This recipe will help you use alfalfa pellets to create your own soil amendment.
To prepare the garden a few weeks before planting, scatter alfalfa pellets in your planting bed. For a 3 foot by 3 foot area use one cup, or 3.5 cups for the entire raised bed. Work into the top layer of soil and water well. A few weeks later, plant your seed or transplants.
For a smaller area, planting hole or container, add a small handful of alfalfa pellets for every square foot and cover with an inch or two of soil before planting.
You can also use baled alfalfa hay to prepare a planting bed although it will take longer than pellets to decompose. Pull the bale apart, lightly spread it in the planting bed and wait at least a month before planting. Or add a 3 inch layer of alfalfa in the fall and it will decompose during winter. Come spring you won’t have to do much to get the garden prepared for planting!
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