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I want to start feeding my plants this year as hoping this will give the beds the oomph they need but it has just taken me forever to feed all of my beds using a 5ltr watering can. Over 100ltrs and many trips back to the tap lol 
How do you feed your larger gardens? Is there an easier way or do I just need to suck it up and realise this is now a weekly task I need to get on board with.



  • PianoplayerPianoplayer Posts: 624
    I use slow release granules now and in June/July, just scattered around the base of the plants. For flowering plants, extra liquid feed weekly is a good idea, and I guess you could target this at certain plants in your borders to save the treks back and forth!
  • K67K67 Posts: 2,507
    edited April 2021
    I have only started to feed roses and clematis in the last 2 years and prefer to 'feed' the soil with a mulch of  well rotted manure in spring and/or autumn.
    For the last 46 years I can't say I bothered much, just the odd scatter of chicken manure pellets every few years and most things survived and flowered very well but I was always careful to find the right plant for the right space. 
    I have this theory that the more you feed they become lazy and don't fend for themselves as since I have started feeding said roses and and clematis they seem less healthy, if that makes sense!

    You can buy things you can attach to your hose to give your plants a foilar feed, I think Hozelock do one.
  • Thank you both. Yes perhaps I tackle the soil instead of the plants or just choose certain areas / plants to target. 
  • JennyJJennyJ Posts: 8,852
    I use the pelleted chicken poo fertiliser scattered over the whole garden in spring and once more later in summer if I remember, and slow-release granules for baskets/containers when I plant them up and again for anything that isn't getting repotted in the spring, then tomato food liquid for the toms and cucumbers when they start fruiting, and for any baskets/containers that look as if they need a boost later in the summer. I also use blood fish and bone or bone meal for new plantings depending on the time of year (I have hungry sandy soil so I think it helps to give them a good start) but I don't usually spot-feed plants growing in the ground after that. Too much work, and likely to get forgotten anyway.
    Doncaster, South Yorkshire. Soil type: sandy, well-drained
  • PosyPosy Posts: 3,601
    I use growmore because the foxes and dogs and possibly the badgers, too, love blood fish and bone and chicken pellets and dig everything up to get it.
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