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Traditional vegetable plots were in rows and to as many rows as the size of the garden would allow.. today gardening has come of age and become part of the garden itself, planting between established shrubs with ornamental cabbages, broccili and of course herbs. However, if you still want a separate vegetable patch a bed of 3-4ft is ideal, filled with nutritious compost and keeping the plot small enables you to cultivate your vegetables from the edges without disturbing the soil.
Vegetables will grow in many types of soil, from light sand to heavy clay, but vegetables are greedy and if your soil is low in nutrients your vegetables will starve and your crop will be poor. Digging in plenty of organic compost is the best way to encourage a healthy crop.
Feeding the soil and not the plants is the basic rule of thumb. Digging in organic compost will ensure top quality growing soil, which will retain nutrients and moisture. Wildlife play an important part in the garden. Birds, frogs, hedgehogs and toads allplay their part clearing the garden of snails, whitefly, slugs and aphids - you can't get more organic than nature.
Every garden can be a good home for wildlife. More creatures will visit your garden if you give them the things they need. Growing nectar rich plants and flowers eg buddleia, honeysuckle, lavender. All wildlife needs food. A little overgrown corner provides animals with seeds, insects and other food all year round. Keep feeders topped up for birds and leave out some old fruit in winter. The spring sunshine wakes up the bees, now looking for flowers full of sweet nectar to drink and snug places to lay their eggs.
Our organic compost has slow release nitrogen, and pH of around 8.
You will need to use topsoil if you have poor quality soil in your garden, or if the ground levels are uneven. Our Sandy Loam soil is perfect for the job.
No. The hardest part is site preparation – Laying turf is quite straight forward. Side by side, back to back, staggering joints and avoid walking on the prepared soil or newly laid turf where possible.
You can lay turf at any time of year as long as conditions allow. Turf must not be allowed to dry out as it will shrink and die. The turf must be kept moist until it is well established especially during dry weather.
This depends on the time of year that you lay the turf, but as a rule of thumb 7 – 10 days after laying – but check if the turf has rooted and attached to the soil, then as soon as is necessary, start mowing. Never mow more than one third of the grass plant off at any one time.
1 square metre.
Ideally within 24-48 hours of delivery. After that it may start to change colour and eventually die, especially in warm weather, so make sure all the prep work is done before your turf arrives.