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Top tips from Pat Featherstone, director and founder of Soil for Life.
1Mulch, mulch, mulch – especially in summer. It saves water and protects plants and soil. Use compost, dry grass cuttings, newspaper, leaves, sticks, bark chips, peach pips or any other organic matter. 2Urine is a useful fertiliser. Dilute it in a bucket of water and pour it on the soil around your plants. 3Crush and sprinkle eggshells to use as a calcium- rich fertiliser. 4If you get the chance, go to the beach and collect seaweed. Rinse off the sand and salt and use it as a mulch. It rots quickly, releasing lots of minerals into the soil. 5 Be water wise by making a circular dam with your finger around each plant. The water will sink deep into the soil without running off 6 Plant lots of legumes, like peas and beans, as they absorb nitrogen from the air and convert it into a form plants can use for growth. 7Grow garlic between certain vegetables, like spinach and tomatoes, as insects don’t like the smell. But keep it away from peas and beans. 8Old car tyres make excellent nurseries for growing seedlings. In summer paint them a light colour on the outside to prevent them becoming too hot.
If you’re interested in growing your own healthy, organic food, contact Soil for Life on 021-794-4982.