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Improving Your Soil

Organic V’s Non Organic Fertilizer

This is the time of year when I add manure or compost and seaweed to my garden to feed the soil and protect it over the Winter. Over the years I have built up a very fertile soil in this … Continue reading

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What Is Compost?

What is compost? In gardening terms the word compost can be confusing as it can refer to garden compost you make yourself or for bags of peat compost you would purchase from a garden centre. In their essence they are … Continue reading

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Ten Ways to Improve your Soil

Soil is the foundation of any vegetable garden, if it is treated well it will reward you. Year by year soil needs to conditioned and improved to accommodate the demands of cultivation and the weather. Here are some supplements that … Continue reading

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What type of soil do I have?

Garden soil comes in many forms depending on consistency and nutrient content. By identifying and understanding the type of soil you have you can create a workable medium suitable for cultivation. Clay soils are heavy with high moisture content and … Continue reading

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The Vegetable Garden In November

November is the month when growth in the vegetable garden finally grinds to a halt. Temperatures fall and daylight levels decrease, the season is over and other than harvesting any remaining crops there is very little plant tending to be … Continue reading

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What is Green Manure?

What are Green Manures? Green manures are crops sown to cover bare soil after crops are harvested. The term ‘green manure’ can be confusing as most people will initially think of animal manure whereas green manure refers to a range … Continue reading

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Soil Improvement for Vegetable Gardeners

Healthy vegetables need a healthy soil, it’s as simple as that. Soil Improvement for Vegetable Gardeners is very important as the quality of the vegetables produced is directly related to the quality of the soil. It is possible to grow … Continue reading

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Seaweed and Potatoes

A Protective Seaweed Mulch I took the opposite photo in early January, it’s frosty seaweed obviously but it’s in my garden rather than on the beach. I prepared most of my beds in December (even then a little late, early … Continue reading

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Top 10 Interesting Facts About Soil

Soil is often overlooked even though it is the foundation of a successful vegetable garden. Growing vegetables can be tough on the soil as they are very greedy plants and take all the nutrients and minerals from it. This leaves … Continue reading

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Composting Explained

Why Compost in the first place? Composting is the best thing you can do for your vegetable garden. It is the natural process that returns the nutrients used by growing plants back to the soil and is particularly important for … Continue reading

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