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Is there anything I shouldn't use blood and bone fertilizer on?

I know that you want to keep your soil sandy and nutrients to the minimum for carrots, but everything else should be fare game to fertilize, correct?
It just seems like such an easy alternative to lugging, and spreading manure for the rest of the season.
If it works to fertilize the grass and the tree above it, the veg garden, works well for slow release fertilizer for onions....
Anybody have any input?


  • Thank you @philippa smith2 We have considered mulching with sawdust next year, and the leaf mold off the trees should give a lot of body.
  • B3B3 Posts: 25,246
    Foxes will dig it up. I don't use it at all for that reason
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • BrexiteerBrexiteer Posts: 955
    Worms don't like it 
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 52,134
    It's probably the best slow release food of all @HouseFinch
    As @philippa smith2says though, it's not a replacement for things like well rotted manure and mulches. Different use. I use a sprinkle of it in spring on most things, if I remember, apart from anything that likes a poor soil etc. Also a little when planting out something new, but I don't use it on my grass.

    @B3 - I think it might be more of an issue with urban foxes. They occasionally dig at it here [front garden only] but it's usually the cubs. The mature ones tend to leave it alone, and they don't encroach into gardens because they aren't encouraged, and have plenty of other places to hunt and scrounge around in.  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • B3B3 Posts: 25,246
    There's two foxes in next door's garden right now😕 
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 52,134
    B3 said:
    There's two foxes in next door's garden right now😕 
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • oooftoooft Posts: 191
    My dog loves eating it. I once dug out a massive bed for tulip planting, scattered bone meal on it and climbed  in to begin planting only to find a big lurcher's backside pressed up against me as he set about snaffling the bone meal from the other end. I use meal on all my bulbs, tubers and corms, they love it. I did a with and without bone meal experiment with some dahlias and those with meal were much bigger, had more flowers, bigger flowers, more vivid colour. I recommend it to everyone I have garden chat with
  • BijdezeeBijdezee Posts: 1,484
    I once left a bag of it out overnight and the foxes ate the lot. I was very surprised. Must have had a tummy ache after. 
  • YviestevieYviestevie Posts: 7,045
    I sprinkle it on all the borders every spring.  Never had a problem with foxes even though I know one visits us most nights.
    Hi from Kingswinford in the West Midlands
  • @Bijdezee I wondered about that, I read that people coat bulbs with it to deter squirrels from eating them for that reason.
    @oooft Our 'lawnmower' (canine) was very interested in the bag when i was spreading it out. Fortunately he listened when I told him 'leave it'.
    Thank you everyone :smile:
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