I have to be very, very careful about what organics I use up here because to some of the critters up here it seems to be an invitation to a buffet put out especially for them. Alfalfa in any form seems to be a favorite treat to many and may feed the roses well, but the plants are almost destroyed by the critters going after their yummies, so I have given up on using it.
Skunks are partial to anything that smells like bananas.
Bears love anything that smells like fish or blood.
The list goes on.
I am almost afraid to try something new ..
Even compost tea has had something else digging in the garden. I've had to cage my compost pile and the raccoons tore down my compost bin after I buried my kitchen waste. So much for that idea. I finally gave up on saving kitchen waste and now just throw that over the cliff and let the critters tear up the blackberries that are a fire hazard. (It is kind of funny seeing an old cabbage leaf hanging off of a blackberry bush ... always gone by morning
I'd love to be able to use alfalfa, but sometimes the wildlife around us just doesn't play along with that plan ...
I did finally get the feral cats from pooping in the beds by sprinkling coffee grounds over the top of the mulch around the mulch around the roses. I don't think there is anything more disgusting than reaching under a rose to weed than grabbing a handful of fresh cat cat poo. YUK !! At least I have found a way to stop that one ... and I like cats !