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You are what you eat

There are lots of reasons to feed your soil – improving it for better flower and crop production is one!

Slow releasing organic matter gradually feeds plants over time. Artificial fertiliser feeds the plants too, it just needs to be absorbed immediately, else it washes away.

Add organic matter to feed the soil. This improves its structure, nutrients, and helps absorb and retain water during the dry months. Home-made compost is free. Acquiring well-rotted manure can be … (from horse to pig manure, and pelleted chicken manure – these are popular for feeding garden soils). If you have a bare patch, try growing green manures, to later dig into the soil before they flower.

That’s enough from the worms, here’s some tip-top advise from the experts

Gardener’s World talk about feeding your soil

Great direction, packed full of links and further reading

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Great advice and full of quick and simple tips too, for example … don’t cut into tender plants or evergreens right now as their top growth provides insulation from penetrating cold.

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