Category Archives for Starting a Garden

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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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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Garden Drainage: The soakaway system

This is the simplest drainage method. The soakaway, which is simply a large hole into which the drainage water is channelled, is best sited at the lowest point in the garden, preferably not too close to any buildings or other … Continue reading

07. July 2013 by admin
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Garden Drainage and irrigation

Healthy plant growth and development depend upon the roots having enough moisture and air, as well as food, warmth and light. In a poorly-drained, waterlogged soil, the spaces between the soil particles are filled with water, excluding air. The lack … Continue reading

07. July 2013 by admin
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Gardening Methods: Sterilization

Sterilized seed and potting composts have revolutionized greenhouse techniques and made first-class results available to everyone. Soil sterilization can also be invaluable in the garden and in particular for the vegetable plot. Nowadays, a wide range of sterilized composts is … Continue reading

06. July 2013 by admin
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