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Sunday, November 14, 2010

Winter Containers & Manure Tea

bwisegardening: Day 43 - Winter Containers That Look Like Christma...: "Variegated boxwood, Thuja 'Yellow Ribbon', Pure Rose Pansy and Black Mondo Grass. I love the way the sunlight make the gold color in t..."

Ho Ho Ho these container plantings by Barbara Wise of the Southern Land Company are beautiful. They look like they are ready to help ring in the Holiday Season. Don't forget that special gardener on your gift list this year, buy them a gift that will last through to their Spring planting season at Feeding Authentic Haven Brand premium soil conditioner teas to build strong root base systems on all indoor and outdoor garden plants is truly the right way to start your New Year. 100% natural nutrients that are Eco harvested and hand packaged for the container, patio, balcony and home gardener, easy to brew and feed. No mess, No Odor to deal with. Visit us today at see what's growing Green in gardens across the country and Canada with our pure manure teas.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Holiday House Plants & Manure Tea

You can keep your indoor and outdoor Holiday House Plants looking their best this Holiday Season. Brew and feed Authentic Haven Brand 100% natural nutrients for strong root base systems. Your Holiday House plants will flourish through to the New Year.

Authentic Haven Brand is pleased to be the gift garden lovers are giving to family and friends this Holiday Season.

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We offer a Stylishly Wrapped Sampler 3 pack that makes a wonderful Hostess gift or for the first time gardener on your Christmas list. Stylishly Wrapped Sampler 3 pack includes One Cow, One Horse and One Alfalfa tea bag (15 gallons of natural nutrients) at an extremely affordable cost.

For that die hard gardener on your list get their Spring garden off to a wonderful start with one of our other manure tea bag packages.

You can trust that Authentic Haven Brand is 100% natural nutrients, pure manure tea. Harvested and Eco hand packaged for the Container, Patio, Balcony and Home gardener on your list.

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bwisegardening: Day 42 - A Little Oddball Container

bwisegardening: Day 42 - A Little Oddball Container: "CHAMAECYPARIS obtusa 'Filicoides Compacta', Golden Euonomous, Black Mondo Grass, and Matrix Morpheus Pansy."

Thursday, November 11, 2010

bwisegardening: Day 40 - Buy These Containers and the House Comes ...

Welcome the Fall Holiday Season and your Guests with beautiful container plantings by Barbara Wise gardening: Day 40 - Buy These Containers and the House Comes ...: "These planters were placed at this home that is for sale in Westhaven, Franklin, TN to give a little extra curb appeal. So I'm thinking t..." perfect setting container plants need natural nutrients so feed them with Authentic Haven Brand

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

bwisegardening: Day 39 - I've Sedum Everwhere!

bwisegardening: Day 39 - I've Sedum Everwhere!: "Did you see dat? See dis in your containers. When you see dis you'll say you want to sedum in your containers. Sedum 'Bronze Carpet' wit..." more beautiful container plantings just what Authentic Haven Brand manure teas are packaged for visit for 100% natural nutrients for all your indoor and outdoor garden plants

Monday, November 8, 2010

bwisegardening: Day 37 - Pieris Japonica is as Exotic as it Sounds...

bwisegardening: Day 37 - Pieris Japonica is as Exotic as it Sounds...: "One of the reasons I love to use Pieris Japonica Mountain Fire in my shade winter containers is because it looks different every couple of ..." like a touch of lace it adds elegance to the front porch

Sunday, November 7, 2010

bwisegardening: Day 36 - Hoping to Bowl You Over

Container planting crazy for our gardening pleasure bwisegardening: Day 36 - Hoping to Bowl You Over: "At the entrance to the Westhaven subdivision, I was tired of the standard pansy, viola winter look. I wanted to add something a little..." feed your gardens natural nutrients it's easy to brew at watch for our Holiday specials because Fall/Winter and Holiday plants need natural nutrients too

100% Natural Nutrients

Your Indoor and Outdoor garden plants this Fall and Winter need nutrients too. Authentic Haven Brand premium soil conditioner teas makes it easy for you to grow green and feed your plants 100% natural nutrients. Promote strong root base growth natures way. Increase bloom and vegetable yield naturally.

Authentic Haven Brand premium soil conditioner teas are pure manure (Cow and Horse) Eco harvested and hand packaged from only Haven raised grass fed livestock, No antibiotics, growth hormones or pesticides are used. The Haven family is proud of their family tradition of raising their livestock in the United States since 1853. Holding true to the family values of raising their livestock naturally and now being able to pass those values on to you the grower and gardener who wish to grow green.

Learn more about the health benefits and values of feeding 100% natural nutrients to your indoor and outdoor garden plants by visiting today.

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Authentic Haven Brand premium soil conditioner teas are packaged for ease of use by you the Container, Patio, Balcony and Home gardener

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Friday, November 5, 2010

bwisegardening: Day 34 - Retro Thursday!

bwisegardening: Day 34 - Retro Thursday!: "Flash back to June: it's 90 degrees, rain is a distant memory, and you need something that you don't have to water 2 times a day: Try C..." container, patio, balcony and home gardeners are who we Eco hand package Authentic Haven Brand manure teas for

Thursday, November 4, 2010

bwisegardening: Day 33 - Three Simple Things for a Pretty Winter C...

bwisegardening: Day 33 - Three Simple Things for a Pretty Winter C...: "Carex morrowii 'Variegata', Heuchera Rose Majesty, Black Pine (Pinus nigra) - 3 one gallon plants give you a thriller, filler, spiller mix ..."
container, patio, balcony and home gardeners are who we package Authentic Haven Brand manure teas for visit us at Note: Make sure to sign up on our home page you will be entered in to our #GIVEAWAY for a 9 pack of our Natural Nutrient manure tea. Dawning will be on 11/12 which is a FollowFriday on twitter Enter today join in on the growing good fun going on at

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

bwisegardening: Day 32 - Is It About the Container or The Containe...

conatiner planting with @bwisegardening: Day 32 - Is It About the Container or The Containe...: "Platycladus orientalis ( Aurea Nana Chinese Arborvitae), my favorite winter Kale - Red Bor, with Red and Yellow Pansies in a container that..." don't forget your all natural nutrients

Friday, October 29, 2010

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

bwisegardening: Day 24 - Can You Say Fastigiata?

bwisegardening: Day 24 - Can You Say Fastigiata?: "Cedrus atlantica Fastigiata. Say that to your friends and they'll be impressed. Those in the know will look at you and say, 'Oh, you mean ..."

Sunday, October 24, 2010

bwisegardening: Day 22 - Using Fall Color To It's Full Advantage

bwisegardening: Day 22 - Using Fall Color To It's Full Advantage: "Have you ever gone to the Iseli Nursery website? After you finish visiting with me here, mozy on over there and see why I lose all track ..."

Monday, June 28, 2010

Manure Tea-Plant Nutrition

Manure/Manure Tea: Cow or Horse manure has for centuries been an excellent source of natural plant nutrition. Cow and Horse manure added to your garden soil works to break down the soil. What does this? "Live Microorganisms" like little pack-men they work away at the soil breaking it down so that your plants root system can more readily absorb needed nutrients from within the soil.

When you add Cow or Horse manure to the soil you need to allow time for this process to work.

However; when you brew and use Cow or Horse manure as a "tea" it goes to work immediately, like liquid vitamins.

Authentic Haven Brand premium soil conditioner manure teas are "pure manure" harvested by hand and Eco hand packaged in tea bag form, from Haven raised livestock only. The Haven family raise their livestock free of antibiotics, growth hormones and pesticides and have since 1924. Authentic Haven Brand Eco friendly packaging makes it easy for you to brew and easy for you to use, your plants will love you for it.

Authentic Haven Brand
has taken the hassle out of brewing manure as a tea. Gone are the days of searching for a manure source or taking time out of your gardening day to go get it. You can now grow Green by simply going to and placing your order through our secure web site.

We are here for the Green minded garden grower, if you have any questions please feel free to e-mail we are happy to answer any questions you may have.

Authentic Haven Brand is a family owned business and we are here for our customers guaranteed.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Manure Tea not Eral Gray

Authentic Haven Brand in San Juan Capistrano is selling manure teabags. But don’t store them next to the Lipton box.
Yeah, you can steep them in a large water jar, but don’t leave the resulting brew on the porch with the lunch sandwiches and cookies, says owner Annie Haven.
Manure tea tastes like you-know-what to humans, but it’s nectar to your plants and roses, she says.
The manure itself may be too strong but the liquid derived from steeping “is like all natural, liquid vitamins.”
She deliberately makes Haven teabags 3-by-5 inches, larger than varieties for human tea, but a competitor, no longer in business, made spoon-sized bags that could be easily mistaken for the human variety, Haven says.
Haven manure teabags are sold online here, 3 for $12.95, 9 for $21.95. They’re also carried at Regalo, San Juan Capistrano; Sherman Library and Gardens, Corona Del Mar; Delaney’s Artisan market, Temecula; La Chatue, Murrieta; and DuPonts Winterthru Library and Gardens in Delaware.
There are other brands of manure tea, Haven says. Some sell worm casting tea, chicken manure tea. Some sell it in large bags, but pre-brewed tea doesn’t last because it loses nutrients, she insists.

“My grandmother brewed manure tea,” says Haven, who has lived all her life on Southern California cattle ranches and tomato farms. “I’m growing my green business in this brown economy.” says Annie Haven
Authentic Haven Brand teas come from cattle that are fed grass and no chemicals and no nutrients are added to the manure. “People ask what the urine content is, but these aren’t dairy cows, so this doesn’t have urine in it,” Haven says.
The Havens have been ranchers in the United States since 1873 and in what is now Orange County/North San Diego County as far back as 1910, Annie Haven says. At one point Haven Seed Company was a large producer of tomato seeds.

Most of her family are still in ranching and related industries farther north. Annie Haven splits her time between San Juan Capistrano and Murietta ranches.
She still raises cattle, selling off enough to make a living and breeding replacements. But prolonged periods of below-average rain had left her with too few head to live on, so she started commercializing what she calls the natural soil conditioner that’s a part of cattle ranching.
“American farmers and ranchers as far back as I can remember have never had just one business,” Haven says. “You cutting dead trees and low limbs and selling it for firewood, recycle scrap to sell.
The teabags are a value-added by-product of my livestock business.”
Haven has 3,000 followers on Twitter (@greensoil) and is hoping to win Intuit’s Love a Local Business contest.

Gardens Love Manure Tea

Gardens Love Haven Brand Moo Poo Tea
Posted by Jodi Torpey

March 31, 2010

Authentic Haven Brand natural soil conditioner teas are easy to brew and plants, like this blooming eggplant, love what the moo poo tea does to help them build healthy roots. (Photo credit: Lisa Gustavson, of, reprinted with permission.)

Note: Click this link for full article and pictures,

When I moved to the outskirts of Denver more than 10 years ago, I was delighted to see a boarding stable only a few miles away. I was looking forward to gathering aged horse apples and brewing my own manure tea to water plants in my garden.

I did brew a couple of batches in a plastic bucket. The plants certainly appreciated my efforts, but let’s just say the experience wasn’t as enjoyable as I hoped it would be.

Now every garden can have the benefit of an all-natural soil conditioner without the extra effort thanks to Annie Haven.

Annie is a rancher and entrepreneur in Southern California where she raises cattle and packages manure in over-sized tea bags. Green-minded gardeners from coast to coast–and such far-flung places as Spain and Singapore–order her all-natural products for their gardens.

Manure tea bags are steeped in a 1 to 5 gallon container for a few days and then diluted before using to water plants indoors and out.

Plants love the premium soil conditioner tea that Annie harvests from Haven raised, grass fed cattle. It’s then eco-packaged for distribution through her website at

Annie is proud to say all of her livestock are free of hormone-added grains, antibiotics and pesticides. There are no additives, fillers or machinery used in her product. It goes right from moo to you. Now that’s organic gardening!

“I’m extremely pleased to see the growth within the garden industry,” Annie says. “People are returning to gardening and seeking healthy, natural ways to raise their gardens.”

Annie says she packages Authentic Haven Brand premium soil conditioners for garden growers because it’s easy to brew and easy to use. The tea improves the soil and helps build root systems so plants can better absorb the nutrients they need.

Customers brag about how well their houseplants, container plants, vegetable gardens, shrubs and lawns are growing with the help of Annie’s tea. They specifically mention improved leaf color and increases in both bloom and vegetable yields.

“Most of all, they seem pleasingly shocked that there really is no smell from the tea.”

Tea bags are reasonably priced and can be ordered by the individual bag, 3-pack, 9-pack or by the case through her website. Shipping is free when payment is made through PayPal.
When Annie isn’t busy caring for her cattle or packaging her tea, she relates her adventures to a growing following on Twitter@GreenSoil.

Manure Tea and Earth Day

How will you celebrate Earth Day?

by Rebecca Sweet, Gossip in the Garden

Earth Day is April 22, and I’ve been invited to participate in a blogging event hosted by Jan Huston Doble’s blog Thanks For 2 Day, where garden bloggers are writing about ways in which we’re making ‘greener gardens’.

I’ve decided to write about two of my very favorite organic garden products: Haven’s Authentic Brand Soil Conditioning Tea and John & Bob’s Soil Optimizer.

1) Haven’s Authentic Brand Soil Conditioning Tea

The first is one that I lovingly call Moo Poo Tea. It’s really called Haven’s Authentic Brand soil conditioning tea. But Moo Poo Tea is definitely more fun to say.

What is it? It’s the by-product of natural grass-fed cows raised free of antibiotics, growth hormones and pesticides. The rancher who created this product, Annie Haven, was kind enough to send me some samples which I said I’d gladly test for her.

When I opened the envelope, I was amazed at how darn cute these oversized tea bags were (yes, they’re intentionally oversized to avoid any possible mix-up with your regular Earl Grey tea bag! Ewwww….)

I must admit that due to it’s simplicity, I was a bit skeptical. It seemed simple enough to do – just brew a teabag in a 5-gallon bucket for several hours. Then over the course of about 3 days, use what you need directly on your houseplants or outside plants. There’s no smell whatsoever, and all you need to do is cover the bucket when you’re not using it.

I had been wanting to start some nasturtiums from seed, so I figured the timing was perfect! I split the seeds into 2 categories: 1 fertilized twice with the product, and 1 without any additional fertilizer.

This is the ‘before’ photo. Both sets of seedlings have been given only water, and both sets look the same. (click link below for full article and photos)

It’s now been about 10 days and I’ve given the batch on the right-hand side 2 doses of ‘tea’.

While the plants aren’t blooming yet, you can clearly see the difference in growth habits! One has thicker, lush growth on sturdier stems, while the other is lanky with sparse foliage.

This is a ‘test in progress’ as I only planted them in the ground about 3 weeks ago. I’ll keep you all up to date with the progress of my test batch, as I’m sure the results will be dramatic!

Click here to read some amazing history about Haven’s ranch – makes you proud to be using their tea bags, that’s for sure!

Note: Click or copy and paste this link to view the full post by Rebecca Sweet Gossip in the Garden for Earth Day aritcle complete with pictures

Manure Tea Garden GIVEAWAY

Garden Giveaway #14: The Encore
Posted on April 16th, 2010 by James

You thought it was over didn’t you? To be honest… we did too. Then as people started to whine and pout – we had to do something.
And did we ever do something about it.
Well… we can’t even take credit for this. Seriously… this is bigger than us. This has everything to do with the awesome sponsors of this giveaway. I don’t think we even need to go any further… let’s just get to all this giveaway madness. I hope you have a minute… err an hour.
Encore Garden Giveaway #1 - Authentic Haven Brand Natural Brew Soil Conditioner Tea
Yup… Annie is back… and she’s bringing her sh!tbags w/ her! We have already given away 1 gift pack of Annie’s Moo Poo Teas – and she was so saddened by the contests being over… she tweeted me and said – I WILL GIVE MORE IF YOU WILL KEEP THEM GOING! So… we had to right? Right.
If you haven’t tried these cow/horse manure teas – they will get your garden going! I mean really going! Big blooms for your flowers & big veggies in your garden. We are always looking for organic ways to feed our plants and these manure teas totally fit the bill! No crap! Well… ok… there is lots of crap involved… but you get the idea. Annie @ Authentic Haven Brand is chipping in not 1… not 2… but 3 gift packs for this encore celebration of National Gardening Month! So what does that mean? 3 winners!
Click or copy and paste this link to enter the garden GIVEAWAY of GIVEAWAYs for garden products you know and love.

Manure Tea a Green Business

Manure tea bags get constant comment
Ron Dicker Mar 25th 2010 at 12:00PM

Annie Haven's manure tea bags might appear steeped in novelty, but when it comes to brewing up business, the woman knows her you-know-what."I didn't just look at my cows and say I'm going to sell manure," Haven, a rancher in San Juan Capistrano, Calif., told WalletPop.
Just for clarification: You don't drink manure tea. You pour it in your soil so plants and flowers flourish.
She makes the teabags bigger so you won't confuse them with the potable kind. But you brew it in a jar like sun tea. Haven Authentic Brand tea bags have become a hit among ecology-minded home gardeners, with more than 3,000 disciples on Twitter, according to the Orange County Register. They're also generating constant comment for the packaging, even if Haven says that isn't what's driving consumers and retailers."I'm not really sure they're attracted to the gimmick of it," she said. "It's the ease of it.
"No stench. No hauling of the unedited stuff required. And plants receive a direct blast of nutrients at the roots, according to Haven. Pre-brewed won't work, she explained, because the vitamins dissolve too quickly. Haven said the goods emerge from grass-eating cattle that are drug- and hormone-free. She won't reveal her process for distilling the teabag-ready stuff, but assures that it's by "environmental design.
"The price ($12.95 for three teabags of cow or horse "soil conditioner") is positively Lipton-like when you realize that you can make five gallons per bag. That's a lot of watering, given that most of her customers tend to foliage in a small space, she told WalletPop. Since she began selling the teabags, she estimated that her income has increased by a third. Development of her once-rural surroundings shrank her livestock enterprise. Fewer farmers and growers required her services, so she developed a product that she could sell to the very people who now occupy the built-up spaces.
Therein lies Haven's lesson for small-business owners: Meet a need with the resources you have and the conditions you live in."I've grown the business as the business has demanded growth," she said. "Sales built the product, the product built the website.
"Haven's grandmother brewed manure tea, and a Canadian company tried packaging a brand of manure tea years ago but made the teabags so close to human-portion size that perhaps they over-exploited the gimmick of it, she explained. So far, the rancher has avoided critical missteps. Said Haven: "I know this baby from the ground up."

Friday, March 12, 2010

Soil, Roots, Seedlings & Plants

Authentic Haven Brand could not be more pleased with what's Growing on around the ranch.

Growing a Green business in a Brown economy is what woman rancher Annie Haven has been doing. Haven, introduced her 100% natural premium soil conditioner teas to the world of Container, Patio, Balcony and Home gardeners few years back and she has never looked back.

As our economy began to unravel on Main Street USA Haven had already been feeling the pains of short purse strings. Several years of below normal rain fall forced Haven to scale back her livestock herd in order to not over graze the land. Raising less livestock means less annual income. However; what the economic bad times have given her is a Niche Market of garden growers. And that leads us back to Haven's Eco friendly and environmentally Devin premium soil conditioner tea business.

Haven, who is so proud to be following in her father's ranching/farming footsteps has taken the by-product of Haven raised livestock supplied to large natural grower's since 1924 and repackaged it for the Container, Patio, Balcony and Home gardener. Authentic Haven Brand, premium soil conditioner teas are hand packaged in easy to Brew, Easy to Use Eco-friendly tea bags.

You "Brew it Fresh" Haven says, when you need to feed your plants. Haven is pleased to see her premium soil conditioner tea business being recognised in the Media. On February 28, 2010 the Orange County Register Business News featured Haven's premium soil conditioner tea business article by Jan Norman. Authentic Haven Brand was picked up on March 1, 2010 by National Press Radio Haven has been interviewed for an up coming article in Inc. Magazine. Haven will also see her premium soil conditioner teas freatured some time later this Spring on the TV show Garden Wise with Arlena a nationally sidicated garden show out of WI follow Arlena (

The recognition most pleasing to Haven is coming from fellow gardeners across the country, Canada, Spain and Singapore that are tweeting pictures of their Green garden growing success with Haven who goes by @GreenSoil on twitter. Follow her

Wonderful gardeners are tweeting pictures to Haven daily. Some are promoting her and her line of garden premium soil conditioner teas on their blog pages and to Show's like the Discovery Channel's "Dirty Jobs" and Haven, who remains humbled by all the attention is enjoying it. It's heart felt to see people discover just how powerful Mother Nature can be in such a simple setting as an indoor or outdoor garden she says.

Times are tough, there is no doubt about it Haven says and it may be some time before the economy truly turns around. For now Haven is set on helping gardeners grow Green gardens naturally with her Authentic Haven Brand premium soil conditioner teas to naturally increase bloom and vegetable yield like so many of her clients are now doing.

here is a link to one of Haven's twitter followers @gypsyfarmer who tweets about his grandmother's cactus planted in a planter he made 35 years ago blooming like crazy with feedings of Authentic Haven Brand premium soil conditioner teas.

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Note if you are a Social Media fan using twitter here are a few gardeners you must follow. @getinthegarden @BG_gardens @bwisegardens @TwoWomenANDaHoe @gardenofwords @gypsyfarmer @TeeRiddle !GardenWiseGuy @betweenthelimes @ahAModernLiving @SweetRebecca come join Haven and here gardening gal and guy pals Tweet-Tweet