Soil amendments

Jane McGary
Tue, 27 Aug 2002 19:31:19 PDT
Arnold wrote,
>I have amended the soil here with alfalfa pellets which has worked very 
>well.  I buy horse or any animal feed and just take a couple of handfuls 
>in the planting hole.  It takes a couple of months for the green manure 
>to breakdown and what's left is great stuff.  I think Alberto referred 
>to vegetal fertilizers which I assume is what I have been doing.   Why 
>waste time and money and have some one compost it for you when you can 
>do it right in the planting hole.

That would work in Arnold's area, which as I recall is on the Atlantic
coast. However, I'm going to be planting in an area that gets about 12-14
inches of rain per year, almost all of it in early winter. Alfalfa pellets
would stay in that hole for many years before breaking down, I suspect.

Jane McGary

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