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Old December 27, 2006, 11:27 AM   #1
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Gunpowder for fertilizer?

I have a coworker that also reloads and he tells me that he sometimes will use gunpowder as fertilzer in his wifes garden and in trouble spots on his lawn. Does anyone else do this? I didn't think it could be done, fertilzer can be used as an explosive so I guess I shouldn't be too surprised that gunpowder could be used as a fertilzer, if it actually does work anyways.
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Old December 27, 2006, 11:36 AM   #2
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I use the stuff I clean up off my reloading bench to fertilize my houseplants. I have much greener plants with great growth. I think it would be cost prohibitive to use it as a general fertilizer. It contains a great amount of nitrogen which stimulates plant growth and greens up plants.

Over do it and your plants will die. Look at what happens when you drop a pile of lawn fertilizer in one place. Poof, instant death.
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Old December 27, 2006, 11:47 AM   #3
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How much for a house plant? Just a pinch every so often?
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Old December 27, 2006, 11:49 AM   #4
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I recall smokeless powder nitrocellulose is about 13% nitrogen. Applied as fertilizer it should act as a controlled release plant food because nitrocellulose is not water soluble and has to be broken down by soil conditions and microorganisms to become available to the plants.

Kind of an expensive fertilizer to buy, but RevoRick's idea of using sweepings should work. Or the partial can you get from the estate sale that you aren't sure is really what the can label says.
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Old December 27, 2006, 12:05 PM   #5
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Overuse bad? I doubt it. We had a so so rose bush and I bet I dropped ~ 8 lbs of old powder on it and the next year it went from so so to awesome and even gave us an additional color buds that it didn't have before, more blooms, different colors, momma happy.
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Old December 27, 2006, 12:29 PM   #6
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Did you post a no smoking sign at the rose bush?
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Old December 27, 2006, 01:08 PM   #7
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There's a guy here, Mike Irwin, who had in his sig line something about using the last of his Unique on his roses long ago... kinda funny way to knock a powder you don't like.

I was having problems with Unique being too sooty compared to another powder, so I dumped the rest of mine on the plants out back. I didn't notice a huge improvement in them. YMMV.
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Old December 27, 2006, 03:21 PM   #8
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No smoking sign? Is that why their just twigs left now?

No seriously, I just put the sprinkler near it and wetted it all down real good and gave it a slight spading. No problemo.
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Old December 29, 2006, 02:09 PM   #9
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"There's a guy here, Mike Irwin, who had in his sig line something about using the last of his Unique on his roses long ago... kinda funny way to knock a powder you don't like."

I don't remember putting that in my signature line...
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Old January 1, 2007, 02:18 PM   #10
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Old January 1, 2007, 03:13 PM   #11
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What powder and what load

What powder did you use and what laod for the roses.....Sorry must be the start of cabin fever.
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Old January 1, 2007, 06:41 PM   #12
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Hmmmm, a good load for roses...

I'm thinking 5gr of Unique per sq. in of garden should be safe. Just watch for pressure signs on the buds
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Old January 1, 2007, 08:36 PM   #13
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I had some very old Hercules Red Dot powder that had been sitting in the basement (read: humid) that I was afraid to reload with. I dumped it around the tomato plants in the garden that year, and they came up great. I didn't smoke while cutting the tomatoes, however.
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