Get your garden soil ready for summer

Soil is the greatest asset we have in our gardens but it is easy to overlook the importance of maintaining good soil quality and just let borders grow year after year.  The rain this winter seems to have been endless and apart from obvious problems of waterlogging in heavy soil, there is a hidden problem of plant nutrients being...

Mulching – Why & What?

Making compost at homeThe aim of mulching is twofold: to retain water in the soil by reducing evaporation and reduce weed growth by excluding light.  You can mulch with a variety of materials including stones & landscape fabric, but the best is well rotted organic matter as this brings a 3rd benefit: over time worms will drag it down...