Best Methods Of Potato Cultivation

POTATOES (1) Obtain your seed potatoes in late winter and place them rose end (that is the end with most of the shoots or ‘eyes’) uppermost in seed trays, or empty egg cartons, which should then be placed in a cool, airy, light (but not sunny) spot such as a shed or garage so that … Read more

Choosing and Using Fertilizers: The Ultimate Guide To Alternative Fertilizers For Homesteaders

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Basic Slag A slow-acting phosphatic fertilizer which also supplies lime. It is a steel-industry by-product and must be ground by machinery; the coarser the grinding the slower its action. Slag may remain in the soil for several years. Quality varies, and analysis may show anything from 8 to 22% phosphoric acid. Also the solubility, and … Read more

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 … Read more

Kitchen Garden–Setting Up And Maintaining For Self Sufficiency

Productivity of a garden, especially the kitchen garden, rests on maintaining and improving soil fertility and structure. The 3 essentials are: (1) organic manuring (2) liming (3) fertilising Under cultivation the organic soil content is lost more quickly than it is replaced. In light soils this means loss in moisture-retentiveness; in heavy, loss in aeration; … Read more

Clearing Land For A New Garden

Faced with a virtual wilderness, the quickest way to demolish weeds is to use chemical weed-killers. But this is only to be advocated where the garden is so large that the more laborious methods of scything, burning, thoroughly digging over and fertilising would take too long. A large neglected garden often falls naturally into several … Read more

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 Basic slag Phosphates 8-16% P205 (insol) Slow acting inorganic. Active ingredient is calcium silicophosphate which is an insoluble material; slow acting and long lasting. … Read more

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 … Read more