Gar­den­ing so­lu­tions

The People's Friend - - Gar­den­ing -

Take time to sort out your soil

This is the time when plants need the most mois­ture. They are ei­ther in full flower or pro­duc­ing seeds and fruits. Or­ganic grow­ers build up their soil, adding home-made com­post, so that it holds water – keep­ing it read­ily avail­able dur­ing dry times. Com­post adds bulk to a sandy, light soil, and it breaks up heavy clay. And, of course, it also adds pre­cious nu­tri­ents, so there’s no need for that ex­pen­sive fer­tiliser.

Put your weeds to work

Don’t oblit­er­ate your weeds! Many of them – such as dan­de­lions and net­tles – pro­vide im­por­tant nec­tar for pol­li­nat­ing in­sects. So keep a few, and when you pull them up, put the leaves, not the roots, on to the com­post heap, as they con­tain use­ful nu­tri­ents.

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