All Things Gardening forum: Bat Guano Fertalizer

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Name: Dahlianut
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dahlianut
Jul 15, 2011 6:22 AM CST
I have a source for bat guano which I want to use as fertalizer. I read that there is a high ammonia content in the fumes which might be hazardous. Also I can't find any info on how long to age it before I use it. Has any one had an experience using it? Thanks muchly in advance.
Name: Lee Anne Stark
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threegardeners
Jul 15, 2011 9:15 AM CST
Wish I could help you D-nut.
I've got bats in my belfry though and every night the plants on my back porch get a new "dusting" of fresh bat guano...hasn't hurt them yet...
Name: Dahlianut
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dahlianut
Jul 15, 2011 9:37 AM CST
Well that answers the question of aging thanks everso threeg Smiling
Name: Rick Corey
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RickCorey
Aug 2, 2011 5:08 PM CST
Anything concentrated, I like to put through a compost heap first.

Maybe just don't "pile it on" too deep or too near plants with tender roots.



Name: Dahlianut
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dahlianut
Aug 3, 2011 5:27 AM CST
Thanks muchly Rick. I was thinking just the same; working it into the soil away from the plants. Putting it my compost is a great idea too!
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mibus2
Aug 6, 2011 12:15 PM CST
I can tell you from first hand experience you definitely need to to use it sparingly around the plants.
Back IN Illinois a friend of ours had bats in the barn and we wen t and got a bunch of it. hubby always put stuff on the inpatients and when it used the bat guano and didn't do it sparingly he almost killed all of them off.
Once it got watered down the plants were huge but it took awhile for them to recover
Name: Dahlianut
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dahlianut
Aug 6, 2011 12:42 PM CST
Thanks mibus2!

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