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Post by gunners71uk on 4th January 2015, 12:36 pm

hi cannot always get manure can i use stuff like grow organic 6x chicken pellets instead please

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Post by Dandelion on 4th January 2015, 12:56 pm

Hi Gunners - I don't have access to manure where I am, but I use home made compost, and chicken pellets too. Chicken pellets are high in Nitrogen, so they're good for anything leafy like brassicas. I also use Blood Fish and Bone as an all-purpose feed at the beginning of the growing season, around fruit bushes and where i am planning to plant other veg. It's slow release so theroretically should last for a few months.
The one thing which I would think manure does as well as feed is improve the soil structure - are you on clay? Something organic such as compost would help there. Our local authority sells 'soil improver' at the local tip at a very cheap price, which is good for adding body to the soil.

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Post by gunners71uk on 4th January 2015, 1:37 pm

the soil is loamy its just people go on about manure lol grow organic or 6x i hear is good i dont have any compost at moment but i thought i put blood fish bone in my potatoe trenches what do you think ?

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Post by Chilli-head on 4th January 2015, 2:00 pm

I have been reading John Seymour's "The self sufficient gardener" recently. He describes the mistake of trying to be organic by not adding fertiliser, but failing to add anything else either - which is doomed since nothing can grow from nothing.

So you need to add something to make up for what you remove in the crops you take. For potatoes, it is traditional to use a trench of manure or compost. This gives fertility (potatoes are fairly greedy) but also retains moisture and helps make the soil more acid, reducing scab problems. But having said that - one year I needed to plant my earlies with a broken wrist. I just dug holes with a trowel (left handed !), dropped them in. Then I rraked in chicken pellets. They did just fine.
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Post by Dandelion on 4th January 2015, 3:28 pm

That really must be the definition of a determined gardener - one who plants potatoes with a broken wrist!

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