Re: alfalfa pellets
It seems that in 1975, Dr. Stanley K Ries of Michigan State University
established that alfalfa increased yields of certain plants. He discovered
CONTANOL, contained in the leaves of alfalfa, is an extremely
powerful plant growth stimulant. Alfalfa is also beneficial for soil organisms. It has a very high vitamin A content, plus thiamine, riboflavin,
pantothenic acid, niacin, pyridoxine, choline, proline, bentaine and folic
acid, plus nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium, calcium, magnesium and other
valuable minerals. Also included are sugars, starches, proteins and fiber,
plus co-enzymes and 16 amino acids.
for teas at $8.00/lb.
Anecdotal evidence that alfalfa works in the garden comes from
commercial growers as well as home gardeners. One says he has been using
alfalfa pellets for five years. At first he tried them in one bed. That bed
was outstanding, and so he used them on all beds ever since.
Other growers prefer to pass the pellets through the horse prior to use.
Some gardeners put a handful, or even a cupful in the soil in the hole
while planting individual specimens. The pellets can be sprinkled over the
top of the soil around established plantings and can be left to dissolve --
they quickly turn into a mush -- or dug into the soil around the plants.
Alfalfa is not relished by squirrels and because it quickly melds into the
soil, does not seem to attract other varmits. Some rose and orchid growers
make an alfalfa RteaS and spray the liquid directly on their plants as a
Alfalfa pellets are available from Agway stores or wherever cattle and
horse feed is sold. Agway in East Aurora sells a 50 pound bag for $8.49.
The price in 1988 in another part of the country was $6.40 for 50 pounds.
Alfalfa pellets are a real RCounty-MouseS miracle substance. Farmers
have been growing alfalfa to improve soil for a long time. Now itUs available and has been proven to be successful for home gardeners, too.
The technical information in this article comes from an article by Doris
Simpson in The Daylily Journal, Fall, 1988.
Kay Berg -- That info comes from an article I wrote recently for a local
publication. Hope that and the comments from other folks will help you.
CarolynSchaffner in Buffalo, NY