I have a flower bed along side my driveway. It is about 1.5ft x 15 ft,
(approximately 22 sqft).
This particular flower bed has fairly poor soil, earlier this winter, I
mixed in about 2.5 cuft of composted steer manure, about 3 cups of blood
meal, and about 2 cups of bone meal to a depth of about 6 inches.
Historically this flower bed has been fairly void of earthworms, possibly
due to heavy exposure to direct sun, low mulch and probably minimal organic
material in the soil. I am trying to move away from having to use synthetic
fertilizers, and pesticides as much as possible.
My plan is to add another 2cuft of composted steer manure as top dressing
before the planting season begins, and then starting next year just apply 1
cubic foot of compost and some bone & blood meal at the beginning of spring.
Does this sound like a sustainable plan? Or do I need to add something else?
I have considered Osmocote, but that's just a time release synthetic