2021 - Volume #BFS, Issue #21, Page #48
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Wool Pellets Trap Moisture, Supply Nitrogen To Plants
Karen Wilde didn’t know what to think when her husband, Albert, poked bits of sheep wool around her potted plants before they left on a week-long vacation. But when the couple returned and the pots weren’t dried out, she admitted that maybe he was on to something.
Since that first experiment, the Croydon, Utah, farm couple have figured out how to pelletize wool to sell to gardeners, greenhouse operators, and other growers. And they’ve learned that wool pellets do much more than hold 20 percent of their weight in water and then release it slowly. They also have a whopping amount of nitrogen at 9-0-2 NPK.
The pellets are sold in 8 oz. bags ($11.99), 22-lb. bags ($135), and 2 lb. bags for the retail market as well as 1,000-lb. totes for commercial markets. Currently, most customers use pellets in potted plants and around garden plants.
“We’ve found that it’s good for everywhere,” Albert says, whether the pellets are holding moisture in arid climates like Utah, or protecting plants in water-saturated fields in British Columbia.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Wild Valley Farms, 2775 N 7000 E, Croydon, Utah 84018 (ph 801 940-1436; www.wildvalleyfarms.com; customerservice@wildvalleyfarms.com).

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