Make Your Own Plant Based Liquid Fertiliser

If you’re looking for a free plant based liquid fertiliser, look no further than your own lawn. That’s right! Instead of throwing away your lawn clippings, why not turn this locally available renewable resource into a nutrient and biologically rich fertiliser for your garden?

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Make Your Own Plant Based Potting Soil

A quality potting soil is essential for successful container gardening, but if you’ve ever tried to find a commercial mix that doesn’t contain animal products such as manure, blood, and bone, you know it can be a real challenge. The solution is to make your own so you control what goes into the mix, and if you need a lot of it, you might just save some money too.

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The Incredibly Versatile Comfrey Plant

Comfrey is a perennial herb that has many uses in the garden. It has a well-deserved reputation as a super plant amongst organic growers and permaculture practitioners. It’s a nutrient rich ‘chop and drop’ mulch and compost activator, helps to break up compacted soils with its’ thick tuberous roots, can serve as a barrier to spreading grasses and weeds, and the leaves make a potent plant based liquid fertiliser.

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The Joys & Benefits of Seed Saving

Saving your own seeds can save you money, create plants better adapted to your local growing conditions and personal tastes, help preserve genetic diversity, and create satisfaction through self-reliance and a closer connection to your food.

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Grow More Food in Less Space with Biointensive Gardening

Create a sustainable mini-farm capable of producing a complete diet using organic gardening principles based on millennia-old traditional farming systems, or just maximise your harvest in small spaces with Biointensive growing.

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Grow Vigorous and Healthy Plants with Beneficial Fungi

Give your fruits and vegetables, lawns, and ornamental plants a secondary root system that is more extensive and efficient than their own to improve nutrient uptake, drought tolerance, and overall health with a beneficial fungus known as mycorrhizal fungi.

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Harvest & Store Rainwater with Contour Swales

You already know rainwater is good for your garden and may have noticed how green your plants look after a good rainfall. That’s because rainwater contains nitrogen which “washes out” of the atmosphere, providing your plants with a nutrient boost, giving them their green colour. So it makes sense to catch and store this free resource to irrigate and feed your garden, and one of the best ways to do that is a low-tech do-it-yourself method known as a contour swale.

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Create Low Maintenance Garden Beds with Hugelkultur

If you have woody garden waste like fallen trees, branches and shrubs, instead of burning or throwing it out, put it to good use by creating raised garden beds that retain moisture, build soil fertility, and increase drainage. This easy to build garden bed method, used in Eastern Europe for centuries, turns a waste product into delicious fruit and vegetables.

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Food Forest Gardening

Food forest gardening offers an innovative, ecologically beneficial model for growing edible crops, timber, fibre, and fuel. By allowing nature to do most of the work, there’s little need for weeding, digging, or controlling insect ‘pests’ in the garden. A healthy system of self-supporting plant communities maintains soil fertility. They don’t have to be huge either, because the ‘forest’ refers to how they are designed, not their size. Their natural appearance is both beautiful and pleasant to be in. With so many benefits, it seems silly not to plant one!

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No-Dig Vegetable Gardening

To build and maintain a no-dig garden, just layer organic materials on top of the ground and let nature do the work for you by creating beautiful fertile soil as the material breaks down, a lot like composting. It’s a great option if you want a garden but don’t have a lot of time to devote to its care and maintenance, and because you don’t have to dig the soil, it’s kind to the life in your garden too.

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