organic fertilizer recipe

compostworm5(9)May 8, 2010

What do you think of this? I always look for the best in my plant care, especially my fert. regiment. I read this the other day on making your own organic fert. Here it is: 1/2 part Kelp Meal, 1 part Bone Meal, 1/2 part Dolomitic Lime, 4 parts Soybean Meal, 1/2 Agricultural Lime or 1/4 part gypsum. Does anybody see potential with this mix? What are your thoughts? How many of you out there use kelp and where can you buy this stuff in a sizeable amounts? I have the maxi crop liquid seaweed, but I think the stuff is crap.

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
softmentor(z9/sunset13 CA desert)

2 things, first, this is all stuff you have to buy at the store. I much prefer a simple regimen of mulch from free sources. Mulch offers all the elements that mix does and the added advantages of keeping the soil cool, buffering water from wet to dry between waterings, development of positive soil structure, and biological factors, just to name a few. If your soil is VERY deficient, you could add the lime or gypsum with the mulch, but it probably will not be necessary unless, again, your soil is really short. The mulch, as it decomposes, will bring the soil closer to PH balance and release minerals that are not available without mulch, so often lime and gypsum are not needed.
second, if you do choose to do a mix like this, I definitely don't like bone meal (or blood meal) in the mix as these can cause health hazards. Also, the soy bean meal could be replaced with something free, like coffee grounds from Starbucks or the church social.

    Bookmark   May 10, 2010 at 2:44PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
problem with carica papaya seedling survival
Hi I live in a temperate zone, have a large conservatory,...
marcyoung
Lychee Mauritius finally blooming ....
My 10-year old Lychee Mauritius is finally in bloom....
bananafan
Help with longan in pot
My longan in a pot which I put in the greenhouse about...
vanman23
Why Doesn't My Sapodilla Ripen?
My sapodilla tree has had a good crop of fist-sized...
billbrandi
Prune MIstake on Guava Tree
I thought my guava tree was dead. It had grown about...
Valdo
Sponsored Products
Paula Deen Signature Coral Speckle 15-piece Porcelain Cookware Set
Overstock.com
Kyle 9 Light Chandelier by Quoizel
| Lumens
Porcelain Floor & Wall Tile: MARAZZI Flooring Porfido 12 in. x 12 in. Green
$3.44 | Home Depot
White & Yellow Arabesque Organic Muslin Fitted Crib Sheet
$19.99 | zulily
Currey and Company Villamare Oyster Shell Table Lamp
Lamps Plus
Domusworks Trellis Ikat Decorative Pillow - DM01
$75.99 | Hayneedle
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™