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Articles to do with improving the soil, making and using composts and fertilisers, using organic and inorganic fertiliser, composition of fertilisers and manures etc.

It’s really very simple, the better the soil the better your crops will be.

These  articles should help you to improve your soil providing the nutrients that your plants need.

How to Use Fertiliser for Best Results with Vegetables

How to Use Fertiliser for Best Results with Vegetables

An introduction to using fertiliser to maximise yields and a general understanding of fertilisers in vegetable growing.
What Are NPK - Basic Components of Fertiliser Explained

What Are NPK - Basic Components of Fertiliser Explained

The three basic elements required for plant growth NPK, nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium or potash discussed along with effects and the effect of shortage
Natural or Organic Fertilisers and Soil Conditioners

Natural or Organic Fertilisers and Soil Conditioners

Naturally produced or organic fertilisers provide the same basic elements as artificial fertilisers but some have an advantage in their slow release.
Artificial Fertilisers

Artificial Fertilisers

About using artificial fertilisers, the differnet NPK nutrient content and the benefits and drawbacks of various artificial fertilizers.
Elements of Plant Nutrition: Calcium, Sulphur, Magnesium

Elements of Plant Nutrition: Calcium, Sulphur, Magnesium

Magnesium, Calcium and Sulphur are vital additional elements or macro nutrients in plant nutrition in addition to the better known trilogy of NPK.
Trace Elements in Plant Nutrition

Trace Elements in Plant Nutrition

Trace elements can be as important in growing and gardening as vitamins are in human nutrition. This article covers the different trace elements.
Farmyard & Animal Manures to Improve Soil Fertility

Farmyard & Animal Manures to Improve Soil Fertility

Animal manure add humus as well as nutrients to the soil to promote crop growth. Considers horse, cow, sheep, pig, goat, rabbit, rodent, cat and dog manures
NPK Nutritional Values of Animal Manures & Compost Etc

NPK Nutritional Values of Animal Manures & Compost Etc

Lists and compares the typical values of NPK in animal manure and composts which is useful for judging the amount of fertiliser to apply required for a crop
Mycorrhizal Fungus & Kelp or Seaweed Meal

Mycorrhizal Fungus & Kelp or Seaweed Meal

The beneficial effects on plant growth of adding mycorrhizal fungus and kelp or seaweed meal to improve your soil's ability to support plants.
Fertiliser Tips - Best Use of Fertilisers - Make Your Own Special Compound Fertilisers

Fertiliser Tips - Best Use of Fertilisers - Make Your Own Special Compound Fertilisers

Some tips on using fertilisers more effectively avoiding waste and making your own specialist compound fertilisers such as potato or onion fertiliser
Lime - the Vital Fertiliser!

Lime - the Vital Fertiliser!

Garden Lime, the vital fertiliser. How much lime to use and when to use lime to increase or decrease the acidity - pH - of your soil to improve plant growth
Green Manures - Uses & Types of Green Manures

Green Manures - Uses & Types of Green Manures

Green manures are a wonderful way to add and retain nutrients to the soil whilst improving the structure. They can even save time as they suppress weeds.
Horse or Cow Manure - Which is Better, Horse Manure or Cow Manure?

Horse or Cow Manure - Which is Better, Horse Manure or Cow Manure?

One question that seems to crop up frequently between gardeners and allotment holders is which manure is better to use, horse manure or cow manure?
Improving Clay Soils, Methods & How to Improve Clay Soils

Improving Clay Soils, Methods & How to Improve Clay Soils

Clay soils are always a problem and some proven practical solutions are found in this article on improving clay soils.
What is Compost Tea?

What is Compost Tea?

Organic gardeners all know compost is fantastic stuff. But now, there's something some say is even better and that's compost tea.
How To Build a Compost Bin

How To Build a Compost Bin

Compost can act as a fertilizer enriching the soil with organic materials rather than making use of chemicals that can do more harm than good if used badly.
Biochar & Terra Preta

Biochar & Terra Preta

Separating the truth from the hype about biochar and terra preta from the Amazon basin plus how to make biochar at home.
Rockdust (Rockflour) & Soil Remineralisation

Rockdust (Rockflour) & Soil Remineralisation

Separating the truth from the hype about the benefits of soil remineralisation utilising rockdust.
Gypsum, Using Gypsum in Gardening

Gypsum, Using Gypsum in Gardening

Many gardeners have been confused about the role of gypsum in gardens. It is a soil additive that provides micronutrients, a conditioner and a fertilizer.
Gypsum, A Valuable Input for Agriculture & Gardeners

Gypsum, A Valuable Input for Agriculture & Gardeners

A large proportion of land in the world could be improved and brought into productive use. Gypsum can be used as a aid in the reclamation of this land.
Worm Composting & Farming

Worm Composting & Farming

Includes: 15 Pages
Guides to Making Worm Compost Vermiculture and Vermicomposting. 15 articles from world expert worm composter, explains how to compost and overcome problems
Soil pH and Its Effect on Your Garden

Soil pH and Its Effect on Your Garden

Soil pH, effect on your garden, how to determine it and how to change it. Soil pH is critical to plant growth controlling nutrient uptake and availability.
Composts, Composting & Making Compost

Composts, Composting & Making Compost

Includes: 4 Pages
These articles are all about composts, composting and making compost. including how to make compost bins and various types of composting
Using Soot on the Garden – Is Soot a Benefit to the Garden

Using Soot on the Garden – Is Soot a Benefit to the Garden

A look at using soot in the garden and on the vegetable plot. What are the benefits. Also the risks from using soot in the garden on the soil

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