1. Put on a dust mask or respirator, gloves, and safety goggles (fertilizer materials are dusty), then mix all the ingredients in the bucket or washtub or on the drop cloth, stirring them together with a shovel.
  2. Topdress established bulb beds with the mixture in early spring when the foliage starts to emerge from the ground. Broadcast the fertilizer over the soil surface without working it into the soil. Wear your dust mask or respirator, goggles, and gloves for this step, too.

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If you have horses or cows—or access to a stable or farm—you can substitute dry manure for the Fabulous Fertilizer mix, (Store-bought manure will work as well.) Use 16 gallons of dry manure, or a V4-inch layer per 100 square feet of bed. Reapply each spring.

Compost is another great free fertilizer option. Rather than making the Fabulous Fertilizer mix, you can apply 16 gallons (or a Vi-inch layer) of compost per 100 square feet of bulb bed in fall and 2 pounds of blood meal in spring each year, if

Digging around the emerging bulbs can damage roots, so let spring rains wash the fertilizer into the ground.

Yield; Enough fertilizer for 100 square feet

Variation: Substitute 2 pounds colloidal phosphate for the bonemeal. Colloidal phosphate breaks down gradually over about 5 years, so test your soil to see what it needs before fertilizing again.

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