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What type of fertilizer?

Last post 07-04-2015 9:07 AM by Backache. 46 replies.

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  • 15/02/2015 08:02 PM
    • boylie
    • Woodbridge
    • 27 Apr 2013
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    Hi I have a some raised beds in which I grow vegetables (beetroot, strawberries, spinach, courgette, peas and beans) and I want to add some fertilizer to help improve the soil and hopefully result in better vegetables. However I'm not sure what sort of fertilizer I should use and which is best for vegetables - Chicken Pellets, Fish blood, Bone meal, Growmore etc. I have added some rotted horse manure to the soil already. What would be best? Thanks

  • 15/02/2015 08:55 PM
    • Backache
    • W. Kent
    • 31 Dec 2012
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    I know that if you ask 50 gardeners the same question you will get 55 different answers but I swear by Vitax Q4

  • 16/02/2015 10:24 AM
    • kaydee
    • Perthshire
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    Yes, agreed. Vital Q4 beyond doubt. The powder is better than the pellets. Best K

  • 16/02/2015 01:30 PM
    • boylie
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    thanks for the tip. Any advise on where to buy to get the best price?

  • 16/02/2015 03:04 PM
    • Backache
    • W. Kent
    • 31 Dec 2012
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    Absolutely agree Kaydee, the powder with the blue fleck is better but is becoming increasingly difficult to get hold of. It used to be readily available in 20kg sacks but recently I have only been able to buy it in 10 kg tubs with a horrible wire handle which cuts into my fingers if carried any distance. The brown pellets are widely available in a range of smaller size cartons in every garden centre in my area so, Boylie, I doubt whether you will have much trouble to obtain it locally. Good luck!

  • 16/02/2015 05:26 PM
    • poppikin
    • Glorious Surrey
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    Backache and Kaydee.

    Can it be used in pots please?

    Much of my stuff is grown in pots and troughs and my veggie in containers.
    poppikin

  • 16/02/2015 05:28 PM
    • kaydee
    • Perthshire
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    I paid £28.99 for my 10Kilo tub at the local garden centre last week. I just grabbed it when I saw it as they haven't had it for a couple of years. It will probably last me at least two years. Try asking at yours if they will order for you. K

  • 16/02/2015 05:31 PM
    • kaydee
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    I haven't tried it in pots but can't see why not. If you mix it into the compost thoroughly first. Best K

  • 16/02/2015 06:30 PM
    • Backache
    • W. Kent
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    I have used it successfully in many pots. Just stick to the manufactures recommendation for application rates. In my opinion a great plus for this product is that it does contain some trace elements. Always very beneficial.

  • 16/02/2015 10:34 PM
    • GROWMORE
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     Oh dear! Is this where perhaps friendships are broken, lost perhaps for ever?

     

    Sorry folks.  I tend to think, otherwise. 

    Growmore.
  • 17/02/2015 04:01 PM
    • boylie
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    Hi Growmore I would be interested in your views also. What do you believe I should be using?

  • 18/02/2015 07:47 AM
    • Nell
    • Mid Wales
    • 19 Mar 2013
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    I used homemade compost with some Growmore (no not Mike!) added in my raised bed .... that did well for me. I also moved things around so that the nitrogen fixing beans were grown in different places from one year to the next. Cheers

  • 18/02/2015 10:14 PM
    • GROWMORE
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     Humble apoogies. I was thinking of something else.

     

    Yes Vitax Q4 is suitable for pots.  For years it has been used for fuchsia growing.  Once again.  Sorry. 

    Growmore.
  • 19/02/2015 03:48 AM
    • poppikin
    • Glorious Surrey
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    Sorry Growmore. Boylie was asking you about their raised beds and asked for your views on what you believed they should be using. I confused the issue by asking about pots. poppikin

  • 23/02/2015 05:36 PM
    • poppikin
    • Glorious Surrey
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    I had never heard of Vitax Q4 but on the recommendations here I decided to try some.

     

    I asked about the blue flecks Backache mentioned and was told they are in the 10Kg tub with the horrid wire handle.  The tub picture says it is compost based so I assumed it is powder but the narrative I was given seems to be saying pellets. Which is it please and does it have blue flecks?

     

    The 20Kg sack I was told is just grey powder with no flecks but the picture on the sack saying ”Q4 Professional The Growers Choice” is the same as on the tub.

     

    I would like some help please.

     

    poppikin