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Secret Squirrel

just thinking, last year I got myself in a right tiz because I lost track of who got fed and how often. To keep it simple this year, I'm thinking of doing a blanket feed once a fortnight. Is this the right amount? What do others do?

There will be a variety of Annuals grown this year 

Do you mean bedding annuals? In pots or in the ground?

Dovefromabove

It depends on which annuals - some need more than others, some need none.  Which annuals are you planning to grow?

fidgetbones

I feed the soil once (with blood fish and bone) when I plant them. Then I leave them alone.

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Secret Squirrel

Hi I know it was kind of a open ending question. I want to grow in pots, snapdragons, dwarf dahlias, dianthus and swan river daisies.

just listened to GQT and they were talking about liquid seaweed to perk up leaf growth. Has anyone tried this?

CluelessGardener

I found that dahlias are quite greedy on water in pots so I would assume they would need quite a lot of feed but different feeds at different growing times

not sure about the rest but I always add BF&B Tto my pots when I'm potting up and a sprinkle of grow more GP fertilizer

Clueless

CluelessGardener

I really think it's important to look at your compost in your pot when it comes to watering them some pots will need water because of location,plant and size of plant so they same can be said for the fertilizer what I do is use a coloured marker  and add that colour to my calendar

Clueless

In containers I liquid feed with seaweed extract once a week.  Not too strong ...little less than recommended.

In the ground .....well I don't really grow annualsstop much in the ground preferring perennials....I would apply fish blood amd bone at planting time and that would be it.

Secret Squirrel
CluelessGardener wrote (see)

I really think it's important to look at your compost in your pot when it comes to watering them some pots will need water because of location,plant and size of plant so they same can be said for the fertilizer what I do is use a coloured marker  and add that colour to my calendar

Clueless

I like this idea Clueless, I'm a visual person and like colour reminders 

Dovefromabove

Mark, not that it really matters if you're using them as bedding to be discarded at the end of the summer,  but the plants you're growing aren't annuals - I'm fairly sure that snapdragons are biennials and the rest are perennials. 

Secret Squirrel

Oh right, thanks for that news Dove. I'll get the hang of this gardening lark even if it kills me

Elusive

I have to agree with Mike to a certain extent. 

I do feed the garden myself with liquid fertilizers, but not religiously.

Plants are made of tough stuff and will grow and try and produce flowers without much help.

I find being too kind with a plant tends to make it worse, from experience the ones I leave alone tend to fair better.

fidgetbones

Feeding depends on the state of the soil to a great extent. Where i have sandy soil, the nutrients get washed out and it need fresh feed each year.  Clay patches get a lot of compost to lighten it and I only add the feed when I plant perennials, then I leave it to get on with it.

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