Crab Meal

Garden Tea Company

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Product Overview

Crab Meal is used as slow release organic fertilizer and soil amendment providing nitrogen, phosphorus and calcium. Crab Meal is a wonderful addition for vegetable gardens, flower beds and field crops.  The coarse texture of Crab Meal makes it an ideal soil amendment for improving aeration, drainage and soil structure.

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Kale and Broccoli with Crab Meal and Dry Molasses

Crab Meal helps to stimulate the growth of beneficial soil organisms.  Crab shell is high in Chitin (pronounced “Kite-in”) which promotes the growth of chitin eating bacteria in the soil.  Chitin is a naturally occurring molecule related to cellulose, which consists of long chains of glucose molecules linked to each other.  Chitin is present in the shells of all crustaceans and insects, and in many fungi, algae, and yeast.  High concentrations of chitin present in the soil has been recognized to deter ants, grubs, slugs, snails, as well as fungus and root feeding nematodes.

Application Rates:

Amending Soils

  • 1 lb per 50 sq. ft.
  • 12 - 20 cups per 100 sq. ft
  • 4 - 8 cups per 100 row ft.


  • 1 - 2 tbsp per planting site

Potted Plants

  • mix 1 tbsp crab meal into the top few inches of soil per gallon container

Side Dressing

  • work into the soil 1/4 - 1/2 cup per established plant and water-in

Trees & Shrubs

  • For new plantings, prepare transplant hole and mix 1-2 cups with the back-fill soil
  • For established trees/ shrubs, apply 1 - 2 lbs of crab meal per 1″ of trunk diameter.  Evenly distribute the crab meal around the base of the tree/ shrub to the drip line, mix into soil surface and water-in.

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Crab Meal promotes the growth of Chitin eating bacteria in the soil

Crab Meal provides a balanced source of nitrogen and phosphorus and helps to stimulate the growth of beneficial soil organisms needed to maintain a living soil environment.


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