Alfalfa pellets have long been used to feed animals like horses
and rabbits for decades.
The lack of
waste, economical packaging and ease of feeding has been a life saver for
farmers, and now gardeners can reap the benefits of alfalfa in an easy to use
The pellets of alfalfa that you get from a feed store are
simply alfalfa hay, chopped up and extruded in pellet form.
They contain easily obtainable Nitrogen, as
alfalfa, being a legume, draws in Nitrogen from the air, and stores it to be
Most of this Nitrogen is
stored in the heavy root system of the plant, but some of it is used for the
growth of the plant.
To use alfalfa pellets as an organic fertilizer, sprinkle a
handful around the base of each plant, or in the bottom of the planting
As soon as the pellets get wet
from irrigation, they start to break down, and release their nutrients. The great part about using the pellets is
that it’s a slow release of nutrients, giving the plant small amounts over a
long period of time.
Another way to use alfalfa pellets is as a basis for compost
Steeped in a large amount of water,
the pellets break down – caution: this smells really bad!
Stir the mixture every day for a week or two,
until it clears.
Adding some molasses
can help attract the yeast spores which can make it go a little faster.
In a different formulation, alfalfa meal is ground up
This is best sprinkled on as a
top dressing, or an activator in compost piles.
The quick action of this as a nitrogen source is valuable if you have a
crop that refuses to grow due to lack of energy, but it can also be very strong
if it’s used too heavily, or right against the stem of the plant.
As it’s in smaller pieces than the alfalfa
pellets, it will be much faster acting, without the benefit of slow release of
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