Category Archives: Fertilizers

Calcified Seaweed

This is not seaweed  but a kind of calcified cold water coral and coralline algaehaving the Latin name of Lithothamnion calcareum.

It is dredged from the sea off the French and English coasts. It has been used by Cornish farmers since before c1650

In Northen France, it is called maerle and is used by Breton garlic, onion and broccoli farmers to improve their crops.

Calcified seaweed consists of about 50% calcium, 5-10% magnesium carbonate and a wide range of beneficial trace elements Zinc, Copper, Sulpher ,Iron,Manganese, Cobalt , Boron,  which may be Continue reading Calcified Seaweed

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Question: I noticed you mentioned using coffee grounds on the vegetable garden to protect from slugs, is this a legal practice?

I get a lot of questions here at Learn How To Garden from subscribers and viewers. I had an interesting one recently from Aidan that’s very timely .  Here’s Aidan’s question:

“Hi Mark,
I notice you mentioned using coffee grounds on the vegetable garden to protect from slugs, is this a legal practice as during a  search on the internet I came across this article”

00-coffee-groundWhat this question does bring to the forefront is Continue reading Question: I noticed you mentioned using coffee grounds on the vegetable garden to protect from slugs, is this a legal practice?

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Question Can Dog hair be used in the garden?

I get a lot of questions here at Learn How To Garden from subscribers and viewers. I had an interesting one recently from David that”s very timely .

Here’s David’s question:

Hi Mark,
I think your tips&clips and newsletter are top value. I really get a lot of useful, interesting info from them.
In your clips on planting beans you recommend putting wool down as a base layer & that you use Angora wool from your goats. I have 9 Leonberger dogs which, when groomed, produce a lot of wool-like coat. Could I use this coat as base layer? (Btw, if you want to see what our Leonbergers look like go to:
http//:leonberger.pl)
Thanks in advance,
David

 

Hair pic

The simple answer is yes you can Continue reading Question Can Dog hair be used in the garden?

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MAKING PLANT FOOD FOR FREE

One of the easiest savings we can make in our garden is to produce our own liquid feeds.  A variety of plants can be used for this and will give us different feeds suitable for doing different tasks.  In my film I cover how to make an early season nitrogen rich feed and two ways of making potassium rich feed which is great for bulking up root crops and onions at this time of the season.

The other fantastic free resource we have which we should make more use of is urine this post explains why

The power of Pee

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