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Plot a greener future
These small steps can make all the difference to climate change…
Locking down carbon is something that can be easily done by fellow gardeners, as individuals the amount you capture can be tiny but many private gardens in the UK occupy roughly 10 million acres of land! So, if everyone followed these simple tips we can make the world a better place!
- Love Your Soil
Soil is where carbon is mainly stored in your garden, the healthier that your soil is; the more it will hold. Deep digging can release CO2, so be sure to make this your last resort. What you should do is keep your soil healthy with short cultivation and compost more!
2. Greener Lawns
Lawns and rough grass can add to the the build up of soil carbon. To help with this, try not to collect the grass when lawn mowing. Instead you should leave it, this is so that earthworms can return it’s borrowed carbon into the soil. If you feel that you need to collect the grass you can compost it.
3. Friendly Fertiliser
Mineral fertiliser, such as ammonium nitrate can be wasted by leeching into the sub soil. Home-made compost can be easily made and can be just enough to feed your soil. However, if your soil needs extra nutrients, you should consider by-products such as pelleted poultry manure or bonemeal.
4. GO PEAT FREE
Peat-free potting compost can be not so pleasant to handle, however, peat bogs are important carbon stores and many house precious wildlife habitats. Peat composts will be banned for amateur gardeners by 2024.
5. Protect Wildlife
The nature in Britain is under deep crisis. Wildlife losses result from agriculture, urban development, carelessness, climate change and, above all, from lack of knowledge, concern or understanding. Carbon-friendly gardens are rich in nature both above and below ground, and that’s very good news for us and for the wildlife.
Summer Gardening Tips.
With the summer season in full steam, there’s many colourful blooms to enjoy, fruit to pick and veg to harvest. These months can be very rewarding for our fellow gardeners.
At this time of year, it’s a very good idea to take advantage of the long days to look after your veggies and flower beds. A good tip is to water your beds either in the morning or at the end of the day when it is warm, this is to minimise evaporation.
Mulching your beds in the summer heat is great as it helps to retain moisture content.
It’s time to get on top of your borders and get ahead with hoeing off young weed seedlings. Choose a nice dry day, so that any weeds that are missed from collecting them wither away in the baking heat from the sun. It’s worth taking a hoe out with you every time you get in the garden, so no weeds stand a chance of bullying out your annuals and perennials. It’s worth noting, in hot weather try limiting the amount you dig, to minimise the loss of moisture in the soil.
General Gardening Tips
“Soil Improver” and “Soil Conditioner” are also known as Organic Matter. Plants thrive on organic matter. Manures are a great source for adding Organic Matter and nitrogen into your soil, Organic matter also improves the soil structure where nitrogen boosts the fertility of the soil benefiting the plants growth.
Be careful not to be led up the garden path!
Many of our fellow competitors sell “Farmyard Manure” which actually does not have a high content of farmyard manure. One known company was asked what their farmyard manure consisted of said it contained approximately 25% Peat, 25% sawdust, 25% green waste and 25% spent mushroom compost!
The ideal moisture content for composting organic material is 40-60%.
Temperatures of the organic material must not exceed 65°c as this kills the micro-organisms that break down the compost.