between the cow manure tea and using straight cow manure. And how can I be sure that I am getting the same amount of nutrients from the manure tea as I would for “farm-fresh” manure?

  23. we raise miniature horses and thought I could make my own manure tea is horse manure safe to use on succulents and cactus plants thank you very much

  24. Hello Wanda

    Please feel free to email me at info@manuretea.com or call the office at 949-248-1249 Thank you Annie Haven


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