Organic fertilizer can be found in many different forms. It can be created from plants, leaves, food wastes and from fish. Organic fertilizer from fish can then also take different forms. One of those is from the shells of crustaceans such as crabs and lobsters. These shells are very rich in nutrients that create a great growing environment for flowers and vegetables. Crab meal is found at most fertilizer centers, and can even be made on your own.
What Is Crab Meal?
Crab meal organic fertilizer is the kiln dried shell of the crab that has been ground down to dust. Crab meal has a protein in it called chitin. This protein make up is what makes the crab meal such a wonderful organic fertilizer. By itself, it's organic and loaded with nitrogen, phosphorous, calcium and magnesium. It is slow release which is healthier for plants and it also helps with nematode and fungus problems in the soil Because it is also high in chitin. It encourages soil microorganisms to discharge enzymes called chitinases, which break down the chitin that are a part of the nematode egg shell. Crab meal can be considered a bio-pesticide (preventing, destroying or repelling) for this reason. Crab meal provides a slow release of nitrogen to the soil. This nitrogen will give the plants a very strong stalk and deep green appearance.
Other fertilizers can also benefit from the use of crab meal. Because of its great slow release qualities, crab meal will also defend the plant against ringworm. The chitin protein protects the plants giving your vegetables and flowers a healthy growing process without the use of pesticides and harmful chemicals.
Using Crab Meal Organic Fertilizer
Fertilizing your garden with the use of crab meal can be done on its own or combined with the use of other fertilizers. When combined, the manufacturer usually has their own directions for use. The same it true of crab meal fertilizer by itself. These instructions are unique to the composition of the fertilizer and for the desired application. There are also instructions that are generally agreed upon. For specific vegetable and applications the use for the crab meal will be different. For instance, vegetables should have 5 lbs for each 50 foot row.
Other uses include:
House plants at 2 ounces per flower.
Tomatoes at 4 ounces per plant.
Trees at 4 lbs. per tree.
When sowing the plant you should till the fertilizer into the soil before planting. If the plant is already in the soil, then tilling aroundthe plant or simply spreading it around the base will be sufficient for a successful growing season. This is not a water soluble fertilizer. It must be applied by itself.
Mulching your garden bed has some great benefits. Mulch will hold moisture and keep weeds from starting around the plant. However, it is also useful for helping the crab meal better keep the plant fertilized. Spread the crab meal into the mulch and the time release qualities of it will continually feed the plant. You can also add some crab meal to your compost bin for an added boost in nutrition.
Crab meal makes for a tremendously beneficial organic fertilizer. Its time release quality will not over fertilize your plant, but will give it the nitrogen and protein it needs for beautiful, vibrant, and healthy produce. Use it on your trees, vegetables, or flowers for great results.