9 Make plant food
Composting is the lifeblood of organic gardening. Recycle as much garden and green kitchen waste as you can: the ideal heap should contain around 50 per cent soft green waste such as lawn clippings and vegetable peelings, with the rest made up of material such as leaves, prunings, shredded paper and small bits of cardboard. Keep heaps moist and turn them regularly to help materials break down. Why not make your own plant food, too? Comfrey leaves can be turned into a potassium-rich fertiliser that encourages flowers and fruit, while ne les make a high-nitrogen feed that boosts foliage. Both need to be ro ed down in buckets of water, the debris sieved from the resulting smelly ‘soup’ and the liquid diluted: one part ‘soup’ to 10 parts of water.
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