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Author archives: David

Soil additives and conditioners

There are very few gardens that can boast an ideal soil for every requirement, and even if you start off with a good-quality loam not lacking in plant foods, as your plants use up [...]

Assessing your soil

Apart from asking around, a rough way to get some guidance is to one-quarter fill a screw-topped jar with your ordinary garden soil, and then fill the jar almost full of water. Sha[...]

Soil types part 2

Peaty soils: Peat soils are found in areas which have been waterlogged over a long time so that dead vegetation has been unable to rot down properly with the aid of aerobic bacteri[...]

Suffolk & Norfolk Life

An interesting article in Suffolk & Norfolk Life this month all about gardening in December... “The nearer the new moon to Christmas Day, The harder the winter weather.”[...]

Soil types

Apart from regional variations in subsoil type, top soils vary considerably. They can even be totally different in different parts of the garden. Before attempting to do any pla[...]

The brown stuff continued

Topsoil is the top layer of soil, which contains most humus and animal organisms, and is therefore the most fertile. It varies in depth from place to place, but is usually about a [...]

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