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Can I add bonemeal/bloodmeal to my MM?

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Can I add bonemeal/bloodmeal to my MM?

Post  NHGardener on 4/25/2011, 4:59 pm

I have some spare seedling starter ingredients hanging around, unopened, that I never used. I'm wondering whether I can mix them in with my MM of verm, peat, & composts. I have a 3 lb. bag of bone & blood meal, a 10 lb. bag of greensand, and 8 quarts of Miracle Gro Perlite. Why waste them? Maybe they'd be good for the garden. I have basically five 4x4 boxes, so if I mixed them with all the MM, it probably wouldn't even be noticeable. Except for the greensand, maybe 10 lbs. of that would be overkill.

Should I do that or not?
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Re: Can I add bonemeal/bloodmeal to my MM?

Post  dizzygardener on 4/25/2011, 5:09 pm

Some folks do add those things to your MM to add an extra kick. If you wanted to you certainly could, but I'd add it according to the directions not just dump it all in. I wouldn't add the perlite if you've got the full amount of vermiculite you need.
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Post  Glendale-gardener on 4/25/2011, 5:15 pm

Unless you already think you have a problem with your MM, I'd save that stuff for something else. The blood meal could come in handy for your compost pile and you could still use the greensand for seed starting mix.
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Post  camprn on 4/25/2011, 6:50 pm

@NHGardener wrote:I have some spare seedling starter ingredients hanging around, unopened, that I never used. I'm wondering whether I can mix them in with my MM of verm, peat, & composts. I have a 3 lb. bag of bone & blood meal, a 10 lb. bag of greensand, and 8 quarts of Miracle Gro Perlite. Why waste them? Maybe they'd be good for the garden. I have basically five 4x4 boxes, so if I mixed them with all the MM, it probably wouldn't even be noticeable. Except for the greensand, maybe 10 lbs. of that would be overkill.

Should I do that or not?
I use the blood meal and bone meal when I transplant, mix it right in the hole the wee seedling is going into. Those are not inexpensive and I use only as much as I need to. hang onto it, it wont go bad and you may feel like something may need a bit of a boost in the g[rowing season. Wink
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Post  NHGardener on 4/25/2011, 7:03 pm

Okay! Then I'll add it as I transplant.

And is the greensand good to sprinkle on the compost pile to help it along? Seems I remember reading that somewhere.
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Post  dizzygardener on 4/25/2011, 7:25 pm

here is a snippet from a composting book:

http://books.google.com/books?id=N6sx5-OM_psC&pg=PA93&lpg=PA93&dq=greensand+and+compost&source=bl&ots=41ukMHBHl1&sig=U9ynnwurQo5cwtNrQMIlf8C2qwA&hl=en&ei=HQK2TdnaIOX50gGBm4zRDw&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=8&ved=0CFcQ6AEwBw#v=onepage&q=greensand%20and%20compost&f=false

Apparently greensand improves the availability of potassium in the compost.
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Re: Can I add bonemeal/bloodmeal to my MM?

Post  NHGardener on 4/25/2011, 7:50 pm

Wow! That composting book is great! THANK YOU!

Guess I know what I'll be doing tonight...

oops - I see it's only certain pages. Well, still, any amount of page will help me out...


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Re: Can I add bonemeal/bloodmeal to my MM?

Post  camprn on 4/25/2011, 7:52 pm

@dizzygardener wrote:here is a snippet from a composting book:

http://books.google.com/books?id=N6sx5-OM_psC&pg=PA93&lpg=PA93&dq=greensand+and+compost&source=bl&ots=41ukMHBHl1&sig=U9ynnwurQo5cwtNrQMIlf8C2qwA&hl=en&ei=HQK2TdnaIOX50gGBm4zRDw&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=8&ved=0CFcQ6AEwBw#v=onepage&q=greensand%20and%20compost&f=false

Apparently greensand improves the availability of potassium in the compost.
one of the BEST BOOKS EVER! I should probably get a new copy. The one I have was printed in the 70's. What a Face
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