I recently tried a gardening product from a popular company, Miracle-Gro Organic Choice Bone Meal, and I wanted to share my experience for the benefit of my fellow gardening friends.
“Miracle-Gro Organic Choice Bone Meal is an organic phosphorous supplement, ideal for promoting vigorous root and flower growth or correcting a phosphorous deficiency in your garden soil.”
The company boasts of using a non-bovine source for the product. I have been using bone meal to help give my seedlings a better start for the past two years. I’ve mixed it in with the soil and also have sprinkled it on top as a type of side-dressing and have noted remarkable improvement in growth and appearance after making the application. When my husband ran to the local ag store a few weekends ago, I asked him to grab me a bag while he was out and he returned with the different Miracle Gro product. Within one week, the side-dressing application congealed into a slimy orange substance and had begun to grow fuzzy mold. I took the plants outside and carefully scooped the mold shell off the top. As I scratched the surface, I noticed that the little tiny white tendrils, that I thought were the roots of the plants beginning to be exposed, began to move. Upon closer inspection, there were numerous nearly microscopic critters wriggling around that had not been there a week or two prior when I was working with the tomatoes and other plants. I tried to remove as much of the insects (they were only located near the surface) and I added a bit more soil to replace what I had removed.
Incidentally, the only seedlings that didn’t receive a new side-dressing were the peppers. They still were making use of the bovine sourced bone meal and they had neither the mold growth nor the insects that all the other plants had.
You can see how lovely my “babies” are! I was terrified that they were going to be ruined by the infestation, but they don’t seem any worse for the wear.
Has anyone else had any experience with Miracle-Gro Organic Choice Bone Meal? I’d be interested to hear of it!