It really pays to have a season-by-season approach to feeding. For example, in spring and summer quick-fix liquid feeds work really well. They get straight to the plants’ roots to be taken up and instantly be made use of. But what about feeding in autumn and winter?
We wouldn’t recommend applying liquid or quick-release feeds now, as they will be leached through the soil thanks to autumn and winter rain. However, you can feed plants with chicken manure pellets. Chicken Manure Pellets are a brilliant, non-chemical fertiliser.
The pellets are an ideal way to enrich and condition soils that can be used all around the garden for planting and feeding established plants
- Rich in organic matter
- Breaks down slowly into the soil releasing their nutrients
- 100% natural
- Releases nutrients slowly
- Feeds for 3 months
Our Organic Chicken Manure Pellets are ideal for improving soil as well as feeding of established plants. It provides a useful source of nitrogen (N) for plants, and also contains smaller amounts of other important nutrients. Nitrogen, however, is responsible for leaf and stem growth, and is vital to nearly all plants in the early stages of growth. If you decide to plant trees, shrubs and perennials this autumn (this is best time of year to plant), you could also place of these chicken manure pellets in the planting holes. Then, about three or four weeks after planting you can sprinkle some around the new plants, and water them in. They’ll release the nitrogen slowly all through the winter.
The pellets are also good for leaf crops (lettuce, cabbage, spinach and so on).
The other two essential plant nutrients are: phosphorus (P, usually referred to as phosphate), responsible for root growth; and potassium (K, usually known as potash), for flower and fruit production. Good amounts of both of them are available in chicken pellets.
The best way to apply the pellets is to sprinkle up to six handfuls per square metre around the plants you want to feed. For bedding plants and young vegetables, just keep to one or two handfuls, but up to six handfuls for trees and shrubs. Work the pellets well into the soil, and apply plenty of water immediately afterwards, to start the nutrient release process.