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Green Manure

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September is the month to sow green manures. Novice gardeners might think they need to head down to a local farm and kindly ask the farmer if he has fed the cows lately, but this is not exactly what green manures are. Green manures are cover crops that become part of the soil– plants grown off-season and tilled in to… Read more »

Much Mulch

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Soon it will be time to think about mulching. As you indeed are aware, mulch will: • Reduce soil moisture evaporation • Suppress weeds and prevent weed germination • Insulate soil from extreme temperature changes • Reduce soil erosion and compaction • Gradually decompose, adding valuable organic material to the soil • Make your garden more attractive A reader contacted… Read more »

Gardening in Pots

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Dear Top Gardening Friends Old barrels and tea chests make great planters for a variety of shrubs, flowering plants and even small trees. Use them to vary the levels of your planting in a small area or visually break up larger areas to advantage. All kinds of plants may be grown in containers and moved around to create different combinations… Read more »

SO-WHAT TO TO WITH ALL THE ORGANIC GOODIES YOU HARVEST

Dear Top Gardening Friends So having decided what to grow now you have to plan for harvesting it! You have to give some thought to how you are going to store the foods that you grow. After all, no matter what you grow, the crop will need picking at harvest time, and you are not going to be able to… Read more »

WRITING AN ORGANIC GARDENING JOURNAL

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Dear Top Gardening Friends One fantastic way of making your organic gardening more easy and relevant to you and your family’s needs is to keep an log or journal even before you start working on your garden, so that you can record all of your results, and the reasons why some things work better than others. You should for example… Read more »

HOW TO MAKE THE BEST USE OF YOUR HEAVENLY HERBS

So here are some suggestions for you: In cooking – an obvious place to start: Basil, Chives, Mint, Rosemary, Tarragon, Chervil, Marjoram, Thyme, Fennel, Coriander, Bay and Rockett – are all wonderful additions to a wide variety of dishes. My absolute favourite is Coriander which I find excuses to use frequently In making Pot Pourri Bergamot, Camomile Flowers, Rosemary, Lavender… Read more »

HEAVENLY HERBS

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Dear Top Gardening Friends My last post talked about creating a cottage garden, which can include a range of herbs. Many of us will grow herbs for their culinary use, however they can be grown for pot-pourri, medicinal or even ornamental reasons.If you have children and a small space in the garden, then encourage them to plant and look after… Read more »

PERFECT TOOLS FOR THE JOB

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Dear Top Gardening Friends To get started with organic gardening, there are a few basic tools and supplies that you need. However, because organic gardening is no different to the non-organic variety apart from the fact that there are no chemicals involved, the tools and supplies that you need to get started can be kept fairly basic. You can then… Read more »

ROTATION IS A GOOD THING!

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Dear Top Gardening Friends Although it is likely that if you live in a temperate clime, you will start planting and sowing in the spring, it is not necessarily the only time that you will be planting because depending upon where you live, it is possible to plant two or three crops every year. For example, you might start with… Read more »

PROTECTING YOUR PLOT FROM THE ELEMENTS

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Dear Top Gardening Friends If sunshine is something that your garden must have, then too much wind is exactly the opposite, something that you really don’t need. Excessive wind can easily damage your plants or blow them over in an extreme case, so if you live somewhere that is notoriously windy, you need to think about how you can offset… Read more »