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ninnin Posts: 216

I have just started growing veg after a 15 year break but unlike last time when I only grew tomatoes , caugettes potatoes and a few runner beans and had my Dad to call on for his fountain of knowledge this time I am growing a huge variety and I am now feeling lost without Dad around.

I am now feeling totally lost .

I am feeding the caugettes and the tomatoes and Aubergines tomarite.

But what do i feed the leeks and onions and potatos that am growing for a first time in sacks.

I also have cabbages and pumpkins and celery and celariac and sprouts and brocolie and cauliflower and cucumbers and carrots and beetroot and peppers and sweetcorn and a few other bits and bobs .

Yes have probally jumped in at the deepend and should of taken it slower , but I have lost several relatives recently and I just feel closer to them in the veg patch.

What do I feed this lot and more importantly what should i avoid feeding .



  • Alan4711Alan4711 Posts: 1,657
    Monty said it all on G/W nettle juice or Comfry all really good and free try the dry way of making it, as it dont smell so strong lots of advise on this feed on the net all free and this year our results are great with it, used early good roots used later good leaf / top growth .

  • SingySingy Posts: 206

    Whats the dry way of making it Alan?

  • ninnin Posts: 216

    Hi Allan and thanks , I saw that episode , but what can I feed now, I think i would rather buy a liquid feed for simplicity.

    I have seen on marshalls seperate brassica feed, onion feed ,pelleted manure , potato feed and so on do I need to buy a different feed for every plant or is there a make of feed that will do most veg and what are the exceptions.

    Then they also have enhanced seaweed food, sulphate of potash, super phosphate , epsom salts. which do i need and which plants do i give this to.

    My dad used to give me a bottle of tomorite and a bag of sprikle stuff stick tomorite on fruiting and other stuff else where  easy but when i look on line its so complicated. It seems to be this likes acidity that alkalinity high nightrates low this high the other and my brain is exploding.

    What can I buy to feed onions, brassicas , and spuds do i need different things or is there one thing that would suit all.

    I will try the comfry and nettle stew but thats for next year.

  • ninnin Posts: 216

    Verdun thanks for that

    Can I use fish blood and bone on all my veg ?

  • Alan4711Alan4711 Posts: 1,657
    Dry way ,place one container with drain holes drilled into it into another with no holes in it this one is to collect the tea,,2 gallon buckets are just the job,(??1each at BnQ cut up your nettles or comfry fill up the holed container place a brick or anything a little heavy on top, pour a pint or so of water in to start it, cover it or place somewhere out of the rain the green rots down quite quickly and the juice runs into the bottom container,this is now an ongoing free food factory just keep filling it up and as Monty and all the gardeners i know agree is as good as seaweed, don't forget to water the juice down to about ten to one and it stores very well in old plastic milk bottles,does smell a bit

    great food Alan4711
  • SingySingy Posts: 206

    Cheers Alan, I just made a batch the wet method today, next time i might try your way.

  • I know I had the best of marrows one year by digging a trench and filling it with nettle tops and then putting the clay back on top over them. I then later planted the marrow plants on top. I did the same with grass cutting and old pine needles on and around the pumpkins and they seemed to have done well but I am sure it was luck that I didn't burn the roots of these plants from what I used as in fresh cuttings? But it is a lot of work for what it is worth.

    Old Manure can be the best of all I believe and seaweed is suppose to be best burried as they say the iodine in seaweed as it rots goes off into the air if left uncovered, I don't know if that is true or not but some say it is? I know wood ash is great for trees, so I think it would be good for everything else also?

    But I am a person who uses a little magnesium sulphate and potassium sulphate in my garden when watering but at the same time my soil is full of lime and I haven't a clue about its ph but it seems to help. But I do more experimenting in my garden than I should but it keeps me busy...

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  • ninnin Posts: 216

    Magnesium , potassium i read these words all the time this plant needs magnesium that needs potassium but no one ever says this food is good for x veg as it has magnesium or potassium. I think this is where my confusion started and my brain went blank whilst my eyes glazed over.

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