Cottonseed Meal 6-2-1 Organic Fertilizer
Cottonseed Meal is a great choice for dry organic fertilizer and here is why. Cottonseed Meal is an natural fertilizer that is made during cotton seed oil production. It is a true organic fertilizer 6-2-1. It 100% pure, there are no added fillers, extenders, animal waste and it is chemical free.
This product comes in very handy 15 lb. resealable bag that helps eliminate waste. Use what you need now and safely store the rest in a cool location.
This is a premium, natural, slow-release lawn fertilizer that can be used alone or with other natural fertilizers. It contains 6% nitrogen, 2% phosphoric acid, and 1% potash. These nutrients are released slowly and therefore are available to turf grass for extended periods of time. It may be applied in liberal amounts because it will not burn leaves and resists losses by soil leaching. The natural matter it provides improves soil texture and helps conserve soil moisture. During dry weather and in low rainfall areas, water turf grasses sufficiently to keep the soil moist around grass roots. Light, frequent watering tends to prevent deep, efficient rooting and should be avoided. A minimum of one-half to one inch of water should be applied at each irrigation.
Directions For Use
ROSES: Early spring apply twelve ounces around the base of each plant. mix it into the soil best that you can apply again in late summer. To really get your roses off to a great start apply two parts organic matter, such as cotton burr compost to one part cotton seed meal and mix around each planting.
AZALEAS, CAMELLIAS, RHODODENDRONS, or GARDENIAS: Use one quarter pound per square yard in late winter or early spring. Mix into soil while avoiding shallow roots. Water thoroughly. Apply again six to eight weeks later always remembering to water thoroughly after every application.
VEGETABLE GARDENS: Four to six pounds of CSM for every one hundred square foot. Two to three weeks later apply as a top dressing one to one and a half pounds per one hundred square feet. Water thoroughly.
ESTABLISHED LAWNS: In early Spring apply three pounds of CSM and one pound turf grass fertilizer for every one hundred square feet. In mid to late summer apply three pounds of CSM for every one hundred square feet. In early Fall apply three to four pounds of CSM per one hundred square feet to Winter over.
NEW LAWNS: Four to five pounds per every one hundred square feet and mix into the soil. Also add adequate amounts of Organic Matter per your soil test report.
Cottonseed meal is an excellent natural source of plant nutrients. Its nitrogen, phosphorus, potash, and numerous minor elements are released over an extended period of time, preventing waste and runoff, while insuring long-lasting growth, beauty and productivity of turf grasses, landscape plants and vegetable gardens. Its high content of natural matter loosens tight, heavy soils and helps light, sandy soils hold moisture and nutrients. As a slow-release, natural fertilizer, cottonseed meal is safe to use in liberal amounts without danger of burning plants.
This is why I recommend Earth to Earth, cottonseed meal organic fertilizer
Besides that fact that is an organic 6-2-1- fertilizer, I like because of the simplicity of use! I use a lot of liquid organic fertilizer, but I have to be honest with you, I sometimes get tired of all the mixing. (And of course it's gonna get spilled somehow.) But I can have my spreader loaded and be walking across the lawn in the time it takes to think about it!
That saves me time and gives it an added value for my money.One other thing that my wife is reminding me of as well is that the lawn doesn't smell funny after I use it. Let's face it liquid fertilizer is at best an "acquired smell."
It is also a great fertilizer when transplanting. When I am planting roses or blueberry bushes I use a couple of hand fulls of cottonseed meal around the roots while I back-fill the hole. I also mix it in my raised beds as well. Mix it in well with the soil so that it won't smell after it gets wet. This is typically not a problem unless you are applying it on the surface and get it on too thick.
"I have just learned about the value of Cottonseed meal and cotton burr compost. In my research I see something about gossypol toxicity, is this something that can affect people? Also, could you tell me where I can buy cotton burr compost, I am in Columbia, SC. Thanks so much. Your site is very informative. I can hardly wait till I can plant my backyard veggies this spring, I have high hopes from what I learned here.
Gossypol is a toxin that is contained cotton plants, it is a natural defense mechanism against insects. It is completely harmless unless it is consumed. That being said it can be dusty and you may want to use a paper respirator while using it.
Cottonseed is often added as a feed supplement to cattle but it is generally toxic to non ruminant animals such as poultry and swine. Cattle typically have no adverse reaction as the micro flora in their digestive tracts binds the toxin and expels it, rather than breaking it down and absorbing it. Cattle will suffer no ill effects as long as it is provided in a quantity that is 0.5% of total body weight . In the 80's there were a number of reports of Gossypol toxicity in cattle, but it was found that the cattle were being fed cotton seed "straight up" and not blended in with their regular feedstock. They were consuming twice the recommended amounts for extended periods of time. Since this was reported and the news made it way around the cattle industry, I have not heard of any other cases since.
For the cotton burr compost I recommend calling an independent garden center in your area and asking if they carry it. Nature's Blend is common here in the mid south but they may not be shipping it that far East. The weight makes shipping very costly. The other thing you may want to do is check with E-Bay, they have had on-line stores carry it in the past. But again realize that a 40# bag that retails for under $10 could cost four times that much (or more!) by the time you pay for shipping. Now may be a good time to consider starting a Bokashi bucket to make your own compost. It is a great way to deal with household waste and it supplies many varieties of beneficial bacteria, fungi and other microorganisms that are needed in your soil.
Earth to Earth Cottonseed Meal is manufactured in Jonestown, Mississippi by the
Delta Oil Mill Company
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