Worms and their place in our soils’ delicate ecosystem

Worms and their place in our soils delicate ecosystem

It may be doubted whether there are many other animals which have played so important a part in the history of the world, as have these lowly organised creatures. – Charles Darwin, The Formation of Vegetable Mould through the Action of Worms (1881) Here’s a very interesting article by Sarah Johnson, PhD Researcher in Environmental Science, King’s […]

Which is better for plants, chipped mulch or shredded mulch?

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Neither. Don’t use chipped mulch OR shredded mulch. Both of those will rob the precious nitrogen from the ground that your plants need. Nitrogen is vital for healthy plants because it’s a major component of chlorophyll. Chlorophyll is the compound by which plants convert sunlight into sugars from water and carbon dioxide. Nitrogen is also […]

So what do professional gardeners do in the winter months?

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“So what do professional gardeners do in the winter months?“ It’s a question I get asked all the time. A lot of people assume there’s not a lot that can be done in the garden during the winter, however this couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact I have a little saying “what you […]

Helpful tips for easy gardening with hassle free plants

Some plants are high maintenance and even though they may be beautiful, they are not always worth the time and money you may need to spend on them. There are many great plant choices for a low maintenance garden or patio. Try to avoid plants which require stakes, netting, support strings, etc. Delphiniums are just […]

Should I add diseased plants to my compost?

That’s a great question. According to gardenorganic.org.uk, some diseased plants can be added to your compost, however, plant materials suffering from soil-borne diseases such as clubroot and white rot should not be added to a compost heap. Anything else can be safely composted in a hot heap. Diseases that don’t need living matter to survive, such […]