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Name: Pat
McLean, VA (Zone 7a)
daylilly99
Jan 15, 2021 4:40 PM CST
I grow a lot of daylilies in raised beds and those I'll be giving alfalfa pellets, organic Symphony (chicken waste), kelp meal. I wonder if they need more.

Also, all the rest of my yard is neglected when it comes to fertilizer and I want to fertilize without spending quite so much and it doesn't have to be organic but I kind of hate the idea of going back to 10-10-10 or something like that. There's always Milorganite. When I started putting it in the hole with a newly planted daylily years ago, the results were obvious.

Any advice is welcome.
Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
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Seedfork
Jan 15, 2021 4:48 PM CST
My daylilies get some 16-4-8, they get some Milorganite and they get lots of grass clippings, pinestraw and leaves. My poor lawn suffers because I balk at the price of weed and feed fertilizer, and my lawn is full of weeds. So I will watch this thread, and try to at least fertilize my tiny front lawn this year with something. I have no irrigation system, just a hose and small portable sprinkles, and over the past years with the droughts the lawn has suffered badly and needs a super boost this year.
Name: Pat
McLean, VA (Zone 7a)
daylilly99
Jan 18, 2021 6:04 PM CST
Not many replies, Larry. Maybe there's another forum where I should be asking this question.

Eagleriver
Jan 18, 2021 6:11 PM CST
Lol pat maybe you're already doing mostly what we do. Though I'm kinda fond of occasional miracle grow
Name: Tim
West Chicago, IL (Zone 5a)
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Lyshack
Jan 18, 2021 7:12 PM CST
I just lost track of the thread, but also I don't seem to do much different.

Each spring I clean all the seedlings out of 1/3rd of my seedling bed. I replenish that with a mix of mushroom compost, alfalfa pellets or meal, and some potting soil that is 100% organic material.

When I have time, I'll use that same mix on my regular daylily beds as well, but often I run out of time and grab a bag of 10-10-10 to help it out as much as I can. I never use 10-10-10 in the seedling bed because I worry that it's too much for the young seedlings. I could be wrong on that, but it made sense to me so I made it a rule.

In the fall, I vacuum mulch leaves and use the fairly fine leaf mulch to lay down a layer over the main garden beds. It's kind of surprising to me how much of that leaf mulch incorporates into the soil over the winter before my spring clean up.

I think that's pretty much the whole routine.
Name: Arlene
Florida's east coast (Zone 9a)
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florange
Jan 18, 2021 8:52 PM CST
I know this isn't what you all can do, but I use the 16-4-8 then I mix in some common fertilizer that enhances the middle number. I also add palm fertilizer that has micros. Dan Trimmer helps me with this and he really likes that I add a mix of fertilizers.
Name: Ian McBeth
Lincoln, NE (Zone 5b)
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SonoveShakespeare
Jan 18, 2021 11:36 PM CST
I get benefits from composting. I compost pretty much anything that once lived or was made from a living thing. (Such as paper plates to old clothing.)

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Name: Kenny Shively
Rineyville, KY. region 10. (Zone 6b)
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kennysh
Jan 19, 2021 8:47 AM CST
Pat, answered your post on the soil and compost forum . Smiling
Name: Ian McBeth
Lincoln, NE (Zone 5b)
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SonoveShakespeare
Jan 19, 2021 11:49 AM CST
kennysh said:Pat, answered your post on the soil and compost forum . Smiling


Are you referring to me. If so, where on the compost and soil forum (where is it listed under)? I can't find it.

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Name: Kenny Shively
Rineyville, KY. region 10. (Zone 6b)
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kennysh
Jan 19, 2021 2:16 PM CST
Was inputting to Pat (daylily99) question on this forum and on the soil and compost forum under same heading. Thumbs up Hope you enjoy Smiling
Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
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crawgarden
Jan 19, 2021 3:15 PM CST
SonoveShakespeare said:

Are you referring to me. If so, where on the compost and soil forum (where is it listed under)? I can't find it.



Here you go Ian: https://garden.org/forums/view...

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