I've used alfalfa meal, but never pellets. I wonder if the pellets are more cost effective?The weather was pleasant for two days in a row (yay!) so I uncovered part of one of the vegetable beds and popped in a bunch of seedlings. Previously the soil in this area was horrible, with no texture and very little organic matter. Each spring I would battle a water logged mat of dense weeds. Out of desperation, last November I had sprinkled a sack of alfalfa pellets over this area and then buried it under a thick blanket of leaves. When I pulled back those leaves today there earth underneath was in fine shape-- there is definitely some organic matter developing, and it was dark and fine textured. And no weeds either as the leaves acted like a mulch over the winter. I will definitely be trying this technique again in the future.
I can't recall with certainty, but each were inexpensive. Does $16 for 50 lbs sound right?? There is a supply chain issue here, so we have not been able to get alfalfa meal for over a year. Kind of weird that you can buy pellets-- but not meal. Turns out the pellets are easy to use, so it has worked out okay. In some ways it's better because there is no dust; you just scatter the clean, shiny pellets over the surface and then scratch them in. I am loving moving towards organic amendments, but I often have to put a mask on to limit their dustiness.I've used alfalfa meal, but never pellets. I wonder if the pellets are more cost effective?
Recently I read about farmers partnering up with ranchers, so the rancher's herd grazes on the farmland of a neighbouring family. The livestock are able to forage, and in return the farmer gets manure pressed in to the field by the animals' hooves. That is interesting that the English had a similar system many years ago. I sure wish my neighbours had cows that could come fertilize my yard.The English "common" was a rotating plot of farmland allowed to go fallow for a full season and grow grasses which fed livestock which fertilized it before the next 6-7 years of crops.