14 Apr 2010

New Garden Tips

  • Do check your soil. Take some soil of your garden and shake it up in a jar of water. After an hour to check how it settles. Dig a hole 1m deep in different parts of the garden. Notice the layers of soil, the stoniness, the worms, and the depth of any roots. Pour water into each hole to check how long the water takes to drain away. More than an hour means heavy, slow-draining soil, less than ten minutes and it is very fast-draining.
  • Do a double digging if you are preparing a new border.
  • Don't use treate timeber to make the raised bed of vegetables.
  • Edge the carrots with chives. Plant basil with tomatoes. Garlics help keep aphids from roses.
The tips above are what I just learned from 'The Complete Gardener' book by Monty Don.

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