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NewBoy2NewBoy2 BristolPosts: 1,502

This November I will have been working my plot for 4 years and I have added the following in different areas and over different periods

My question is in general terms when does the value or effect of these different additions to the soil finish

Blood Bone Fish 




Green manure...Phaecelia

I am planning out the 3 parts of the plot to enable sensible rotation and obviously some of the plants I want to grow wil / wont benefit from the addition of the above

? Does anyone have any experience / advice on what needs to be replenished etc

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  • NewBoy2NewBoy2 BristolPosts: 1,502

    165 Views but no Opinions !!!!

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  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 9,728

    BFB lasts about 6 months.  Sprinkle some every year in spring and again in late summer.  Lime is added when needed to correct acidity but on a veg plot on naturally acidic soil is usually repeated every 3 years precisely following crop rotation so that brassicas are grown in the freshly limed ground.  Gypsum can be used to help break down clay so is a one-off treatment.  Any type of manure should be replenished as a mulch once a year (usually in late autumn) and doing this will gradually improve soil structure.

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  • herbaceousherbaceous E. BerksPosts: 1,940

    I do try and rotate but I am a bit disorganised so spend bad weather days writing plans then on the first fine day I find myself thinking "Hmmmm those few beets will just fit in there, maybe I can squeeze a few more lettuces in before I have to clear this bit."  So, you can have my opinion but it is likely worthless  image

    Something really punchy like manure so the greedy plants do well, then my compost and comfrey tea so the less picky get a go, then a scattering of BF&B for beets, leeks, peas etc. Potatoes and runner beans make me dig so I fill the holes with paper, card, wilted comfrey, whatever I have. There you go, told you I wouldn't be any help, but I do have fun image

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  • NewBoy2NewBoy2 BristolPosts: 1,502

    Thanks Bob...........I thought perhaps I had asked Stupid Question No 12 !!

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  • NewBoy2NewBoy2 BristolPosts: 1,502


    Your opinion is valued and very helpful and full of ideas new to me 

    Thank You


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  • herbaceousherbaceous E. BerksPosts: 1,940

    NewBoy2 how kind, and very polite.

    Haven't been anywhere for over five months but I'm here and I'm mostly happy
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