Hello Friends! In Today’s article, we will look into 6 interesting gardening ideas and hacks on how to use cow dung or any animal manure for that matter. We will also see about benefits of it.
Questions like: Can I use fresh cow dung on my plants and few useful gardening hacks on using fresh cow dung as fertilizer, sun-dried or dehydrated cow dung for plants, and more.
We all know that Cow dung is one of the best organic natural fertilizers for plants. Cow manure is packed with quality major and minor nutrients required for plant growth that is NPK – nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium, and other trace elements.
Roughly the NPK value of decomposed cow dung is NPK – 3:2:1.
What is cow dung used for?
- Cow dung, which is usually a dark brown color, often used as manure (agricultural fertilizer).
- If not recycled into the soil by species such as earthworms and dung beetles, cow dung can dry out and remain on the pasture, creating an area of grazing land which is unpalatable to livestock.
Now, let’s Begin with our 5 interesting and useful questions on the use of cow dung, horse dung or any animal manure.
Cow Dung Uses & Hacks
1.Can we use Fresh Cow dung on Plants?
Cow dung nutritionally rich for plants. This is the most important and commonly asked question on cow dung.
Cow dung can be either:-
- Fresh Cow dung,
- Dehydrated cow dung,
- Aged or Partially decomposed dung,
- Completely decomposed cow dung manure which is commercially sold by many companies like this one.
We will discuss this one by one and by the end of the article, you will know which is best for your plants!
Fresh Cow poop should never be applied to your plants because it not only stinks but contains high levels of ammonia and salts which can burn your plants.
It also contains harmful microorganisms like e-coli which are harmful to plants and humans. Plus it also contains weed seeds which can produce a lot of weeds or unwanted plants in your garden.
If you have fresh cow dung, you can use it in many ways and follow few simple hacks.
2.Convert Fresh Cow dung to Aged Cow dung:
Yes, the next better option to use is aged cow dung at least 6 months old. Cow dung has many uses like fertilizer etc.
- A simple hack has just dug a hole in your garden, or if you do container gardening,
- Take a large container with garden soil
- Dig a hole at least 4 to 6 inches deep and pour in the fresh cow dung and cover it with garden soil.
- Leave it to age for at least 6 months.
3.Another simple garden hack on using fresh cow dung or horse dung is:
- Dig a hole between two plants and
- Bury fresh cow dung atleast4-6 inches deep and should not be in direct contact with roots,
- This way the manure becomes a gradual fertilizer around the plant and is not in “direct” contact with the roots to burn the plants.
- The only drawback of this hack is, it can not be used in container gardening unless it’s a large container.
- And one more thing: you can also use sun-dried cow dung for this hack. We will talk about this next.
4.Dehydrated Cow Dung:
- This is simple terms means dehydration – meaning the removal of water from it. This is done in two ways – the desi method is just sun dry it for a few days and dehydrated.
- This process of dehydration especially the machine processed method which uses heat to dehydrate reduces the harmful microbes and also ammonia and salt content to a certain extent.
- This dehydrated cow dung is lightweight and can be used on most plants. But use it in smaller amounts or better avoid for young plants and seedlings.
5.Composted or Fully Decomposed Cow dung:
- If you drop the cow dung into the process of composting, the final product you get is the best and safe organic fertilizer for your plants.
- When you compost cow manure, you get several benefits like the harmful ammonia is eliminated, weed seeds in the soil are destroyed and it also makes your soil well-draining and well-aerated plus its moisture-holding capacity is greatly improved.
- The only problem is it’s a bit expensive especially from a reliable company.
- This type of cow dung is the safe and best option for plants and can be applied either by mixing with potting soil in about 20 to30 percent proportion or It can also be applied once a month on the topsoil after raking or tilling the soil.
6. Cow Dung Cakes are Used in Villages
- A mud and cow dung fertilizer that is often applied on the floors of country homes in India and might be used on the walls as well.
- Cleaning the house with cow dung water is a ritual in India, often related to the material strategies or science of architecture.
- However, it creates a waterproof layer and protects the house from heat and misfortune.
Benefits Cow Dung Manure
- Compost Composting cow manure has several benefits. In addition to eliminating harmful ammonia gas and pathogens (like E. coli), as well as weed seeds, composted cow manure will add generous amounts of organic matter to your soil.
- By mixing this compost into the soil, you can improve its moisture-holding capacity.
- This allows you to water less frequently, as the roots of plants can use the additional water and nutrients when needed.
- Additionally, it will improve aeration, helping to break up compacted soils.
- Composted cow manure also contains beneficial bacteria, which convert nutrients into easily accessible forms so they can be slowly released without burning tender plant roots.
- Composting cow manure also produces about a third fewer greenhouse gases, making it environmentally friendly.
Cow Dung Price
- Approximately 199 ₹ (4 $)