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Post  TejasTerry on 1/3/2012, 4:44 pm

I scored some Llama beans today for almost nothing. I got (5) 5 gallon buckets full for $15. Llama Manure 53366

I wasn't sure if it had to compost for a long time or what, so did some research online and found this info...The forum would not let me post the link because I am a new member, but after a week I can post it if anyone is interested.

How to use and store llama beans.

Llama beans
can be used directly in your garden without danger of burning plants. If the beans aren't kept moist
they will harden and form a white crust taking longer to break down. My favorite way to store them is
to moisten them (damp not dripping, like you do compost) and keep them well covered. During the
first couple of days check and remoisten if needed (it will depend on how dry they are when you start
this process). In something over a month the beans will break down and look like moist rich peat
moss, ready to amend your garden. This allows you to have yours ready to go instead of having to
wait during spring or fall planting preparation.when increased demand causes supply to be lower.
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Post  llama momma on 1/3/2012, 5:05 pm

Hello!
Alright! You scored llama manure! It is very good for the garden and it hardly smells compared to other manures. Yes it can be put fresh into the garden because it has a low carbohydrate content, as high carbs causes many other fresh manures to burn plants. Bunny poo is another source that doesn't burn.

I like to put it into the compost because I have so much of it. If you have other llama farms nearby you may want to check them out too. You may find people who will give it away free as long as you offer to scoop it up yourself. Just a helpful hint! Happy Gardening, LM
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Post  TejasTerry on 1/3/2012, 5:15 pm

@llama momma wrote:Hello!
Alright! You scored llama manure! It is very good for the garden and it hardly smells compared to other manures. Yes it can be put fresh into the garden because it has a low carbohydrate content, as high carbs causes many other fresh manures to burn plants. Bunny poo is another source that doesn't burn.

I like to put it into the compost because I have so much of it. If you have other llama farms nearby you may want to check them out too. You may find people who will give it away free as long as you offer to scoop it up yourself. Just a helpful hint! Happy Gardening, LM

Hi LM,

After reading about how great llama poo is, I started emailing several farms around here. No one replied, so then I checked out Craigslist, and this guy had an ad on there. He said $3 per 5 gallon bucket, but after I went out there, he said I could have as much as I wanted for free, no big deal. So, he shoveled it for me, and I felt compelled to give him the $15 for being so nice. Anyway, he said I can come back and have as much as I want for free...it helps to "click" with someone Smile

Thanks for your input !
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Post  camprn on 1/3/2012, 5:17 pm

That is AWESOME! Not only did you get poo, but you made a great connection to and supported a local Farmer. cheers

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Post  llama momma on 1/3/2012, 5:35 pm

Oh and another thought - if you can get spent hay and or straw in addition to the manure you have the beginnings of a wonderful compost heap!
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Post  TejasTerry on 1/3/2012, 7:16 pm

@llama momma wrote:Oh and another thought - if you can get spent hay and or straw in addition to the manure you have the beginnings of a wonderful compost heap!

I have tons of leaves from the wooded lots next to us. I can rake up the oak leaves and also find deer poop over there. I gathered about 3 pounds of deer poop this past weekend.

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Post  westie on 3/28/2012, 10:46 am

An old friend and now town neighbor had 5 llamas on his farm until recently. He has a lot of beans there, I can get probably 3 cu yd of them. There is a pile of hair in one shed which seems like a usually good item for compost but this stuff is in clumps like a fresh shore sheeps wool. So is that going to be a prize capture or not, seems to me like if I just separate it out real well it should work good in the compost piles. So far I have top dressed everywhere with aged beans and today will work it into the compost piles as they get turned and enriched with a little blood meal and rabbit food pellets.Any advice or objections to my thoughts ?
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Post  llama momma on 3/28/2012, 11:33 am

It sounds like you are doing great with lots of nitrogen or greens. How about more browns or carbons? I would add hay, leaves, straw which is less weedy than hay. Maybe you have leftover dead spent flower annuals from last year?
We shear our llamas once a year and yes the fiber is another source of very good nitrogen. If that farmer has old manure stored somewhere it would look like regular soil and it is great too. I take my 2 and 3 yr. old llama poo with newer poo and mix it together.
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Post  westie on 3/28/2012, 3:12 pm

Thanks for the info, much of the LP was let down outside and is from last summer, it has rotted down to coffee grounds composition so it looks quite ready to go into my mostly ready compost bins from last summer and fall. I have several larger bins full of assorted leaves that were well ground and liberally use them in my compost. I will get the llama hair and fine shred it into the compost that I start this summer for next year. Also will add the more recent LP into that new compost bin too. The farmer told me that llama hair was supposed to have good market value but he could never find any interest so just let it lay in a spare grooming shed. I try to use about twice as much leaves as grass and about 1/4 poo plus whatever househols and garden scraps. Being in farm country I have ready access to at least 7-8 kinds of poo which usually six month or more old and is lovely for the compost pile.
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Post  llama momma on 3/28/2012, 3:28 pm

Sounds like you have beautiful resources to make compost for all the boxes you could ever want. Congratulations. My "test" this year is to really pay attention to how much compost 80 sq ft of beds will require over 3 seasons. Taking care of the sf boxes is not work, tending to the compost piles is where the work is... and I don't want to out-pace myself and regret needing too many compost piles.
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Post  Goosegirl on 3/28/2012, 7:03 pm

I don't know why I didn't think of this before, but about 10 miles from my house is a small farm that has a pretty good sized herd of goats, with a few llamas out there for protection! I could score goat AND llama poo!

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Post  TexasTracy on 3/28/2012, 9:49 pm

We have a llama farm in town, I will definitely have to see if I can get some llama poo. Thanks!
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Post  llama momma on 3/29/2012, 7:53 am

Well - while you're at it, maybe they have rabbits too!
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