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15/02/2014 at 13:43

I have noticed a lot of people mention that they use blood fish and bone. Could someone tell me what are the benefits of it? and when and how to use it please? I confess I have never used it because I was led to believe it attracted cats because of the 'fish' element, is this just a myth? 


15/02/2014 at 13:56

It's a well-balanced, natural, slow-release fertilizer which is very gentle and doesn't burn the foliage or roots of plants like some of the chemical fertilizers do and it's relatively cheap.  What's not to like really?

It can indeed cause foxes and other carnivores/omnivores to dig the soil up where it is used though - I think they believe there is carrion buried in the area.  However, I don't see much of that at all here and lots of the aforementioned animals regularly visit my garden.


15/02/2014 at 14:31

I use it and 'tickle' it into the ground with a hoe or rake - rain soon dissolves it and it loses any smell - we get the occasional visit from the neighbours' cats but there's no difference in the number of cats or visits whether I've used FB&B recently or not. 

15/02/2014 at 15:11

all the dogs/cats/foxes love anything of animal origin. My neighbour's dog used to come over and eat from bags of 6X chicken manure.

15/02/2014 at 15:44

It is indeed good for most plants but do watch if you have a dog.It may be obvious that dogs like bones but it is poison to them in this form and besides which you will find your garden dug up.

15/02/2014 at 15:48

Thankyou all for your replies, may I ask when would be a good time to start using FB and B? and is it o.k to use around all garden plants and with all soil types? Mine is chalk.

15/02/2014 at 15:50

I've never found it a problem to scatter it on the soil and as I've said 'tickle' it in with a hoe or rake and water it in or let the rain do it.

 I've had many dogs in the past and they've never been interested in the flower beds when I've used it - I only use a light sprinkling and ensure it's watered in - and I've kept notoriously greedy labradors amongst other breeds.  

Of course, it's important that quantities should be stored in a dog-proof/vermin proof container in a locked shed - as with all fertilisers. 

15/02/2014 at 15:51

In drier weather  and I think most soils are ok  and certainly plants get a boost.


15/02/2014 at 17:48

I use BFB at the beginning of a season, either scattered around perennials or shrubs and then tickled in, or as 100g per sq metre in the veg patch and forked in before planting or sowing seed.

Blood is fast acting source of Nitrogen and promotes leafy growth early in the season.

Fishmeal is medium acting and feeds through the season. The bonemeal is long acting/slow at breaking down, and helps root growth for older plants.

15/02/2014 at 18:38

Fish blood amd bone is a well balanced organic fertiliser with plenty of trace elements.  Useful for most everything I think.  I feel it is best one to use. 

For a time a few years back I had problems with foxes digging after I applied fish blood and bone but now not so much.  However a friend of mine has 5 to 6 acres of open ground with lots of foxes, rabbits and badgers calling.  We have agreed it best not to use fish blood and bone because it does create problems.  In her case, pelleted chicken manure seems a better option.

As with all fertilisers it's best to "tickle" dove said......into the soil rather than spread on the surface 

16/02/2014 at 10:34

Meomye - Sometimes I think to decide what is the best fertilizers to use for a specific purpose, it pays to know what it consists of.

Blood fish & bone has an NPK rating of 5-5-6.....meaning it has 5% nitrogen (for leaf growth) 5% phosphates (for root growth) and 6% potash (for flower growth).

 Which is really why it's known as a balanced fertilizer.

17/02/2014 at 09:44

Thanks for the advice, I will get 'tickling'   when the weather is a bit more settled.

17/02/2014 at 10:39

Ideal weather for a bit of tickling.

17/02/2014 at 11:49

Yes, I tickled it in around my fruit bushes at the weekend,  and my Jack Russels have found it very interested sniffing around everything I scattered it around. They haven't dug anything up though and I've not seen any cats.

22/02/2014 at 08:54
What is "tickling" in this context?!
22/02/2014 at 08:56

Gentle disturbance of the top layer of the soil with a hoe or rake, just to incorporate the FB&B with the soil rather than leaving it resting on the surface. 

Also good for dealing with tiny sprouting weed seeds.

22/02/2014 at 18:27
Ah right lovely thx ????
22/02/2014 at 20:20

thanks for this, I was wondering the same thing too.

22/02/2014 at 23:44
Have just noticed I added a row of question marks at the end of my last post I have no idea why !!!
23/02/2014 at 10:10

Hi Pam, i wouldn't worry about it; it happens to some people, I find the sight easier to use at home on my Mac than at work on the old Windows XP. it depends what system and browser you're using I think.

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