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Understanding Soil Basics

We are only just learning about the magic of our soil I am so excited to learn more! Healthy soil is made up of mineral particles, organic matter, air, water and living organisms. These ingredients interact with each other in amazing ways to form one of the earths most incredible resources. We need soil for nutrient dense food, to filter water, regulate the earth climate, and store carbon. The living organisms- the worms, fungi, bacteria, nematodes and protozoa in our soil play a vital role in g...

October 28, 2021

Maximize Your Seed Growing Success!

I am an energetic starter of things and I am learning to be a sustained keeper 'goinger' and finisher! But it is a steep learning curve! So when I discovered this simple trick I knew my seedling game was on the up and it was!  So I get excited plant a million seeds and then after a week just as they are starting to germinate I accidently forget to water them and sadly there is no coming back from seeds germinating and then drying out.... Now enter clever Capillary Bed System! This is a cont...

August 5, 2021

Rose Pruning

Now is the time to prune your roses!  We prune roses now now so that the new buds bursting come away in the warmth of spring and become the new strong healthy growth for the coming season.  The following are general rose pruning basics....  cut away any dead wood right back to the wee shoulder at the base, please don't leave any nubs sticking out, these inevitably rot back and create a disease entry point to the plant ( see diagram)then cut away any branches facing inwards.then cu...

August 5, 2021

The Autumn Garden to Do List

Autumn in the garden is a time of giving back to the soil; the leaves fall, crops die off, the rains come, and the sun becomes more gentle. It feels like a time of rest but for the soil the work is just beginning! "Start where you are, use what you have, do what you can" Arthur Ashe.  What breaks down all that greenery from a resplendent summer? The Soil Biology!  All the microscopic bacteria, fungi , protozoa and other tiny critters. So now is a great time to think about what we can d...

May 12, 2021

Protecting your Clever Healthy Soil

Did you know that in a teaspoon healthy soil there are more than 6 billion micro organisms?  Wow! Did you know that it is these precious critters that make all the nutrients available to our plants?  This totally blows my mind and makes me treat soil really differently! We have been working hard to grow our soils, making and adding compost, planting , watering, feeding and now we need to cover it up and protect it. Leave no soil uncovered!! Mulch Mulch Mulch! with whatever yo...

November 29, 2020

Keeping our gardens strong and healthy over summer

The soil has warmed up and we have been busy planting our summer crops. Now is the time to really crank up our regular liquid  feeding of our soil and plants. We are asking a lot of our garden to flourish through the hot summer to bring us a bountiful harvest and  this helps strengthen plants and soil against any  pest and disease pressure .  I like to fill my back pack sprayer up with liquid seaweed, comfrey tea, worm wee, fish hydrolysate, milk  and neem oil and in the...

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