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    Quote Originally Posted by NOG View Post
    I would not use Growmore as it takes too long to release I would use peleted chicken manure....add a couple of handfulls to a bucket of water and mix it up and use that.

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    Growmore and pelleted chicken manure are both slow release if scattered as pellets.

    You can dissolve Growmore just like chicken manure pellets if you want a liquid feed.

    However, chicken manure pellets are very high in nitrogen (which gives lots of leaf) and very low in potassium (which would give fruit if there was any). Growmore has an even balance of nitrogen and potassium. Tomato feed is high in potassium for fruits.

    Chicken manure pellets are very high in acid so are good for ericaceous plants
    but not for plants that like a neutral soil.

    Chicken manure pellets come from battery hens (unless the tub states otherwise - which probably cost more) and I refuse to support this industry by buying them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LizyDrippin View Post
    On the pumpkin theme

    Should I put anything under them to "cushion" them, and if I do what should it be?

    I have a couple of crown prince and a squashkin

    They've taken over a whole bed near enough (16x4 feet) they look great, with the sweetcorn and the beans rising above them
    Ooooh a squashkin, I tried some of those from Marshalls but 3 didnt even germinate and the other 2 didnt make it I'd be interested to know how yours are getting on, might try again next year - although the seeds were quite expensive. good luck

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    I try to feed my pumpkins at planting time, a huge hole with compost and BFB in it, I suppose tomato feed would be your best bet at this time of year.

    As for cushioning them, we save those bits of polystyrene which come packed around things and use those. It's the only way I've ever found to recycle the stuff.
    Into each life some rain must fall........but this is getting ridiculous.

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    I took over an allotment with a raised bed that needed filling - I filled it with guniea pig waste (newspapers, half eaten carrots and you can imagine the rest!) taken from a a lady that breeds guinea pigs nearby. I then chucked a few inches of top soil on top, coverd with plastic and then have grown pumkins through the plastic. I put a mound of compost with chicken manure on top of all this under the plastic and planted the pumpkins into this. I'm growing 'hundredweight' and they are going great guns. One pumkin is size of Frank Sidebottom's head!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by stupot View Post
    I'm growing 'hundredweight' and they are going great guns. One pumkin is size of Frank Sidebottom's head!!!
    Who's Frank Sidebottom and what size is his head?

    (Just trying to get the picture).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Magiccat1978 View Post
    Ooooh a squashkin, I tried some of those from Marshalls but 3 didnt even germinate and the other 2 didnt make it I'd be interested to know how yours are getting on, might try again next year - although the seeds were quite expensive. good luck
    I planted two seeds both came up bit one died quite quickly, the other one is in the bed. It is a lot smaller (ie not as long and much bushier than the crown prince) only just getting flowers on it although some do look like females so here's hoping

    I love growing squash/pumpkins such a huge plant from such a little seed gets me every time, and searching under the leaves to see the first tiny fruits, it's one of my favourite things gardening wise


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    I've fed my one pumpkin plant with
    nettle/borage mix - occasionally
    dandelion/borage mix - occasionally
    organic seeweed feed - occasionally
    leftover wine / elderflowers from making elderflower cordial / leftover cider - once each (all well diluted)
    homemade compost soaked in water and watered in - occasionally


    You can see the plant has got a mixed diet - mostly though, it's been left alone as we've had plenty rainwater, and seems to be doing fine.
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    for supporting the pumpkins we made a 'raft' out of empty 2ltr pop bottles with the lids on, in a triangle shape, they're supporting some pretty big pumpkins without any problems and the rain (which we've had a lot of) just runs of them so they are not sat in water
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