My patch was low in nitrogen at the beginning on the season so I gave the plants a little boost with about two teaspoons of cotton seed meal around the stump area. Cotton seed meal is an organic slow release fertilizer that is a good source of nitrogen. It is also good for lowering ph and my patch could use some help in that respect.
The rest of the patch got 3 pounds of blood meal. Blood meal is a fast release organic fertilizer and that fertilizer will feed the plant as the roots and vines go out.