Category Archives: soil

Mediterranean Garden Guide – August

Soil care We’ve had a very cold July with reasonable rainfall. That’s great for those fruit trees that need sufficient winter chill to set fruit, but a little challenging for the poor subtropicals that don’t like cold wet feet. Especially … Continue reading

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July Gardening Guide – Mediterranean Climate

Cold soil now means slower vegetable growth. Most deciduous trees are now dormant and leafless, ready for winter pruning, planting or transplanting. In frost-prone areas, it’s time to take a break from planting out and instead peruse the seed and … Continue reading

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Composting tips – and workshop on Wed March 18

  “Old gardeners never die; they just very slowly turn into the most magnificent compost. But what a marvellous, active brew it is!” – Peter Cundall Different composting methods break down the material in different ways, using different helpers – so … Continue reading

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Events Calendar Update

Here’s a quick update on upcoming events – some workshops have been rescheduled around the weather and bookings. There are still places available in our first workshop for the year, Fruit Tree Pruning, Budding and Grafting, which is now on … Continue reading

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Nadja’s Garden NEWSLETTER – January 2015

WELCOME Happy 2015, gardeners, and welcome to the first Nadja’s Garden newsletter. Are you, like me, still bracing for the real summer heat to hit our gardens? So far this summer has brought a welcome holiday break to our family, … Continue reading

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The alkaline soil challenge

What is an alkaline soil? Alkalinity and acidity are opposites on the pH scale. An alkaline soil has a pH measurement that is above 7 or neutral, while acid soil is below 7. pH influences the ability of plants to access … Continue reading

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Guest post: Seasonal Spotlight – Broad Beans

I haven’t shared a recipe for a while… so I’m happy to extend a warm (unseasonally warm in fact!) welcome to Erin of ‘She Cooks, She Gardens‘, with thanks for this guest blog post celebrating the humble broad bean…and I’ll … Continue reading

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