How to Use Lard in the Ground When Planting Roses


Lard is fat that is rendered from butchered pigs, and its use dates back for centuries for cooking, soaps, lubricants and as plant fertilizer. For plants that are heavy feeders such as roses, lard is an ideal candidate for fertilizer. Planting lard into the ground with the roses when they are young is the best way to ensure the roses obtain the maximum feeding from the lard.

Step 1

Choose a planting site. It must be in full sun with open space. Roses need at least four to five hours of sun per day and lots of room to mature (if they are crowded, they will wither). When picking a variety of roses, check with your local nursery for the best for your region, as well as space requirements for your landscape.

Step 2

Dig a hole for your rose. The depth and width depends on your variety. For transplanted roses, the hole needs to be twice as deep and wide as the size of the container the rose is in beforehand.

Step 3

Unwrap a 1-lb. block of lard from its packaging. Set the entire block of lard in the bottom of the hole carefully.

Step 4

Set the rose shrub into the hole right in the middle. Carefully back fill the soil into the hole over the sides of the lard and around the rose roots. You want the rose's crown to be about 1 inch underneath the soil.

Step 5

Pat the soil around the base of the rose bush firmly. Water the roses generously and let it settle so no air pockets stay around the roots. Add more soil on top if the mound settles more than 1 inch below the original height. Stamp it down lightly.

Things You'll Need

  • Garden spade or shovel


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