Coast of Maine 'Alfalfa Meal Soil Builder'
Apply in the spring after the weather warms. One pound equals 3 cups. Top-dress the soil – Using Alfalfa Meal as a top-dressing is easy and need only be done twice during the growing season. Simply broadcast on top of your garden beds at the recommended rate of 3 pounds per 100 square feet. For individual plants, sprinkle 1/2 cup around small flowers (like annuals) and 1 cup around lager plants (perennials). For rose bushes and flowering shrubs of the same size, apply 3 cups. Always water it in after applying.
Note: Only apply it to the surface of the soil and don’t over-apply. Make an Alfalfa Meal tea – Quicker benefits are achieved when alfalfa is brewed into a tea. Put one cup alfalfa meal in a 5 gallon bucket. Fill bucket with water and allow it to sit from 4 – 6 days, stirring it daily. The result will be a thick tea that can be applied to the soil surface underneath shrubs and and flowers. The longer it brews the better, but the more “aromatic” it will become. Add 1/2 cup of Coast of Maine Kelp Meal to that bucket and make an even more beneficial tea. It can also be used as a foliar spray after straining the solids out through cloth. In liquid or spray form, alfalfa tea can be applied every 4-6 weeks or as often as needed throughout the growing season.
Alfalfa, or Medicago sativa, is a perennial flowering legume in the pea family and an important forage crop. It takes nitrogen from the air and holds it as nodules on its roots, a process call “nitrogen fixing”. When dehydrated and ground into a meal, it becomes an exceptional organic fertilizer, increases organic matter in the soil and is a fast and effective soil conditioner.