Category Archives: Improving Your Soil

What is a Compost Heap?

What is a compost heap? A compost heap is a mound of decaying organic matter used by gardeners to re-cycle garden waste into a free organic soil improver and plant feed. A compost heap may be a simple pile in … 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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A little on soil pH

I decided to bite the bullet at the weekend and tackle my old Landrover which has been sitting in the shed since the gearbox packed up a couple of weeks ago. I wasn’t looking forward to getting oily so was … 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 are Green Manures?

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. It is possible to grow vegetables in poor soil by using artificial fertilizers but the quality of the soil will be further eroded until, finally, you won’t be able … 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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