Thursday, 29 June 2017

Importing Fertility into The garden

A video where I talk about importing fertility into the garden and what I'm trying to do to produce more from my own land. 

What do you do to improve the fertility of your soil in your garden?

5 comments:

  1. One of my pet topics Kev. Great video. I have very sandy, free draining soil and the growing areas needs lots of organic matter. We have the Fen Blows around here where a strong wind creates a sand storm and the arable farmers lose a lot of their top soil. I'm mainly self sufficient in bulky organic matter: pig manure, sheep, chicken litter. I poo pick daily and add it all to the heap. Also any vegetative waste. I keep out anything to woody that won't rot down by the following spring. I use pelleted chicken manure as a pre-planting top dressing. I get great delight in seeing steam rise from the compost heaps and feeling the warmth.

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  2. Similar to you but on a much smaller scale. We use household compost and any small garden compost items into one black compost bin. After 6 months or so, it gets transferred into another bin and is shut down for another 6 months. Then it goes on our raised beds and in the fruit cage and fruit trees.

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  3. Like you I make lots of comfrey and nettle tea. I compost all the garden and kitchen waste. I don't grow much in the winter so I the beds are emptied and the top 3 inches of soil removed, horse manure, chicken manure and any ready compost is spread on and topped with the soil.

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  4. sea weed if you can get it is great, I use the bedding from poultry and goats and of course Alpaca poo, everything is composted, I also use a liquid feed that is left over from cleaning sheep fleece, I also have access to horse muck.

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  5. Just plenty of compost, and occasional double digging.

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