Grow­ing tips from Chris

NZ Life & Leisure - - The Urban Farmer -

1. Ro­tate crops to the best of your abil­ity and if that’s not pos­si­ble, re­fresh old soil with new. “My prob­lem­atic crops, such as toma­toes and pota­toes, are grown in the new soil ev­ery year. If I use ex­ist­ing soil, I get rust or potato blight.” 2. Com­frey is an ex­cel­lent multi- pur­pose plant: it makes good mulch, fer­til­izer, bee food and also de­ters in­va­sive kikuyu. 3. When faced with poor soil qual­ity, work hard to ad­dress im­bal­ances by in­tro­duc­ing or­ganic mat­ter to es­tab­lish the best- qual­ity grow­ing en­vi­ron­ment.

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