Saturday, 6 August 2016

How To Use Bonemeal Fertilizer In The Garden

How To Use Bone Meal Fertilizer In The Garden

 Here is some information about a good fertilizer in the garden.  This demonstrates yet again how useful it is to compost as well when one considers that animal bones are used.  The only drawback is that bones don't quickly decompose, therefore should be ground and this is best done commercially.

What Is Bone Meal Fertilizer?

As the name implies, bone meal comes from ground up animal bones. Usually, beef bones, however, other types of animals can be used to prepare bone meal fertilizer.
Because much of the bonemeal fertilizer comes from beef, many worry about getting Mad Cow Disease from handling the fertilizer. It’s not possible. All animals are tested for mad cow disease, if they test positive they will not be used for food or fertilizer.
Also, the process bone meal goes through to become a powder (not a liquid fertilizer) will quickly kill off any pathogens that would carry the disease in the first place.

Why Use It On Plants?

Bone meal adds phosphorus to the garden soil. Most commercial bone meal fertilizers on the market today have a 3-15-0 NPK ratio. Phosphorus helps plants build a strong root system along with increased flower and fruit development.
Before adding bone meal to your soil, always check the soil pH levels. If the levels are above 7, make any adjustments before you add bone meal fertilizer. This helps ensure the Organic fertilizer will be available to plants and work properly.

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