Which fertiliser is best?

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Which fertiliser is best?
« on: July 08, 2011, 08:51 »
Just reading another thread and a comment was made about Fertilisers.

I agree with the comment, but which is best Growmore (artificial fertilisers) or BFB (organic fertiliser).

Neither add to the structure of the soil they only feed the plant.
If this is the case what is the problem with Growmore? (not that im saying there is one)
Has it been proven safe for use? (or is it one of those things that will be removed from use in years to come?)

I personally use BFB as well as manure and compost but only because it's Organic.
Im wondering if i would be better using growmore instead as it's cheaper and more balanced?

Any thoughts guys?



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Re: Which is best?
« Reply #1 on: July 08, 2011, 09:06 »
John explains it all on these pages  ;)
http://www.allotment-garden.org/fertilizer/index.php link to natural ferlisers at the bottom of the page :)

Balance wise they are very similar:
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Fish, blood & bone runs at 6-6-6 whereas Growmore is 7-7-7. Cost is around 15% more than Growmore.
Growmore has been in use since the war, so has stood the test of time............but it is not organic. Simple as that  :D
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Re: Which is best?
« Reply #2 on: July 08, 2011, 09:08 »
It's that ill-defined and often misused word organic again!!!  :ohmy:

BFB is organic in that it contains carbon from the animal products used to make it, but it is also very likely to contain commercially-fished sand eels, which is quite apart from any views you may have (positive or negative) about using the by-products of the meat industry.

Growmore is a balanced fertiliser but is not chemically organic (no carbon) and is manufactured from mineral and other resources which are mainly (but not entirely) non-renewable.

Dried chicken manure is chemically "organic" and probably the most renewable of the general purpose fertilisers, but of course the vast majority of it comes from commercial poultry farms!

You choose! (I don't use BFB simply because the local foxes dig holes in my garden looking for the "prize" which of course isn't there, but I do use the other two in conjunction with as much home-made compost as I can produce.)
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Re: Which fertiliser is best?
« Reply #3 on: July 08, 2011, 09:17 »
Over the last year or two I've learned to be much more careful with all these fertilisers. I know the packet always says avoid direct contact with the plant, but it's not always easy to do that when plants are bigger and planted close together. But last year I splashed tomato fertiliser on some dwarf French beans, which killed two plants and several leaves on other nearby plants. This year I managed to get some BFB on the leaves of my squash and courgette plants, and again had several leaves on both wither and die because of it.

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Re: Which fertiliser is best?
« Reply #4 on: July 08, 2011, 09:22 »
So BFB and Growmore are as good/bad as each other in terms of feeding the plants.

BFB is used at the detriment of nature (sand eels, chicken/egg production (etc)) and Growmore is used at the detriment of? (nature) none renuable sources))  :wacko:

But as BFB it from natural sources it's classified ok for Organic use.

Well like i said i use BFB and will keep using it now i know it's as good as Growmore, as it's a natural product.

But it is a dilema.  ::)


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Re: Which fertiliser is best?
« Reply #5 on: July 08, 2011, 09:24 »
Imo there isn't a best one. Oh, and I'm not organic.

I use a range of balanced methods.

Growmore & pellets to give plants a slow release feed over time.

Green manures to cover the beds in winter.

Homemade compost and manure (thats bean checked) to cover beds.

Potassium sulphate and sulphate ammonia to the plants that require it at the start or, to help them out.



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Re: Which is best?
« Reply #6 on: July 08, 2011, 09:47 »
It's that ill-defined and often misused word organic again!!!  :ohmy:

BFB is organic in that it contains carbon from the animal products used to make it, but it is also very likely to contain commercially-fished sand eels, which is quite apart from any views you may have (positive or negative) about using the by-products of the meat industry.

Growmore is a balanced fertiliser but is not chemically organic (no carbon) and is manufactured from mineral and other resources which are mainly (but not entirely) non-renewable.

Dried chicken manure is chemically "organic" and probably the most renewable of the general purpose fertilisers, but of course the vast majority of it comes from commercial poultry farms!

You choose! (I don't use BFB simply because the local foxes dig holes in my garden looking for the "prize" which of course isn't there, but I do use the other two in conjunction with as much home-made compost as I can produce.)

Flipping foxes again!
I find they are partial to "hunt the chickens" even when I use just pelleted chicken manure.

In fact our local pack (collective noun for a very large number of foxes? den? horde? plague?) enjoy digging through the compost too no matter whether its on the ground in the open or still in the compost heap.

I'd vote for "dried fur and fox-tail" as the best! It might stop my crops from being jumped on, dug up or snapped.
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Re: Which fertiliser is best?
« Reply #7 on: July 08, 2011, 10:08 »
That would be a renewable resource too, especially round here right now  :lol: :lol:
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Re: Which fertiliser is best?
« Reply #8 on: July 09, 2011, 16:44 »
That would be a renewable resource too, especially round here right now  :lol: :lol:

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Re: Which fertiliser is best?
« Reply #9 on: July 09, 2011, 18:10 »
Perhaps you are about to make your fortune, Learner  :D :D :D

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Re: Which fertiliser is best?
« Reply #10 on: July 11, 2011, 05:30 »
Perhaps you are about to make your fortune, Learner  :D :D :D

Not round here that's for sure. Local allotment moves to reduce the fox population met with objection = "poor foxes" so we will have to live with them rather than plant with them.  ::)  :tongue2:



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