Homemade Bone Meal For The Garden

I’ve been busy in the kitchen. I spent a week with the crockpot bubbling on the counter, making stock from rabbit bones.

In all, I was able to get 14 jars of stock canned and put up in my panty. Hooray alternative to chicken broth!

I had the bones of two rabbits leftover from the stock making, soft and crumbly. I fished them out of the crockpot sludge and tossed them in the oven set to 400 for about 45 minutes.

Once thoroughly dried, I had a bowlful of extremely brittle, crumbly bones.

I will grind these bones down to meal for use as an organic fertilizer. Bone meal, added to soil, is a slow release form of phosphorus. It also has trace amounts of nitrogen and potassium. Most vegetables and other plants will benefit from this, but especially root crops, including carrots, onions, radishes, parsnips, and turnips.

An application of bone meal can feed a plant for up to 4 months, and an annual application is recommended.

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