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An important point in the fertilization of vegetable crops is the use of chicken manure for cucumbers in the greenhouse as a top dressing. This is a great way to activate biological processes in the soil and provide plants with valuable substances.
Natural fast-acting remedy
It is necessary to feed the cucumbers growing in the greenhouse several times during the entire growing season. In this case, it is necessary to be extremely careful and careful so as not to overfeed the plants and not disrupt their growth. Cucumbers do not like a lot of chemical and organic fertilizing. They need to be introduced in small doses and within strictly defined terms.
Among the variety of types of poultry droppings used in greenhouses, chicken is in the first place. Even in spite of the fact that the litter has a number of disadvantages (high toxicity, unpleasant odor, inability to use it fresh), it can be called a real storehouse of useful substances so necessary for the normal growth of plants. It contains a large amount of potassium, magnesium, nitrogen. And in terms of the amount of phosphorus, droppings are 3 times higher than any other type of manure.
Thanks to its use, vegetable growers manage to obtain large yields of all crops grown.
It is also very important that useful substances from the dung are released gradually, slowly absorbed into the soil and retaining their "influence" on it for 2-3 years. This effect cannot be achieved with any type of fertilizer.
When growing cucumbers, the first feeding is carried out before flowering plants at the stage of 2-3 leaves. The next feeding can be carried out no earlier than in 14 days. It is in its composition that there should be chicken droppings, which will spur the growth of the plant, activate the formation of ovaries. A properly prepared mixture will keep the number of barren flowers to a minimum.
Important! It is not recommended to use fresh droppings, otherwise you can seriously harm the plant root system. This is due to the large amount of uric acids in the manure composition.
Fresh, it is used to make a liquid mixture at the rate of 1 part of manure (1 kg) per 20 liters of water. The resulting solution is aged for 10 days and used for shedding row spacings. You cannot pour this solution under the roots. Top dressing is applied only after abundant watering. During work, care must be taken so that the mixture does not fall on the cucumber leaves. If this did happen, then it must be washed off.
One of the options for making good top dressing is composting. In addition to droppings, you will need peat, straw or sawdust. The ingredients are stacked in layers. Each layer should not be higher than 20-30 cm. To speed up the compost preparation process, the resulting slide can be covered with plastic wrap. This will allow the temperature to rise and eliminate unpleasant odors.
This method makes it possible to prepare quality material for fertilizing cucumbers and other plants in greenhouses.
Infusion from rotted chicken manure is very popular with vegetable growers, as it gives quick results. It is not difficult to prepare it. Overripe manure is poured with water, mixed and left for 2-3 days. The mixture that will be used for watering cucumbers should have the color of a weak tea. If the solution turns out to be more saturated, then you just need to dilute it with water.
If it is not possible to get a fresh product of the vital activity of chickens, then for feeding cucumbers you can use a ready-made fraction, which is easy to find in specialized retail outlets. This is natural hot-dried chicken manure while retaining all its beneficial properties. Most often it is presented in granular form, which makes it easier to transport and use.
Unlike fresh, this product contains no harmful microorganisms, weed seeds and parasite larvae. It has an unchanged composition. Industrial processed chicken manure can be used not only for feeding adult plants, but also for soaking their seeds.
The granules are placed in a container and filled to the top with water. The mixture is left to ferment for 14 days. Before use, the resulting concentrated solution is diluted 1:20.
It should be borne in mind that pure chicken manure is not able to fully provide cucumbers with nutrients. To achieve good results, it is necessary to competently combine mineral and natural ingredients in the mixture used to fertilize plants in the greenhouse.