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Silver Spring, Maryland 20906 (Zone 7a)
Sep 24, 2012 8:12 PM CST
|Don't know what forum this question would come under so I'm starting it on All Things Gardening. Would love to hear from gardeners that use Bone meal and will ask them to tell us what they use it on and how they apply it and how much they use..Do you ever use composted manure on any of your flowerbeds and which plants get it..A lot of people I've seen posted that they use coffee grounds around their rose bushes. What other plants can coffee grounds be used on and how often do you apply it?|
Sep 27, 2012 1:40 PM CST
|I put a couple of tablespoons of bonemeal around my Echinacea it seems to increase the blooms.|
And I put coffee grinds around Hosta as food and to help with slugs.
Sep 27, 2012 2:32 PM CST
|Not much experience here with bone meal. I've read that it attracts critters so I'm reluctant to use it much.|
I do use all of our used coffee grounds in the garden, just about anywhere. I sometimes add them to the compost, sometimes just fling them into a flower bed or even the lawn. My feeling is, if nothing else, they increase the organic matter in the soil so why throw them in the trash.
I've read that most N washes out in the brewed coffee and therefore the used grounds are a very weak N source. For a few years I was getting larger amounts of grounds from a local coffee shop- about 2 or 3 five gallon buckets of them a week. Added to the compost, they made it HOT. That tells me there must be a fair amount of N left in those grounds. Sadly, I lost my source when the coffee shop closed.
Sep 27, 2012 2:46 PM CST
|I only use bonemeal when I'm planting roses or daylilies.|
Confidence is that feeling you have right before you do something really stupid.
Sep 28, 2012 5:25 PM CST
|Nice tip on the bone meal for echi bloom. I work it into the soil, along with compost and time release fertilizer, when planting Aroids. Callas Amorphs, EEars, ... Composted manure goes in for the large growers too.|
Sep 28, 2012 10:30 PM CST
|Bonemeal is a good slow release source of Calcium and Phosphate.|
I use it now in the hole for bulbs.