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Reduce your carbon footprint, increase your yield …

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, but come with a high carbon and environmental footprint. They’re made with raw materials that require mining, and when converted into useable fertiliser, involve the use of petrol or natural gas …

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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