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Old 10-20-2007, 08:55 PM
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If a soil test is done the lab should tell how much of what to apply. Maybe this will be helpful.
Alfalfa Meal 3-2-2

Alfalfa meal is a made from alfalfa, a green manure crops containing small amounts of nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium.

How it works
Alfalfa contains the hormone, Triacontanol, a plant growth regulator. The primary boost comes from the millions of microbes in the fermented meal that activate the soil organisms that then convert nutrients into forms available to plants.

General usage
Suitable as a soil amendment for all kinds of plants, shrubs, and trees. Roses love it. Also great for revving up the compost pile by adding quick nitrogen to break down carbon-rich materials (leaves and so on).

Directions for use
Apply as a top dressing and water in or brew as a tea. Apply dry at 10 lbs per 1,000 sq. ft. Caution: If placed in the root zone, the rapid decomposition of alfalfa will generate heat which can damage roots.

A naturally-occurring iron-potassium silicate (also known as glauconite) with the consistency of sand but 10 times the moisture absorption.

How it works
For most part unexplainable. However, numerous trials show product is effective. One possible explanation is mineralization, which improves soil life by increasing populations of certain bacteria that slowly dissolve insoluble mineral nutrients.

General usage
An exceptional soil conditioner for pastures, forage fields, lawns, orchards, small fruits, vegetables, and greenhouse potting mixes.

Directions for use
As a soil conditioner, apply at 25 lbs per 1,000 sq.ft. To correct potassium deficiency, use soil test to determine rates and apply 20-100 lbs per 1,000 sq.ft., depending on extent of deficiency.
Scroll down here to 'Soil deficiency' and look under Potassium for what is recommended. Alfalfa meal is not recommended.

This site says that New Jersey Greensand is 4% potassium.

When weeding, the best way to make sure you are removing a weed and not a valuable plant is to pull on it. If it comes out of the ground easily, it is a valuable plant.
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