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Mr O



Joined: 13 Feb 2005
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 30, 13 7:56 pm    Post subject: Blood meal / dried blood Reply with quote
    

Does anyone use it as an organic fertilizer?

Greenfoot



Joined: 04 Dec 2007
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Location: The veggie plot or getting stones
PostPosted: Tue Jul 30, 13 8:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

We use fish blood and bone mixture as a top dressing in winter and spring.

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Wed Jul 31, 13 6:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Blood, fish and bone used to be used a lot. We had a dustbin full of it for sale at gardening club years ago.

oldish chris



Joined: 14 Jun 2006
Posts: 4148
Location: Comfortably Wet Southport
PostPosted: Fri Aug 02, 13 4:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Fish, Blood & Bone: it is very widely used in the UK, virtually all retailers of gardening sundries stock it, horticultural wholesalers sell it in 25 kilo bags.

I use it as a top dressing and also to rejuvenate potting compost.

It is considered to be a "balanced" fertiliser, with similar quantities of N, P and K.

dpack



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 02, 13 9:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

ace stuff especially if used to activate a compost heap

Shan



Joined: 13 Jan 2009
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 03, 13 7:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Yes, brilliant stuff. I always dig in a good handful before planting. I also dig in the veg beds before planting veg out each year.

Treacodactyl
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 03, 13 7:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

I've avoided using it as it's known to encourage foxes to dig and we had a problem with foxes digging up newly planted plants.

Shan



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PostPosted: Sat Aug 03, 13 8:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

We are fortunate enough not to have that problem but a friend of ours has a slightly different problem. Her chickens have access to her garden and have dug up anything with fish, blood & bones in it. She has had to stop using it.

oldish chris



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PostPosted: Sat Aug 03, 13 6:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Treacodactyl wrote:
I've avoided using it as it's known to encourage foxes to dig and we had a problem with foxes digging up newly planted plants.
had a similar problem with cats. My brilliant seed bed made a perfect loo. Next time I made two seed beds. One with seeds in, and the other with F,B & B.

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