Category Archives for Soil Cultivation

The Importance of Feeding Plants

The feeding of plants has always been a subject that every gardener knows about and appreciates but which very few actually carry out, and certainly not to the extent that they should. It’s a bit like children cleaning their teeth; … Continue reading

11. August 2013 by admin
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Garden Cultivation Techniques

Here I want to consider the way in which soil should be cultivated. The word cultivation describes all the physical operations on the soil: digging, forking, raking, trenching and hoeing. You may wonder why any cultivation is necessary; no-one cultivates … Continue reading

29. July 2013 by admin
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Steam sterilization for garden soil

Using steam to sterilize soil is the best and most effective method, but it is essential to control the temperature and other conditions carefully so that beneficial soil organisms are not killed as well as the harmful ones. If these … Continue reading

24. July 2013 by admin
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Garden Soils

Plants rely on the soil for water, nutrients and physical support, so the well-being of both plant and soil are closely linked. I’ve always believed that gardeners should understand something about the nature of the soil in order to manage … Continue reading

23. July 2013 by admin
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Special uses of green manuring

One form of green manuring for a special purpose is the placing of small amounts of grass cuttings in the drills when planting potatoes to prevent common scab disease. It is effective for this purpose because the fungus responsible for … Continue reading

08. July 2013 by admin
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Mixed green manure crops

There are a number of proprietary mixtures of seeds sold for green manuring. These are selected so that the plants provide a full balance of natural compost nutrients and also fix nitrogen. One such mixture is broadcast at the rate … Continue reading

08. July 2013 by admin
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A selection of green manure crops

The crops most commonly used for green manuring include annual lupins, buckwheat, Hungarian grazing rye, mustard, rape, winter spinach and winter tares, or vetch. Mustard, which has the advantage of being quick-growing, is a good choice for light sandy or … Continue reading

08. July 2013 by admin
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Essentials for successful green manuring

Firstly, a green manure crop must fit in well with your cropping plan: you should regard it as a catch crop, to be grown and dug in during the period between the harvesting and sowing of food crops. Secondly, the … Continue reading

08. July 2013 by admin
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The value of humus

Humus benefits the soil in two ways: it acts as a superb soil conditioner, and also supplies small amounts of plant foods. Humus improves the texture of all types of soils, from light sandy soils to heavy clays. When added … Continue reading

08. July 2013 by admin
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Garden Workshop : Green manuring

Green manuring is the practice of digging growing plants into the soil to increase its humus content. To ensure fertility, a soil must contain enough organic matter in a sufficiently decomposed state; by the activities of bacteria and other organisms … Continue reading

08. July 2013 by admin
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