First visit to GardenStew? Learn more Already a member? -> Sign in     Not a member yet? -> Register

You are in Forums > Gardening Other >

What can I do with very old Fertilizer?


To hide these ads please register / sign in
Post Reply | Start New Topic | Register / sign in to view printable version of this page      




Donna S
Virginia
Posts: 2654
Posted: Tue Aug 23, 2011 4:11 pm   Post subject: What can I do with very old Fertilizer?


Just found a bag of 20-20-20 fertilizer in hubbys shed. It's hard as concrete and very old. If I break it up can I use it in my compost barrel? If not what should I do with it?
Thanks
Donna


moderator's note: added a more descriptive title to topic
moderator's note: moved topic to more appropriate forum




To hide these ads please register / sign in
Back to top
Profile | PM | My Garden | My Blog



carolyn

northern ohio
Posts: 6505
Posted: Wed Aug 24, 2011 1:20 am   


I personally would NOT put it in the compost. If you can break it up fine enough broad cast it sparsely over the lawn to get rid of it.

Back to top
Profile | PM | My Garden | My Blog



Jerry Sullivan


Regular Plants Contributor

Chelmsford MA
Posts: 5394
Posted: Wed Aug 24, 2011 2:54 am   


Because most fertilizer is designed to be evenly distributed, you can not guarantee to attain the correct particle size just by breaking it into smaller pieces. Instead, I would dissolve the fertilizer in water and dispense the fertilizer as a liquid to assure a more even distribution, eliminating the possibility of fertilizer burn. Putting it in a compost would add an unknown to the distribution equation, eliminating your control over disbursement.

Jerry

Back to top
Profile | PM | My Garden | My Blog



Donna S
Virginia
Posts: 2654
Posted: Wed Aug 24, 2011 8:26 am   


Thanks Carolyn and Jerry,
Going to water it down today.

Back to top
Profile | PM | My Garden | My Blog



Coppice
SE-OH USAian
Posts: 348
Posted: Wed Aug 24, 2011 12:50 pm   


I like the water added solution.

Goodness it sounds like I was making a joke. I wasn't.

Disolved fertilizer will be as good as its ever going to be, and can be spread around more parsimoniously.

I'm cheap too.

Back to top
Profile | PM | My Garden



CoolAsACucumber

Posts: 32
Posted: Thu Aug 25, 2011 10:19 am   


Hit it with a hammer. Bust it up.

Back to top
Profile | PM | My Garden



Join GardenStew for free today!



Ways to share this page (copy and paste codes):
Simple link:
Forums:
HTML:


You are in Forums > Gardening Other




     Sponsored Links