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Re: Alfalfa Tea

> I do have some comments about top dressing with alfalfa pellets. I did
> it this last fall (before our rainy season - which passes for winter
> here). A lot of them caught at the base of the fans and then at the
> first rain the pellets swelled up about three fold. I don't know that it
> would have been bad for the rhizomes to be covered that way, but it made
> me nervous, so I scrapped it off the rhizomes. Since then, in our rain,
> sun, rain, sun, rain, sun environment, the resultant mush gets a little
> crusty as it dries out. Maybe it will break down as the weather clears.
> In the future I think I will stick to tea if necessary and tilling
> pellets in before planting (definitely).
	I had the same experience mentioned above with alfalfa pellets.  I
had also worked some of the pellets into the soil and when the rains came,
the newly-set rhizomes were heaved out.  I think the trick in using
alfalfa pellets is to work them into the soil in a new bed in the spring.
Then, when you plant in the late summer or early fall, the pellets will
have broken down.

	The tea idea sounds good.

	Walter Moores
	Enid Lake, MS

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