Post from Bees and Chicks Tuesday’s Tips Whip up a batch of my version of Rose Tea for a quick boost. I make this tea for roses, but irises and peonies love this as well. In my garden the blooms are huge and plants just thrive on it. I usually make a large garbage can full of this and let ferment for a week. (Be warned — it smells really bad! ) This recipe is for a 5 gallon pail for those who don’t want to have a surplus of stinky tea in their backyard. Multiply as needed for larger quantities. Rose Tea 2-3 cups alfalfa pellets or alfalfa meal with no salt added (inexpensive at an AG store or farmers co-op) 5 tablespoons fish emulsion 1 tablespoon of liquid seaweed extract or 1/2 cup kelp powder (I use Stress X) 1/2 cup Epsom salts (buy it at the drug store — way cheaper than at the garden center) 3 tablespoons molasses (supposed cut smell down) Mix all the ingredients in the pail then fill with water to the top. Stir, cover and let sit for a week. Feed roses twice a month with tea, about 1/2 gallon to 1 gallon for each plant. The sludge that remains on the bottom of the pail can be spread around plants. Scratch it in a little to prevent a crust from forming. Another quick rose tip: bury chopped banana peels and eggshells around your roses.
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