A Homemade Life
Welcome to Homemade Life.

To take full advantage of everything offered by our forum, please log in if you are already a member or join our community if not ....

Chilli-head
Who is online?
In total there are 3 users online :: 0 Registered, 0 Hidden and 3 Guests :: 1 Bot

None

Most users ever online was 62 on 10th April 2015, 8:24 am
Latest topics
» What are you harvesting today?
by FloBear Today at 11:19 am

» Insect hotel
by Ploshkin Today at 7:29 am

» What are you preserving today?
by FloBear Yesterday at 8:19 pm

» Hugelkultur
by Chilli-head 26th June 2017, 8:08 pm

» Heat in the June garden
by Chilli-head 24th June 2017, 11:23 am

» What are you reading now?
by Dandelion 18th June 2017, 7:41 pm

» Bees Behaving Badly
by Dandelion 2nd June 2017, 5:52 pm

» Compost - question and answer thread
by FloBear 1st June 2017, 9:40 am

» The May garden - catch up time !
by Dandelion 30th May 2017, 11:18 pm

» What have I done in the workshop today?
by Chilli-head 30th May 2017, 4:01 pm

» This year's challenge
by Chilli-head 30th May 2017, 3:51 pm

» National Mills weekend
by Chilli-head 9th May 2017, 10:33 am

» No-dig gardening & weed control
by Ploshkin 5th May 2017, 11:06 pm

» April - busiest month of the gardeners year ?
by freebird 29th April 2017, 5:34 pm

» Amazing Hotels
by Dandelion 17th April 2017, 3:49 pm

» The art of enough
by Dandelion 13th April 2017, 11:04 am

» The Repair Shop
by FloBear 6th April 2017, 9:10 am

» Knitting in the round
by Ploshkin 2nd April 2017, 6:12 pm

» Marching into the spring garden
by Chilli-head 30th March 2017, 8:22 pm

» Birdbox cam
by Chilli-head 15th March 2017, 4:04 pm

Statistics
We have 631 registered users
The newest registered user is BrendaP

Our users have posted a total of 44353 messages in 2304 subjects
HML on FaceBook
RSS feeds



Donate to our Charity
The Homemade life supports Kiva - microloans for people in developing countries working to change their lives.  These loans are repaid to our KIVA account, so your donation is used many times to help different people - literally the gift that keeps on giving..

cant get manure is chicken pellets ok

View previous topic View next topic Go down

default cant get manure is chicken pellets ok

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

gunners71uk

Posts : 113
Join date : 2009-11-16
Age : 54
Location : worksop

Back to top Go down

default Re: cant get manure is chicken pellets ok

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.

................................................................................................................................
The richer we have become materially, the poorer we have become morally and spiritually. We have learned to fly in the air like birds and swim in the sea like fish, but we have not learned the simple art of living together as brothers and sisters.

-Martin Luther King, Jr.
avatar
Dandelion
Admin

Posts : 4450
Join date : 2010-01-17
Age : 60
Location : Ledbury, Herefordshire

Back to top Go down

default Re: cant get manure is chicken pellets ok

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 ?

gunners71uk

Posts : 113
Join date : 2009-11-16
Age : 54
Location : worksop

Back to top Go down

default Re: cant get manure is chicken pellets ok

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.
avatar
Chilli-head
Admin and Boss man

Posts : 2277
Join date : 2010-02-23
Location : Bedfordshire

Back to top Go down

default Re: cant get manure is chicken pellets ok

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!

................................................................................................................................
The richer we have become materially, the poorer we have become morally and spiritually. We have learned to fly in the air like birds and swim in the sea like fish, but we have not learned the simple art of living together as brothers and sisters.

-Martin Luther King, Jr.
avatar
Dandelion
Admin

Posts : 4450
Join date : 2010-01-17
Age : 60
Location : Ledbury, Herefordshire

Back to top Go down

default Re: cant get manure is chicken pellets ok

Post by Sponsored content


Sponsored content


Back to top Go down

View previous topic View next topic Back to top

- Similar topics

 
Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum