“ Brand: Snclair / Type: Fertilizer „
J A Bower`s bonemeal is a superb way of organically feeding root growth.
We love our garden, but as most of you will know the more you tend and feed the soil the better the overall result will be.
Bone meal is a slow release fertiliser that contains nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium and lots of calcium.
Bone meal is sourced from the slaughterhouse, the bones being sterilised first of all and the ground into a coarse, medium or fine grade.
At one time the farmers apparently used to make their own bone meal by roasting the bones, or another method used was to ferment the bones in water.
A 1kg tub of the Organic root building food will cost £3.82 and is available from most garden centres.
Bone meal works more slowly than many other fertilisers, it makes really good nourishment for bulbs, crocus, daffodil, iris and tulip, the bone meal needs to go into the ground when the bulbs are first planted, thus the fertiliser and the bulbs grow together, the slow release of the bone meal enhances growth.
Roses enjoy a good feed with bone meal, the extra nourishment seems to give good results
Bone meal can also be bought in tablet form from Health food stores.
Bone Meal must always be kept away from any water system or shoreline, if by any chance it is leached into the water there is a high chance that aquatic life may be endangered.
Adding bone meal promotes root growth with shrubs, trees and perennials, but I would never consider using it on my annuals.
Root crops love the phosphorus that is in abundance in bone meal, so do peas, beans and sweet-peas. If you consider using bone meal to feed the soil then rake it into the beds a couple of months before you sew.
Clematis, lilac and Hydrangea all love a sprinkle of bone meal.
But don't be tempted to apply the meal to rhododendrons or azalea's because they love acidity in the soil and bone meal has an alkaline reaction.
You might also notice something funny going on if you own a dog! the bone meal smells very tempting to dogs, ours loves to lick it! A dog minus manners!
Bone Meal is a general purpose slow release powder fertiliser, that can be applied as a base dressing or as a top dressing for already established plants. It can be used for Trees, Roses, Shrubs, Climbers, Bulbs, and most other plants.
It has an interesting history of uses. Among other things it was formerly used in animal feeds until it was discovered that it played host to bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE). Most likely that's why it says on the packet not to use where cattle and sheep have access. It was also used as calcium supplement in humans until it emerged that many preparations were contaminated with heavy metals such as lead.
There are several reasons why Bone Meal (for me anyway) is the ideal fertiliser. It is quick and easy to apply on a large scale and doesn't require any additional equipment to do so. It's slow release therefore nutrients are released throughout the year meaning it requires less applications than compered to an soluble fertiliser. This also means that in the long run it will probably cost you less, especially if like me your dealing with large areas of soil. The three kilogram tub is all plastic with a tight fitting lid which ensures that the product is kept free from moisture and is easier to keep away from children. And it can be used all year round.
Personally I wouldn't recommend Bone Meal for use with Fruit and Vegetables, as the fertiliser is low in potassium (which is often needed in large amounts for higher and more successful crops). It would been have been nice if it come with some sort of measuring spoon (like the Phostrogen fertiliser does) to ensure correct rate of use. Because it's a fine powder it is likely to be blown out your hand by the wind while your trying to sprinkle it evenly over the soil (but that's the winds fault not the Bone Meal's)
While there are other cheaper fertilisers available to buy, I feel that the advantages I mentioned justify the slightly higher price tag. In an ideal world we wouldn't need to use fertilisers at all, but with declining nutrients in our soil, Bone Meal is probably the best way to go about breathing new life into your soil, and thus ensuring a picture perfect garden (or whatever) year after year.
(I'm a reviewer on Amazon, and some my reviews are copied from there to dooyoo. Please feel free to check out my Amazon profile under my real name of Mr Andrew M Kerr.)
Snclair Bone Meal 3Kg Organic Root Building Plant Food - Use When Planting Trees And Shrubs To Give Them A Good Start. - Ready-to-use - Ideal For Trees Shrubs Roses And Other Plants