Using alfalfa pellets as cheap organic fertilizer for your lawn and garden

We all know if you walk into a grocery store the organic produce is always more expensive than produce grown using non-organic methods. Using deductive reasoning it seems easy to determine that this would mean growing vegetables organically will cost me more than if I used non-organic methods. What is a cheap vegetable gardener to do?

One disadvantage (and advantage) to organic fertilizer is that it is not as potent as chemical fertilizers. So my 2 lbs of organic will not nearly go as far (at least short term) as the same amount of chemical fertilizer. One trick to being cheap is to purchase products that are not being marketed for your planned purpose. So to solve my expensive fertilizer issue I used this same logic to solve the problem of finding a location to buy organic fertilizer that was not marketed as “fertilizer.” After some research I determined a source from my local feed store. For $10 I was able to get 25 lbs of alfalfa pellets compared to 2 lbs of alfalfa meal at my local nursery for around the same price.

One great thing about using organic fertilizer is my kids can help spread it around, unlike chemical fertilizers. It also contains triacontanol which is a root growth stimulant along with plenty of organic matter to help boost some extra microbial activity. This not only helps the grass but also improves your soil at the same time. By taking a few cups of alfalfa pellets and mixing with water you can also make alfalfa tea, which I am planning on doing later but will sure to let you know how it works out. One more tip, make sure you distribute the alfalfa pellets before a big rain or watering, currently my lawn looks like some geese are using it as their bathroom.

18 Responses to “Using alfalfa pellets as cheap organic fertilizer for your lawn and garden”

  1. Connie Says:

    Hi! have enjoyed browsing your blog.I also use alfalfa pellets from the feed store…they are fantastic for heating up the compost pile when no other green materials are available, adding nitrogen and nutrients as they break down.

  2. The Cheap Vegetable Gardener Says:

    Thanks for the reminder I did that as well but forgot to add some more after I added a bunch of leaves.

  3. Marc Says:

    Great tip! I will look to buy some of this. I already do a similar thing, sortof. My kids have pet guinea Pigs and I use their soiled bedding as compost. It also contains spilled seeds and food pellets, which I think are alfalfa and timothy.Another thing along the same lines I want to do this year which is cheap, is vermicomposting – raising redworms. I will feed them vegetable scraps etc and use their organic-rich castings as fertilizer.

  4. Marc Says:

    Sorry, I messed up the link in my comment. If you are interested in seeing our guinea pigs, click here.Sorry about that.

  5. Anonymous Says:

    In one 5 gal bucket add 8-10 cups of Alfalfa pellets stir daily for 7 days till it smell then add 2-3 cups of epsom salt.pour 4-6 cups per plant to fertilize

  6. glenn Says:

    "…. currently my lawn looks like some geese are using it as their bathroom." Well, your title does read, "Cheap organic fertilizer for your lawn and garden!!"

  7. jennifer Says:

    I recently came accross your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I dont know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.Margaret

  8. The Cheap Vegetable Gardener Says:

    jennifer, glad you are enjoying it here :)

  9. caglar keskin Says:

    I am a farmer and growing vegetables to sell. For more efficency i use fertilizers but while using them it is important to
    keep it healthy because some fertilizers contain corruptive elements so i try to read everything about fertilizers and try
    to keep my product healthy. I am grateful for those who gives information about fertilizers and anyone who
    uses fertliziers should read about it, i also found another good guide which should be read too i think;

  10. Steve Says:

    I’ve been using fish hydrolysate, humic acid and seaweed, kelp on my organic giant sunflowers and corn. I’m definitely going to try the pellets.

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  12. rebekah Says:

    omg watis dis stuff and can u smoke it :b

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  15. beginner gardener Says:

    Does anyone have any experience growing dahlias with non organic alfalfa this year?
    My bag says it is certified weed free. Does that mean it was sprayed with round up and will that kill my dahlais?
    Beginner gardener

  16. The Cheap Vegetable Gardener Says:

    You didn’t mention what the bag was but assuming it was something like planting soil or compost. Basically this label is saying it is free of weed seeds…which roundup wouldn’t actually kill anyway. Typically this is done by extreme temperatures which can be done by having it naturally cook as compost or treated with an external heat source…the good news is soil will be safe for your dahlias…

  17. Lori Kilmer Says:

    I used about a handful of pellets on my plumerias in 15 gallon containers this year. They seem to really love it. The plumerias are growing fast and pushing out flowers, but the leaves are only lasting a few days and being replaced but new ones at an extremely rapid rate. With small plumerias this is a good thing for leggy plants, they are going to send blooms to high to enjoy with the rapid growth. I guess I will take cuttings when that happens.

  18. Grady Says:

    Hi, just wanted to tell you, I liked this post.
    It was inspiring. Keep on posting!

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