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Using Horticultural fleece

One of the  simplest and cheapest ways we can get things growing in our vegetable beds in the Spring is by offering the seedlings and seeds some protection

You can cover your bed with cloches made of either glass or plastic but that can be expensive a far cheaper alternative is Horticultural fleece

Fleece will warn the soil especially in raised beds and keep off a couple of degrees of frost while allowing light and water through while forming a physical barrier to stop birds, rabbits and deer from eating the young seedlings

By excluding the wind it stops delicate seedlings from dying out and allows quicker establishment of roots

Fleece can be left on for the life  of some crops and the fine mesh  types are perfect for stopping carrot rootfly

You can get differing weights of Horticultural fleece the finest is less than 50p  to £2.50 for heaver gauge per metre

 

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Green compost in a No Dig Bed

One of the problems with starting a No Dig bed is that to make one you need either well rotted home made compost or well rotted farmyard manure both of which you may not have if your new to gardening or live in a town or city

Most councils are now obliged to run a “Green waste” recycling scheme and as long as they conform to British Standards Institution’s Publicly Available Specification 100:20  11 there perfect for garden use

Every batch of compost made to this standard is analysed and tested for impurities and contaminants by an independent laboratory, and all procedures are fully documented part of this test is the germination and growing of Tomatoes to test for  contaminants

 

The result is a compost perfect for all gardens, that can also be used as an environmentally-responsible alternative to peat but with a higher PH so also help cut costs by reducing use of artificial fertilizer and lime

 

 

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How to construct a WoodBlocX raised bed

If you want tall raised bed because they would fit in with your garden or because the easy of working in them one of the best systems is made by WoodBlocX.Its a modular system that can be tailored to any shape and size,the one’s we installed in our new garden were deliberately positioned on rough ground as it replicated most new garden

These films show how quickly you can transform your garden into a productive space and how easily the WoodBlocX  are to construct.

You can find links to how to initially fill your new raised beds so they can be utilized as hotbeds and created a perfect longterm growing  environment

 

 

 

Best way to fill your raised beds

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Winter Salads

One of the great pleasures of growing vegetables is to be able to harvest fresh salad in the cooler months,the flavor seems fresher and more welcome through autumn and Winter

its important to use varieties that are adapted to growing in these cooler conditions

The varieties that work for me are Continue reading Winter Salads

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