Blood/bone meal attracting animals?

Discussion in 'Outdoor Growing' started by qpone, Feb 18, 2013.

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    qpone

    qpone Member

    I plan on growing outdoors organically but I'm worried that the blood/bone meal I'm amending my soil with will attract unwanted animals. I've heard that "cooking" the soil will eliminate the chance of predators smelling it.

    If so, how long should I "cook" the soil prior to planting? Are there any other precautionary measures I can take against unwanted animals? And are there any other organic amendments that can replace blood meal and bone meal altogether?

    Any advice is appreciated, thanks
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    Edgar9

    Edgar9 Active Member

    use worm castings instead. I dumped a bunch of blood meal outside my house once and it attracted biting flies. The flies invaded the property for the entire summer. It was unbelievable. They were everywhere. Biting me, my dog, they didn't leave until it was cold out. They never came back though after they were gone.
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    TheHaze

    TheHaze Active Member

    ya if there are pests that live around like racoons and opossums your gonna get attacked if you use blood meal. Gotta cook a min of 4 weeks I would say. best thing I ever seen used to help fight diggers is burring diamond pattern metal screen over the hole. Just cut a hole in the middle of the screen for the plant to grow up through. It will not stop them digging completely but it might save it long enough for you to find it and repair the damage.
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    Lookwhatimblazn

    Lookwhatimblazn Active Member

    I didn't use blood meal least year but I did have a ground hog fuck everything up for me (I did get my revenge hehehehe) but got to bury the chicken wire like 4 to 6 inches deep around the plant or itll push it's way threw trust me I watched it do it so I knew right before I shot it in the was with my 12g
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    qpone

    qpone Member

    im liking the idea of using metal mesh to prevent animals from digging them up. ive also heard alfalfa/kelp meal can replace blood/bone meal so ill look into that
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    HTP

    HTP Active Member

    I myself never had an issue with bone meal.
    Until a family of rats ran out of the box. Lets just say bone mean is no more.
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    mikeandnaomi

    mikeandnaomi Well-Known Member

    You'll attract a ton of bugs, etc. worse then the animals..
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    Nutes and Nugs

    Nutes and Nugs Well-Known Member

    I forgot to put a bag of bone meal away.
    The next day coming home from work, I found my dog ate most of it.
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    HTP

    HTP Active Member

    ewww! Thats nasty.

    lol
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    MonkeyGrinder

    MonkeyGrinder Well-Known Member

    Did it have any weird effects on your dog?
    I bet he built a snowman out of it XD
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    Rob Roy

    Rob Roy Well-Known Member

    He got my homework too !!
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    markexpress

    markexpress Active Member

    Indeed. Had some bad experience with these things. Using blood/bone meal is just as bad as using egg shells. I don't use any food items for my garden anymore. Animals sometimes dug holes, trampled soil, and sometimes caused serious damage to the plants after I used post-consumption human food for my garden. From my experience, its better not to use these things. Stick to non-food sprays, worm castings and nutrient mixes.

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