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It is good to be reminded to feed the plants in the garden especially the ones in pots as they can't fend for themselves, when we've trapped them in pots.


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  • It is most important to feed plants in borders and pots as Kay Curtis mentioned in her comment back in March. I use either chicken pellets or growmore and a watering of tomato food to plants when in bud once a week.
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    How often can you feed ? I believe I read you should not over feed and I have no experience so am nervous of doing this. Also is wood ash high in potash fertiliser ? Can I use bonfire ash to feed plants. Is tomato fertiliser ok for all fruit and veg and also for flowers ?

  • I have a large tub of nettles in water to use as fertiliser, from last year. It looks very strong. Can anyone tell me the correct dilution to use it please?
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  • i have two 5ft. acers in large pots which lost a large amount of their leaves at the same time, the remainder of them seem ok although a a bit brown they are in ericasous compost they are watered regularly but still appear one degree under, any ideas what to do to liven them up?
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