A valuable by-product of keeping alpacas is the "Black Gold" they produce.

Alpaca beans, which is essentially alpaca poo, has been nicknamed "Black Gold" due to its excellent qualities as a fertiliser.

Alpaca beans contain nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium, which is slowly released into the soil. It can be used in the garden or for indoor potted plants.

Simply mix a handful with five gallons of fresh water, stirring occasionally for a couple of days to make "alpaca tea" (don't drink it!), which can be watered onto the plants. Alternatively, sprinkle directly onto the soil prior to planting or around plants before watering in.

If you are in the Oxfordshire/Buckinghamshire area, do look out for our sign and give it a try. It is extremely reasonably priced compared with other online options and we sell it in 400g and 1k bags, so you won't break your back hoisting it into the boot as a little goes a long way! Also, it doesn't smell and is dried before being bagged, so you don't need to worry about this being in any way unpleasant.

You can find us on the road leading from Wheatley to Thame, just after the turning for Waterperry. From the M40 junction 8, follow the signs to Waterperry Gardens (OX33), which is round the corner and well worth a visit. It should only take you about 5 minutes.

While picking up your beans, take the opportunity to feel the difference in the softness of alpaca fleece compared with sheep’s wool. It is quite marked and the reason why alpaca clothing is so desirable. Then stick your head over the gate and say hello to our growing herd of alpacas. They will be delighted to see you.