You may have seen them. You may have even cringed when you saw them (blood meal – really?). But what are they? Well, we have 7 types of Meal fertilizers, and they are all beneficial to your garden.
So let’s break them down:
Alfalfa Meal is a great source of trace elements and small traces of nitrogen in organic form. It’s an awesome mulch – earthworms love it, as do roses. You can use it as mulch during the planting and growing stages of your plant’s life or use it as a top dressing during the growing cycle. Alfalfa meal has a wonderful nitrogen-to-carbon ratio, which is awesome for your compost.
Blood Meal is great because it slowly, naturally, releases nitrogen plus plenty of extra trace minerals. It will also help keep rabbits and other unwanted animals away from your garden. Blend into your bagged or native soil to enhance or use it as a top dressing during the growing cycle.
Cottonseed Meal is useful in a low-pH soil with low-pH requiring plants. It’s reputed to be great for roses, azaleas, rhododendrons, and potatoes. Most acid loving plants will enjoy the company of Cottonseed Meal. Blend with bagged or native soil or use it as a top dressing during the growing cycle.
Crab Meal is used to encourage hardy root growth, and can be used in a watering program or just applied dry. Crab meal has the highest calcium rating available in organic fertilizers, and this is great for all plants. Calcium is essential for plant development and helps develop cell walls and root tips. Obviously – very necessary. Blend with bagged or native soil or use it as a top dressing during the growing cycle.
Feather Meal is a good source of protein. It also uses a slow release (about 6-9 months) of nitrogen, which is useful in such plants as corn, leafy greens, trees, shrubs, and plenty of other veggies. Great to mix with bagged or native soil or use it as a top dressing during the growing cycle.
Fish Bone Meal
Fish Bone Meal is infused with seven different strains of beneficial soil microbes and is high in trace elements. It’s an excellent organic source of Calcium and Phosphorus. Fish Bone meal benefits plants in all stages of their life cycles, and is especially beneficial for roots, buds, and blooms. Most organic gardener looking for heavy blooms use this product. Blend with bagged or native soil or use it as a top dressing during the growing cycle.
Kelp Meal has innumerable benefits. Kelp contains over 70 different vitamins and minerals, and – wonderfully – won’t burn your plants if you use it at full strength. Kelp meal will gently feed almost any plant.
There are so many different ways to use Meal supplements to enhance your garden and plants. Call us if you have any questions!