MY FAVORITE GIVEAWAYS: THE SOIL AMENDMENT I ALWAYS HAVE BREWING

Welcome to Day 3 of my favorite giveaways, where I'm giving away all the gardening stuff I love best. Today I'm giving something I guarantee will make your garden grow better.

I know you just rolled your eyes. Or scoffed. Or thought, "She's nuts." You may be right on that last one, but hear me out on this giveaway.

Think of all the benefits of compost and composted manure in your garden. You don't question that, right? Imagine if you could bottle that goodness? Manure tea is the answer.



Authentic Haven Brand soil conditioner teas are giant "tea" bags filled with dried, high-quality cow or horse manure. There is also an alfalfa variety. Either way, brewing it couldn't be easier. I just fill up a five-gallon bucket and drop in a "tea" bag. Wait a day and then use it.

And it's what happens next that is right up there with garden magic. Use the so-called MooPoo tea (which is a too-fun nickname that I prefer) by watering plants with it, using it as a foliar feed or as a soak for bareroot plants, bulbs or new transplants. When I buy small starter plants that I grow on in pots for awhile before transplanting to the garden, I always give them a few-second soak in MooPoo tea. You can read more about how to use it here.

Anytime a plant is stressed or looks in need of a boost, I reach for the MooPoo tea and I feel like it often helps. It's not a panacea, but in my mind, it's close. It's also a no-brainer: You're never going to hurt a plant with it like you might with many other fertilizers or amendments.

I almost always have a batch of tea brewing and just a few weeks ago I bought several bags to get me through the first part of the growing season.

If you read a lot of gardening blogs, you've probably heard about MooPoo tea before. The stuff has a pretty strong following. But if you've never had a chance to actually try it, you're going to get a chance to fix that today. Authentic Haven Brand has generously donated two sample three-packs (each three-pack is good for up to 15 gallons of tea) so that two wonderful readers can give it a shot.


Here's how you can enter:
1. Log in on the widget below.
2. Leave a comment (by clicking the large, highlighted link at the bottom of the post that displays the number of comments) telling me if there is a "special" plant in your garden that you give a little extra love.
3. Earn additional entries by doing other tasks in the widget.

If for some reason you cannot comment, drop me an email at impatientgardener@gmail.com and I'll make sure that your entry is included. The giveaway will remain open for a week.

And remember that you can also still enter to win other giveaways from this week:
Monday: The Perfect Garden Hose
Tuesday: My favorite soil knife

And make sure to come back tomorrow when I'll be giving away a tool you won't want to miss.

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46 comments :

  1. I noticed that it says the contest hasn't started. I would use this to gee my tomatoes a boost in the heat of August when I am saying "come on babies, you can do it"!

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  2. I would use it on the peony plants I inherited from my husband's grandmother... :)

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  3. It says the contest has not started yet. Too bad. Was looking forward to this. Could use it on my rose bushes.

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  4. 'd Ilove to have that garden hose especially red :)!

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  5. I am nurturing a young Ligularia 'Chinese Dragon', it has amazing foliage.

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  6. so many uses for this stuff. i've never tried it, but i can't wait! anything to help my younger plants survive the austin heat!

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  7. It's actually an area of special shade-lovers, natives such as Solomon Seal and May apples and unusual hostas and ferns, that get extra love in my garden.

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  8. I'd love to try this in my perennial garden :)

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  9. Had used cow manure 'tea' years ago on tomatoes. Would be great to have some MooPoo tea to use on tomatoes again.

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  10. I would like to try it!

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  11. I would love to try this on my bare root trees and perennials I got this spring!

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  12. My peach trees and new bareroot roses!!!

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  13. I have a handful of hybrid tea roses that have no business being this far north, but with extra care and love, they make it through the winter. No doubt they would appreciate a boost of this in the spring!

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  14. I just transplanted some peonies and I know they don't like to be moved, so that is what I'd use the tea for!

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  15. My friend gave me a baby Guernsey Cream clematis that she found next to her plant, and it struggled last year. It came back this year, but is tiny and I'm certain it won't bloom. Moo Poo might be what it needs!

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  16. I'd love to try this in my garden.

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  17. This sounds like great stuff! I'd love to try it in my garden as well. Thanks!

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  18. I love ALL of my plants. I grow everything I can get seeds for! This would be good for my raspberry plants! Dee Fedor Falicki

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  19. I give extra love to my asparagus. I'm always excited to see those little beauties pop up every spring.

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  20. I would love to use it on the strawberries my 3 year old and I planted last year -- he's convinced there should be berries already in Wisconsin -- I'll do anything I can do to help, right?

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  21. I have been dying to try this!!

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  22. Would this work on my pitiful rose bush? I can't seem to do anything right for it. If not, my asparagus probably wouldn't mind some extra love.

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  23. Starting a garden from scratch this year-- everything need special attention!

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  24. That sounds neat, I would love to try it!

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  25. My extra love goes to my angel trumpets and my cane begonias. Bloom baby, bloom!

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  26. I would love to try manure tea out!

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  27. My blueberry bushes are in need the most but I guess I give my lavender the most attention.

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  28. oooh, all my plants would love this, i think. they'll be vying for the attention. thanks so much for the chance to win. poo-poo-pah-do! --suz in ohio

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  29. My raspberry bushes need some boost. Would love to try it on them.

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  30. I have a few native plants that are still small, and I tend to baby them a little more. Thanks!

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  31. If you are recommending it, that's reason enough for me to try it.

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  32. would love to win. my raspberries need it!

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  33. would love to win. my raspberries need it!

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  34. Manure tea sounds like a great idea!

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  35. I would love to give my blueberries some extra care. They are just beginning to fruit heavily as full adult plants.

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  36. It changes throughout the season. Right now I am all about my hellebores as I love them and lost all of the ones I had growing 2 winters ago. I'm hoping I can get the ones I have now well established.

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  37. I started a raised veggie garden two years ago with my young kids. They love to check out what's growing and what needs to be harvested, so that's always the first thing to get our attention when we go out to the garden!

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  38. Our Rose Bushes NEED extra loving! Thanks and God bless! ILuvTheEucharist @ aol.com

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  39. This sounds so interesting!

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  40. The "special" plant in my garden that I am giving extra love to is a yellow magnolia that I bought two years ago. I was so excited to see it bloom last year ........... then the rabbits ate it, It was reduced to less than half it's original size with no hope of even one bloom ................. I gave it extra attention all summer and fall last year. This winter I protected it with a cage and now I visit it daily to check on it's progress and see if I might get a bloom or two. Keeping my fingers crossed.

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  41. I do not have any yet, this is the year for me to start. I am planning on so many things such as foods and small plants - shaunie

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  42. Mine is my wildflowers. They seem to be lacking something.

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