Proper way to store stinky fertilizer
November 5, 2011 9:35 PM Subscribe
I am a new homeowner and need to know how to store bags of fertilizer so they don't stink up my yard.
I know that this may seem like a silly question, but please bear with me. I am a first time home owner and for the first time in my life I have to figure these things out. My home has a big garden and lawn. I am in southern California so it is used weekly by my gardener at this time.
I have hired to previous owner's gardener since he is so familiar with the care of the many different plants in the yard. The previous owner kindly left me with big bags of fertilizer which the gardener has started to use. They are propped up against the back of the garage and after a couple of rainstorms, it has gotten REALLY STINKY. Like, I was wondering if previous owner was hiding a body in the yard before I realized it was the fertilizer! Ha!
1) Is the fertilizer still good or should I replace with new bags of dry fertilizer? It isn't the kind that has time released capsules in it but it does seem to have hardened into a big clump. Is it something that I should get rid of and replace regularly?
2) What is the best way to store fertilizer? I can't afford to buy a shed for the yard just yet and I don't really want to put something so stinky inside the garage. Is a deck box or plastic storage container appropriate? Does it need to be able to "breathe" because of gas buildup?
I know the solution is probably very obvious but searching google for "fertilizer storage recommendations" and the like turned up nothing.
Thanks mefites! Help educate a newbie to the world of gardening!