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.
Enid Lake, MS