Off-Grid Living

One of the reasons folks move off-grid is to grow their own food.

Part of that decision means growing their own food naturally, in the dirt as God intended it to be done. Another part of that means learning to fertilize your crops using natural methods. If you plant heirloom or organic seeds just to throw on some chemical-based fertilizer, then what good are you doing to support your cause? Organic food has to be grown using 100-percent organic methods, or it’s not organic.

At my homestead, we grow only heirloom crops and we do so organically. If I was to throw on a chemical fertilizer, the fact the seed I planted was original wouldn’t matter. Many farmers will swear by chicken or cow manure as a means of fertilizing naturally. That is only good if what you fed your chickens or cows was natural as well. What goes in, comes out. If chemicals or GMOs go in, that’s what you get in the animal’s manure.

Another issue with that manure is it will burn your seeds and crops. It has to be allowed to sit for a week or more to be safe to plant in. Most of it would be too strong to plant directly in as well.

So what is a homesteader to do? Raise rabbits of course! Have you any knowledge as to the amount of manure one rabbit produces in a year? Let me tell you, it’s impressive.

Now take that and multiply it by a large rabbit raising operation. At my off-grid homestead, I have been raising rabbits for almost eight years. Every year I have grown gardens and every year I have fertilized them solely with rabbit manure.

Here are a few key points to fertilizing with rabbit manure:

•Rabbit manure is “sweet” manure. That means it will not burn your seeds or crops. It requires no sitting period and is safe to plant in immediately.

•Rabbit manure is safe and effective at growing crops planted directly, and solely, in the manure.

•Rabbit manure sells for $10 per five gallons (in Texas County as of 2017).

•Rabbit manure does not stink like other animals’ manure, making it more comfortable to work with.

•Rabbit manure does not harbor the diseases that can be found in cow and chicken manures.

•One rabbit can produce five gallons of manure in a week. If you raise rabbits, it’s safe to say you will never run out of fertilizer.

Anyone who has raised rabbits knows what they are worth. Every part of raising rabbits is profitable in some way. They can be fed solely off the land making them cheap to feed. They can be sold for profit, their offspring can be sold, they are a sustainable source of food, even their manure is worth money.

Rabbits are a worthwhile investment for any homestead.

Texas County resident Merlyn Seeley (a.k.a. Spirit Walker) is a natural living expert, herbalist, Cherokee medicine man and author of numerous books. His blog address is https://freelancermerlyn.wordpress.com/.

Email dogwoodhollow17@gmail.com.

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