Typically, organic fertilizers are expensive down here. The feed stores in town that carry blood meal etc. have priced it as niche products. Does anyone have recommendations for online stores for organic fertilizers at a reasonable price and shipping costs?
alfalfa meal, fish meal, steamed bone meal (or super-phophate if you don't like the dust), cottonseed meal (or soy meal), blood meal, Milorganite, Kelp Powder and Epsom Salt.
From memory, use quarter cup each of super-phosphate, Kelp powder and Epsom Salts. The others use one cup each. If you use bone meal instead of Super-phosphate, use one cup of it. I think if you have access to Holly tone, just throw in a cup of it also for the good bacteria and fungi that it contains.
The ingredients except for the Kelp Powder and Epsom Salt are from the Mills website. I checked out the N-P-K ratios of the various ingredients and that of Mills Magic, and came up with the following ratios by weight:
Alfalfa Meal 4
Cottonseed Meal 4
Blood Meal 1
Bone Meal 4
Fish Meal 1
N-P-K of Mill's Magic is 6-5-1.
You don't need to be rocket science accurate but if you add 1 cup of each, it should be okay.
I put fresh manure on my rose beds all the time. I put it on top of the soil like a mulch where it gradually decomposes and feeds the plants. I think it might be bad to mix it right into the soil,or put it in a planting hole.In general horse manure is probably not as "strong" as others - especially chicken.
I top dress my plants with purchased aged manure also. I saw Epsoma Holly Tone and Plant Tone in Walmart this week. I sent them an email suggesting that they stock Rose Tone as well, for what that is worth.