Ok, so I wanted to add some fertilizer to my garden and stop using Miracle Grow because every organic book I read asserts that Miracle Grow IS OF THE DEVIL!
So I went out to hunt for "organic fertilizers" and one of the ones I found was chicken manure. ($12 for a 20lb. back of chicken poo? I feel cheated. Unfortunately I don't know anyone with a farm.) It had good numbers on the front. The bag says 3.0-2.0-3.0.
After I bought it someone tells me that it is acidic and to be careful putting too much of it on plants, especially plants that are not acid lovers. I did some reading on chicken manure fertilizer and one website said to lay it on the ground before you use to let some of the nitrogen content out because it has too much. Another said put it in a compost pile.
My question is: Because this is bagged and prepackaged, does this mean that those measures have already been taken, being left out and allowed nature to take its course? Can I mix it with a little baking soda to reduce its acidity? If the best option is to put it in the compost pile (mine is just a hole in the ground I put leaves and organic materials in), how do I then get the nutrients to the plants already planted in the garden?
Edit: Sorry, forgot to put a list of plants I would be putting this on. Geeze, you people can't read my mind?! Slackers.
Tomatoes, cucumbers, blueberries, strawberries, kung pao peppers, morning glories, a couple different sages and mints.