Posts Tagged ‘Soil’

Let’s Get Dirty!

Person Author: Sojali Farm Calender December 28, 2014 Posted Tags: , , , , Comment No Comments

Gardening is fast becoming the new ‘thing’. More and more people are putting their names on allotment lists, planting at home, and sowing seeds in all varieties of containers and pots and sometimes more unusual holders to grow their fruit, veggies, herbs and plants in. We aim to bring all the delights of Grow Your Own (GYO) to children and adults alike. To do this, we need to start at the beginning. The Soil. Most horticulturists and gardeners know that if your soil is perfect, you can grow literally anything. The exception of course being anything that requires certain conditions like high alkaline or high acidic soil, but for now, let’s show our little ‘angels’ all about soil and the importance that worms have in creating the perfect base for plants to grow in. Wormery

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May Day or Beltane.

Person Author: Helen Fowler Calender May 1, 2013 Posted Tags: , , , , , Comment No Comments

I cant believe that May is here already! Today is May Day or the pagan celebration of Beltane. Traditionally a May Queen was selected to honour the fertility of Mother Earth and the day was celebrated with much meriment including dancing round the May Pole. Well although there is no May blossom here or any dancing round any May Poles, I have been busy in the garden. Just a few weeks ago I was starting to feel a bit discouraged, looking around the garden thinking how awful everything looked. The lawn was pale and sparse, no sign of any buds or blossom on the fruit trees and the soil was cold and wet. Well, what a difference a few weeks of milder, sunny weather makes! The plants and trees in the garden have sprung into growth, the soil has dried and warmed up, even the lawn, which had

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Raised Beds and Overwintering Onions

Person Author: Helene Coleman Calender November 17, 2012 Posted Tags: , , , Comment No Comments
Onions ready to plant.

Today we finally filled the raised bed we put in a few weeks ago. After a fairly unsuccessful few months earlier in the year, where everything was eaten by slugs, wood pigeons or rabbits, we thought we’d just put in some raised beds and buy some custom built protective netting. We filled the beds with a mixture of our own soil from the plot (a sandy loam) and compost from the allotment communal heap. I have to say, we’re pretty pleased with how everything is growing so far (even though its late autumn and not much is really growing much at the moment!). It feels like being able to manage a contained space in the raised beds makes growing a lot easier! We also tested our topsoil, as we’d seen in some of the gardening books that it was quite a useful thing to do. We tested our s

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