Green Manure

If you have a bit of space in your garden, growing green manures or cover crops is a great way to improve soil fertility and add organic matter to…

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Are glyphosate products safe to use?

Unless you follow the news in detail you might not know about current debates regarding the weed killer, glyphosate, widely used in garden products…

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Could manures, composts or mulch damage plants?

As sustainable gardeners we are probably relying quite a bit on commercially sourced compost, manures and mulch to help promote healthy plant growth.…

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Plant Nutrients Explained

Although SGA recommends primarily using organic material such as compost and manures to promote fertility, it's worth thinking in more detail about…

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Tips for Starting an Organic Garden

Just beginning to garden on an empty piece of land?  Or making over an existing one? It can be confusing if you consult magazines or websites to know…

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To Chop’n’Drop or Not

If you haven’t heard about “chop’n’drop” you can probably work out roughly what it means i.e. when pruning shrubs, trees or pretty much any plant,…

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Seaweed Extracts for the Garden

The term “seaweeds” here to refers to macroalgae – the kind you see clinging to rocks at low tide, or in beautiful subtidal gardens (these can also…

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Why Sustainable Gardening?

Some people might ask why SGA talks about sustainable gardening rather than just gardening. The fact is that horticulture in the hands of home…

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Is Biochar “Wonderstuff”?

Biochar has been hailed as a useful contributor to reducing the world’s increasing carbon emissions since it stores carbon in the soil1 . It has also…

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The Living Soil

When I started experimenting with wicking beds a few years ago, I was concerned about the isolation of the wicking bed’s soil.  The bed’s water tank…

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