Living out here in the west, it's pretty easy to find horse people and farmers who are willing to give away their livestock poop free for the hauling. A quick search on Craigslist this time of year will no doubt produce a few "free manure" posts a day. So, in keeping with the whole organic theme of gardening I hope to accomplish this year, I knew we needed to get our hands on some free poop to add to our gardens. Instead of taking advantage of the abundant horse poop in this area, I remembered our friends in Westcliffe who have an alpaca farm. Neal was headed that way Friday to meet our septic system guy and I proudly announced that I had a mission for him. He was less than thrilled about riding around with alpaca poop in his vehicle for an 80-mile journey, but being the good sport that he is, he agreed to the mission and prepared his Jeep for the task.
It just so happened that the day before he was to head out for the poop pickup, Neal spotted an old box in front of someone's house in our neighborhood with a "free" sign on it. Our first thought was that it would make a great container for my square foot gardening technique, but it soon became apparent that the box would make a wonderful container for the alpaca poop transport.
One man's treasure....you know?
After I got over my excitement of receiving a free "pack of poo", I helped Neal unload and move our box of gardener's gold. There we dispersed and tilled it into my flower bed in the front yard and Neal's bean patch in the backyard. I made sure we saved enough poo to make alpaca poo tea fertilizer, which I will share with you in a future post. Bet you can't wait for that one!