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Dilly3Dilly3 Posts: 91

I've  got 2 pots  chicken manure pellets and a box of  blood, fish and bone, if I put both on the garden will I be over doing it? 

I have some roses, shrubs and plants that come up every year and also a short row of privet. Would it be better to put the pellets on any bare soil and dig it in and save the bfb to sprinkle round the shrubs?


  • hogweedhogweed Posts: 4,053

    No idea how big your pots of pellets are or the size of your garden. There will be instructions on the packaging of the rate to use. I use a good handful of pellets over about a sq metre once a year. I reckon I am underfeeding. 

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  • Dilly3Dilly3 Posts: 91

    Thanks very much for all the replies.

    The chicken pellets were 7k for £5.99  and I have put about 10k on the garden today as the weather was good and I did hoe it in after so hopefully it will improve the soil. 

    I will use the blood fish and bone another time, I shall probably put some round the roses. 

    I know a bit about gardening as I've been enjoying doing  it for more than 40 years but there is always room for more knowledge.  

  • StevedaylillyStevedaylilly Posts: 1,087

    I agree with Verdun 

    Some plants enjoy and good feeding regime others less. To much could mean poor petformance in flower and more green foliage. All plants are different and its best to research the Internet to acquire the information on feeding regimes. Remember, the price of plants at most GC are extortionent so why jepodise there health by under or over feeding then

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 52,045

    I find it best to feed the soil, rather than individual plants, with the additon of plenty of compost and well rotted manure, then I can simply use a general feed in spring (B,F&B) and some tomato food for the heavy flowering plants like clematis. Every time I plant something new, or move a plant, it gets plenty of compost in the hole. Over time, it improves the soil and it's structure.

    It's definitely the best long term solution. image

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