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Name: Duane
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duane456
Mar 20, 2012 10:43 AM CST
Here's a tip----sprinkle a few alfalfa pellets around the edge of your hosta to give their roots an extra boost.
Duane
Name: virginiarose
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virginiarose
Mar 22, 2012 2:26 PM CST
Thanks! duane456 Hurray! Whats an alfalfa pellet? Blinking
Susan

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Name: Paul
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Paul2032
Mar 22, 2012 3:21 PM CST
Generally used as rabbit feed and to feed other animals. Get them at a feed store. I use them on roses, iris, and hostas. They also make a great alfalfa tea for plants. Check to see they are just alfalfa without additions.
Paul Smith Pleasant Grove, Utah
Name: virginiarose
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virginiarose
Mar 22, 2012 3:57 PM CST
Thanks Paul, I am trying to get rid of a rabbit right now but I can use it around roses and stuff he don't mess with. So if you make the tea could you use it on houseplants also?
Susan

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Name: Paul
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Paul2032
Mar 22, 2012 7:43 PM CST
It may have an unpleasant smell.
Paul Smith Pleasant Grove, Utah
Name: virginiarose
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virginiarose
Mar 23, 2012 3:31 AM CST
Thumbs up I hear ya.
Susan

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Name: Steve
Millbury, MA (Zone 5b)
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steve_mass
Mar 26, 2012 5:09 AM CST
From the Colorado University Extension service:

Alfalfa Meal or Pellets
Alfalfa meal or pellets are often used as animal feed. Primarily they are used to increase organic matter in the soil but do offer nutrients and a high availability of trace minerals. They contain trianconatol, a natural fatty-acid growth stimulant.

Alfalfa Meal or Pellets
Typical NPK analysis 2-1-2
Release time 1-4 months
Pros Available at feed stores
Cons May contain seeds
Application Till in 2-5 pounds per 100 square feet


Looks like a decent organic fertilizer. What does it cost? I use Soy Bean Mean (7-2-1) at a cost of $15 per 50 lb bag at the local feed store.

Steve



Name: virginiarose
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virginiarose
Mar 26, 2012 5:14 AM CST
Thank you for the information Steve, sounds like a good fertilizer and good price also. I tip my hat to you.
Susan

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Name: Duane
Gresham OR (Zone 8a)
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duane456
Mar 26, 2012 7:12 AM CST
I can get a 40# bag for about $9 at Coastal Farm and Ranch.
I use it for my lawn along with coffee grounds from starbucks.
Good organic stuff.
Name: virginiarose
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virginiarose
Mar 26, 2012 8:00 AM CST
Very good price, you must have a nice lawn. Green Grin!
Susan

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Stush2019
Apr 14, 2012 3:22 PM CST
I was told this by a hosta breeder in Ohio. He said you can get two years growth from one year using this. I bought mine as Alfabits for horses. It was pure Alfalfa Meal. I can't get them any where near me now. The place I used to buy them closed down. If possible rabbit dune is suppose to be even better. I don't have any way to get that.
I was afraid if I used too much, It would draw mice or moles in my garden.
Name: virginiarose
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virginiarose
Apr 14, 2012 3:34 PM CST
Thumbs up
Susan

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Name: Julia
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JuliaNY
Apr 21, 2012 7:58 AM CST
I plan to put some down once our weather settles down a bit more. I get mine from Tractor Supply store. I also use them for other plants, ie daylilies, clematis, etc. They just love the tea mix but goodness it does smell for a day or two. Hilarious!
Julia
Upstate NY
Zone 6
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Stush2019
Apr 22, 2012 6:35 PM CST
What, you don't love that good country smell. Rolling on the floor laughing Hilarious!
Name: virginiarose
Virginia
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virginiarose
Apr 22, 2012 6:59 PM CST
Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Thumbs up
Susan

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Name: Julia
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JuliaNY
Apr 23, 2012 5:13 PM CST
The country smell is when the farmers put down the manure on their fields and the wind blows just at the right direction to make us gag. Crying
Julia
Upstate NY
Zone 6
Name: virginiarose
Virginia
Money talks but Chocolate Sings!
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virginiarose
Apr 23, 2012 5:33 PM CST
Farmers.... you gotta love-em. Sure can ruin a good cook-out though. Hilarious!
Susan

In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.....Margaret Atwood
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Stush2019
Apr 24, 2012 6:30 PM CST
Just think how good the corn taste with all that cow s*** all over. Big Grin
Name: virginiarose
Virginia
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virginiarose
Apr 24, 2012 6:34 PM CST
I can handle the smell long as I don't step in none. Green Grin!
Susan

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Name: Betty
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daylilydreams
Apr 24, 2012 8:18 PM CST
LOL I remember when I did step in some while walking thru a pasture we were on a tour which stoped at the LBJ ranch in Texas. EWWW stinky! I grew up on a farm so should have been paying attention where I was stepping. When we used to complain about the smell of manure my dad would always say 'it smells like money'.

I am going to be sprinkling alfafa pellets on my hostas as soon as the dayllilies and other plants get their share. I have done this several times over the years plants love the alfafa. I just popped into take a look at this forum there are maybe a dozen hostas in my garden.
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