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How you choose fertilizers ?

vermivermi Posts: 2

Hi Guys,
In these days, dealing with a large variety of fertilizers that are being offered, sometimes it's actually quite hard to choose one. Therefore, I wanted to ask, what criteria are important to you when choosing a fertilizer, if, lets say, the price is not important?


  • vermivermi Posts: 2

    Thanks for replay,

    Previous owner told that he everything wasn't growing so well. So in local gardening shop need to look to NPK means on the packages. Anything else ? 

  • Alan4711Alan4711 LincolnshirePosts: 1,657

    Hi Vermi being coaster we use free washed up seaweed mulch and seaweed tea feed also fish b/bone on everything we grow, good luck

  • BamboogieBamboogie Posts: 239

    Hi vermi, all the fertiliser in the world still won't help your plants if your soil isn't right.

    For example, if your soil is sandy/free draining, those nitrates and phosphates will just drain through wasting your money.

    If you don't know your soil type, the best thing you could do is to mulch or dig in where possible, organic matter. This could be garden compost or well rotted manure(available from garden centres bagged) or washed seaweed as Alan says.

    This organic matter is magic stuff! It improve all soils, light and heavy. Also is a mild slow release fertiliser. 

  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 28,574

    I have very fertile, deep alkaline loam soil on a clay sub soil in a gently sloping garden so drainage varies.   I add my own garden compost every time I plant, be it single plants or a spread to revitalise a bed.  I scatter pelleted chicken, cow and/or horse manure every spring and add it to the hole when planting hungry plants like roses and clematis.  These plants also get a dollop of specialist rose or clematis food in spring.

    Veggie beds get garden compost every time I clear a crop and scatterings of pelleted manure at planting time and in spring for the fruit bushes, rhubarb and strawberries which are permanent crops.

    Any soil, be it sand, loam, stony or clay, free draining or moisture retentive, can be improved by mulching with well rotted manure or compost every autumn and after planting something new.  As said above, good soil structure is essential to plant health and soil fertility an dthe ability ofplants to take up the nutrients available..

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