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How to Make your Cops Comfortable in your Organic Gardens

How to Make your Cops Comfortable in your Organic Gardens

The conventional vegetable garden was laid out in rows, with no permanent paths but enough space to walk between each row to harvest the crops. At the end of the year the whole would be dug over. However, many gardeners, particularly organic gardeners, use a narrow bed system and this has lots of advantages. Narrow […]

How to Keep Records Effectively in your Organic Gardens

How to Keep Records Effectively in your Organic Gardens

Keeping a record of what you actually did is even more important than the original plan. Noting down what you have sown, where and when, prevents you from hoeing it up, re-sowing before it has emerged, or forgetting to sow it altogether. The record can be a simple layout of the garden, large enough to […]

How to Save the Seeds of your Plans in your Organic Gardens

How to Save the Seeds of your Plans in your Organic Gardens

You can also harvest for next year’s crop, and seed-saving can become a fascinating and satisfying part of your gardening. It saves money and the number of seeds you save from just one plant will probably be enough for your neighbours as well. Seeds saved from plants that have grown well in your garden are […]

How to Grow your Organic Gardens under Cover

How to Grow your Organic Gardens under Cover

Greenhouses, polytunnels, frames and cloches will all extend your gardening potential. In a small town garden you may have only a conservatory or sunroom attached to the house but with proper management you can grow a surprising number of salads and vegetables along with your flowers. In fact you could even grow food at work! […]

How to Manage your Beds in your Organic Gardens

How to Manage your Beds in your Organic Gardens

Once made, the beds themselves should never be trodden on. Being only 1 metre wide they can be worked from both sides so all weeding, sowing and planting is done from the paths. Because the paths are permanent it does not matter that they get steadily compressed, and you can safely walk on them in […]

How to Do Mulching in Organic Gardens

How to Do Mulching in Organic Gardens

Mulches: suppress weeds keep in the moisture protect the soil from heavy rain insulate the soil from heat and cold provide shelter for worms to get on with their good work “live” mulches also feed the soil It is a good general rule never to leave the soil uncovered. Wind, rain and extremes of temperature […]

How to Do Cutting and Covering in Organic Gardens

How to Do Cutting and Covering in Organic Gardens

Double digging is hard work. If you have the time to wait, ground can be prepared by “cutting and covering”. Cut down all the surface vegetation and cover with plastic or carpet. The plastic should be opaque black and the heavier the gauge the better because it will exclude the most light and will last […]