Coast of Maine 'Lobster Meal' Organic Plant Food
Lobster, or Homarus americanus, as well as other shellfish species like crab (often taken with lobster as a by-catch), has been harvested off the coast of Maine for centuries. When the shells and bodies are dehydrated and ground into a meal for use as a fertilizer, it provides an all-natural source of organic nitrogen and calcium for plants, especially during their vegetative growth phase.
For great results, apply in the spring after the weather warms and water-in after each application. One pound equals 3 cups.
New garden beds – Spread 5 pounds per 100 square feet. Mix into the top 2-3” of soil.
Established beds – Side dress 10 pounds per 100 square feet twice during the growing season.
Rows of vegetable plants – Use 5 pounds per 50 foot row twice during the growing season.
Planting holes – For 1 gallon pot size or less, add 1 teaspoon per planting hole. For holes sized larger than 1 gallon, add 1 tablespoon per planting hole. Mix into the soil and water-in after planting.
Lawns – Use 10 pounds per 1000 square feet in the spring.
Trees and shrubs – Use 1 pound per inch of trunk diameter around the drip line of the tree once yearly. Rake into the soil.
Houseplants – Top-dress 2 tablespoons per gallon of soil twice during the growing season.
Compost bio-activator – Apply 10 pounds per cubic yard (3’x3’x3’) of compost.