Aug 282017

Gardening is a bit like life really… the more you know, the more you know you don’t know. It can be so full of hits and misses, trials and errors, successes and failures… When it comes to how to help your plants grow there are so many possibilities – should I use compost, manures, worm castings, weed teas or commercial fertilisers and are solids better than liquids? Some gardeners swear by one or the other, but all possibly have their place at various times, so let’s look at them all.

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Aug 282017

Many well-intentioned composters keep adding kitchen scraps to the compost bin and then wonder why they are left with a smelly rotting mess.

The science of composting is all about getting the carbon/nitrogen ratio of the contents correct. Follow the correct principles and you will create superb compost suitable for enriching soil. Continue reading »

Jul 272017

Everything you need to know about bare root fruit trees

As the weather gets colder, it’s ever so tempting to stay inside, and curl up by the fire with a glass of wine and your media of choice. However, winter is a top time in the garden, especially if you are planning on planting some fruit trees to feed you for years to come. And while this can seem daunting (and somewhat unappealing in chilly weather), edible trees are a must have in every productive patch, and winter is the time to get down and dirty with deciduous fruit trees. The following guide contains everything you need to know about picking, pruning, planting and pampering beaut fruit trees! It’s time to whack on the winter woolies, and get amongst it!  Continue reading »

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