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I'm a newbie and no nothing about plant feed. Is there a multipurpose feed for all plants or do some need special stuff? Which feed do you recommend and do you have any tips on using it? Thanks!
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  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 20,545
    Are we talking about plants in the garden or plants in the house? Plants in the garden soil or plants in pots?
    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
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  • Plants in garden soil and in pots outside.
  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 20,545

    If you don't have a compost heap then you can sprinkle a slow release fertiliser around the plants, both in the soil and in pots.

    http://www.which.co.uk/home-and-garden/garden/reviews-ns/slow-release-fertilisers/best-buy-slow-release-fertilisers/

    If you have some home made compost, use that on the flowerbeds and the fertiliser pellets in the pots.

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 20,564

    For hanging baskets, tubs window boxes, I use  Tomorite, and for tomatoes.

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • I'm no expert but I've just put down a layer of chicken manure pellets on my beds. It whiffed a bit for a day or two but the smell has gone, and it seems to have kept the cats off too.

    I bougth the big tub £9.99 from Homebase.

  • I'm no expert but I've just layed down some chicken manure pellets from Homebase. £9.99 for a big tub. They get great reviews. The smell was a bit off putting for a day or too but after watering in it's gone. It's kept the cats off the beds too.

     

  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 20,564

    There's not a great deal of food value in chicken pellets but it's a good soil improver, as your home made compost is.

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • Thanks Lyn. Would I be better off with fish and bone meal?

  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 20,564

    Do you really need to feed your soil, if it's in good condition, it will replenish itself, I don't usually feed the borders, but maybe I will put a bit of bone meal around this year. I usually just make a lot of compost through the year and put that on, the soil knows what it needs and will compensate. 

    When we dug out a row of old coinfers, all I put on the soil then was the chicken pellets, nothing else, the plants all grew very well, sometimes there a bit too much feeding of soil than it really needs.

    having said that, there are a lot of people on here that will say otherwise and feed with fish blood and bone, or bonemeal every year.

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

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