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I layered chick poo, cow poo, bloodnbones, could I sow seeds and small plants in this layers soil straightaway

I am not trained gardener, but plant as a hobby or in spare time. Last year, sowed seeds from fresh tomatoes and at start got lots of large healthy tomatoes then got lots of problems, like bottom rot, flying insects, worms and once I take off ripe tomato, even if none of these problems existed, that particular branch starts drying / dying. Whether in pot or in the front garden. Now I am not working so have all the time and bought and layered all three 1) chick poo manure, 2)cow manure, 3) bloodnbones, could I sow seeds and small plants in this layers soil straight away, after I had dug this soil and layered. or should I wait for few days. What is the right process? Water after planting these plants or seeds? or before?

Which of these above 3 is acidic or alkaline? Could each of the vegies be mixed next to each other?

I have bought plants of eggplant big and long, tomatoes 3 types (sweet treat), chillies 3 types, spinach, cucumber, luttuce, dwarf beens, red capsicum and some seeds for peas, shallots, mixed hot chilly, parsley, corrinder. Which of these 3 types of manures or could all 3 of these manures could layerd and all the above plants be potted. If all these will work then I will grow more. Also bought some spring colored flowers, could vege area be mixed with flowers?

Submitted: 07:28PM, 04 Sep 2011
Answer: Dear Namrata,

You sound like you are all set to have a very productive vegetable garden this year. The chicken manure, cow manure and blood & bone are excellent organic materials to incorporate into your soil. You will need to make sure that the chicken & cow manure is well rotted and aged before mixing it in with your soil and then planting later. You would not sow seed directly into straight manure. It needs to be mixed in with the existing soil.

You will need to check the pH of your soil. A good pH for growing vegetable is between 6 – 7. You may need to add some dolomite lime to your soil if it is too acidic. Tomatoes will benefit from the addition of lime and magnesium. This will help to prevent them suffering from a condition called blossom end rot (sunken black areas on the bottom of the fruit) Most of your vegetables will enjoy a pH that is more on the acidic side rather than alkaline. Seeds can be sown into a seed raising tray or sown directly into the soil. All root crops are best sown directly into the soil to avoid root disturbance. Keep your young seedlings growing strongly by fertilising half strength with Thrive Soluble fertiliser.

Pests can be a problem in the home garden. Yates have a number of pesticides That will control most pests that you will encounter in your vegetable patch and garden.
Success Naturalyte is an excellent product that will control of wide range of caterpillars.
Tomato & Vegetable Dust is a ready to use product that kills & controls most insects as well as containing a fungicide that will control diseases such as powdery mildew,downy mildew, rust, target spot and other leaf spot diseases.
I have attached a link from the Yates website on growing a vegetable garden which I trust you will find interesting.
http://www.yates.com.au/vegetables

Answered: 03:39PM, 05 Sep 2011

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