Understanding The Soil
Soil Preparation

Understanding The Soil

The soil type greatly influences the range of plants which can be grown. Most rhododendrons, for example, cannot tolerate chalky soil, while clematis absolutely thrive on it. The basic soil types are listed below, and all can be made to produce good crops or ornamental displays, given suitable soil management and improvement. LOAM The ideal…

Best Organic Manures
Manures

Best Organic Manures

Manure from Stable and Byre. Bulky manures of this type contain nitrogen, phosphates, and potash, but not in the right proportions for all plants. Consequently it is necessary to ‘balance’ these animal manures with appropriate chemicals. Animal manures, by virtue of the humus they produce, improve the texture of the soil, making light soils more…

Soil Testing
Soil Preparation

Soil Testing

Before you go and buy seeds and plants, you need to know your soil and what plants it will suit. Old or new, large or small, level or sloping, random or regular in shape, urban or rural in situation — and the two sides of many other coins can be tossed when it comes to…

Fertiliser Guide–Nutrients,Properties And When To Use
Soil Preparation

Fertiliser Guide–Nutrients,Properties And When To Use

This is a concise guide to the main types of straight fertilisers in use. The main points covered are: Fertiliser and main nutrient supplied Properties When and how much to use [toc] Basic slag Phosphates 8-16% P205 (insol) Slow acting inorganic. Active ingredient is calcium silicophosphate which is an insoluble material; slow acting and long…

Soil Improvement–Mulching, Manuring, Composting And Fertilising
Soil Preparation

Soil Improvement–Mulching, Manuring, Composting And Fertilising

The quality and richness of the soil is vital for food production in a self-sufficiency set up. Without good soil you cannot expect to grow good crops. Treat it as though it were your bank account and remember that you cannot keep drawing cheques unless you pay some money in from time to time. Fortunately…