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Hi . I was wondering if I am doing the right thing .Over many years my garden has had lots of organic matter dug in to it . 

Now twice a year I use ,bone meal ,or blood fish and bone .

 Am I doing the right thing ?

Thanks for any ideas .

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  • punkdocpunkdoc Sheffield, Derbyshire border.Posts: 8,070

    I would not use bone meal, but FBB, or Growmore, would be fine.

    Bone meal if it has any use, is really just for root development and is not a general purpose fertiliser.

    I would still mulch with organic matter as well.

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  • Rubee, that depends on your soil, so it is impossible to answer for us. :) Look around your garden, does the plants look healthy? Then they get what they need. 

    Punkdoc. Bone meal is a fertilizer and has a use, as it slowly release phosphorus. 

  • punkdocpunkdoc Sheffield, Derbyshire border.Posts: 8,070

    Not sure I agree Fire Lily.

    Yes, it does contain Phosphorus, but evidence suggests, that the majority of it is not available to plants.

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  • What evidence punkdoc? Could you link to it?

  • punkdocpunkdoc Sheffield, Derbyshire border.Posts: 8,070

    Sorry, nothing to hand, but previous reading has suggested, that most of the phosphate in bone meal is not in a soluble form and remains within the soil for prolonged periods of time.

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  • Reading what? 

    I never believe such statements, until I can read the scientific source, as most of such claims origin from producers of other products. 

  • YviestevieYviestevie Kingswinford, West MidlandsPosts: 5,353

    I mulch with organic manure once a year and FBB the border in February.  I then feed the plants during their flowering period with whatever suits the plants.  I find this keeps the soild in good condition and gives the plants a boost when they need it most.

    Hi from Kingswinford in the West Midlands
  • punkdocpunkdoc Sheffield, Derbyshire border.Posts: 8,070

    Fire Lilly, you are free to believe what you wish, I come from a scientific background and my reading was to inform my gardening. I no longer use bone meal as I do not believe it works.

    If you wish to use bone meal, all I would say, is that you will still need a source of Nitrogen and Potassium, so will still need to use another fertiliser.

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  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 15,941

    I’m probably the only one here who doesn’t use fertilisers. I just pile on my home made compost and leave it at that.

    I watched a programme years ago that said your soil will make what it needs.  Whether that is a true scientific fact I don’t know, but my garden doesn’t lack anything as those who know me will verify 

    I did use chicken pellets when I first started as I got rid of 100’ length of conifers and thought the ground may need something. 

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • RubeeRubee Posts: 5,696

    Thank you all for your help .

    M U . I will look at that link .Thank you .

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