How to Make Manure Tea

Manure tea can be a very beneficial tool in the fertilization of plants. It's an easy process that is sure to produce a beautiful, healthy garden. Here is a step-by-step process for how to make manure tea as plant food.


  1. 1
    Fill a 5-gallon (18.9 l) bucket with the desired amount of water.
  2. 2
    Shovel your manure into a large burlap sack or pillowcase.
    • You should use 5 parts water to 1 part manure.
  3. 3
    Tie a knot in the sack to secure it.
  4. 4
    Place the sack into the water.
  5. 5
    Cover the bucket with a towel to keep flies away.
  6. 6
    Allow the sack to steep in the water for several days.
    • The manure tea should reach a deep, golden brown color.
  7. 7
    Remove the sack from the water after its been fully steeped and allow it to hang over the bucket until it no longer drips.
  8. 8
    Dilute with clean water.
  9. 9
    Apply to your plants and watch them grow beautiful and healthy.
    • The manure tea can be applied in a variety of ways. Place it in a spray bottle for easy misting, or in a watering can for better saturation. A hose-end sprayer can be utilized for larger areas. Manure tea can also be poured directly onto a compost pile to speed decomposition.


  • If you need a faster steeping method, you can add forgo the sack and simply add your manure directly to the water. This can shave several days off the process. You will have to stir the tea frequently and strain it through a cheesecloth to remove the solid parts.
  • A good ratio for diluting your manure tea is approximately 1 cup (8 oz.) of tea to 1 gallon (3.8 l) of water.
  • Make sure to use manure that has been well-aged in the sun for several months as fresh manure is much too strong and could burn your plants.
  • Manure tea made exclusively from grass-fed animals is said to be the perfect plant food for organic vegetables. Despite its detractors, it is believed to be safer and healthier than chemical-laden processed fertilizers.
  • This manure tea can be used every day. It promotes strong roots, brightly colored foliage and can actually deter insects. It is also said to protect plants from some fungal diseases.


  • Some may advise against using manure tea on plants grown for food due to the risk that it could contaminate the food with bacteria. If you do, it is suggested that it be applied at least 60 days prior to harvesting if the food is to be consumed without being cooked.

Things You'll Need

  • 1 5-gallon (18.9 l) bucket or container
  • Large burlap sack or pillowcase
  • Manure
  • Water
  • Container lid or towel
  • Shovel

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Categories: Manure Compost Systems | Sustainable Living