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 Post subject: My new flower bed
PostPosted: Mon May 08, 2006 10:05 pm 
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I'm going to start a raised flower bed next month and I going to try to use organic methods. For example I'm going to amend the soil with composted cow manure, plant marigolds , and use safer soap spray.

So do any of you guys have any suggestions?


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PostPosted: Mon May 08, 2006 10:21 pm 
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About 2 weeks before I started planting out in my garden I put out some alfalfa pellets. First time trying it so I dont know how it will work but I have heard good things.

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I always found that the insects would balance out in about 2 years of using organic practices, which includes not killing off every bug in the yard. This was in yards that had been previously treated with chemicals. Then we moved to our current property which was all forest when we bought the land. The insect balance was already intact when I started gardening, so there was no wait at all. I rarely have to intervene. Wasps take care of a lot of pests and we always have lady bugs around for others. There are plenty of birds around and we have bats and barn swallows to help out too.
You can buy lady bugs and release them in your yard. Just follow the instructions on how to do it so they'll stick around. Wait and see if you have an aphid infestation first.
Good luck!


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PostPosted: Tue May 09, 2006 6:27 pm 
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How much nitrogen,phosphate,and potash. does alfalfa pellets have in them?


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 Post subject: Alfalfa Pellets
PostPosted: Sun May 14, 2006 1:21 pm 
Typical Analysis

Dry matter 92 %
Crude Protein 17.0 %
Fat 02.9 %
Crude fiber 25.5 %
Neutral Detergent Fiber 40.9 %
Acid Detergent Fiber 32.2 %
Calcium 1.39 %
Phosphorus 0.23%
TDN 56.1%
NE/L 57.6 Mcal/100 lbs.

For the Nitrogen content, you divide the amount of crude protein, in this case 17 by 6.25 and the result is the approximate % of nitrogen: 2.72%

In addition, alfalfa meal is very high in Vitamin A, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Pantothenic Acid, Niacin, Pyridoxine, Choline, Proline, Bentaine, Folic Acid, plus N-P-K, and trace elements. It also contains sugars, starches, proteins, coenzymes, and amino acids.

NPK approximate 3-1-2


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PostPosted: Sun May 14, 2006 2:15 pm 
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Thanks for that analysis MrOrganic :D


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PostPosted: Mon May 15, 2006 6:44 pm 
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In my new flower bed I've decide that I'm going to use a combonation of alfalfa meal ,bone meal , and something for potash.

What is a good source of potash?

Also I read in a book I just got in today that chemical fertilizers
can drive away helpfull things like earthworms and other beneficial things. Is that true?


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PostPosted: Mon May 15, 2006 6:50 pm 
Kelp Meal.


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