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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.
Gardening things to do this winter
It may now be the winter but that doesn’t mean you have to stop gardening! Landscaping and plants still require some amount of attention even though it’s not an ample growing season. Take part in some essential garden tasks and your garden will be gleaming by the time spring comes around.
- Cover your beds to kill off weeds
If your garden beds are starting to look a bit hopeless then all you need to do is cover them completely with a black plastic sheet, this will kill off all the weeds as they will have no sunlight to thrive off. This will make your bed perfect and weed-free by springtime.
- Fruit trees, shrubs, and roses
Winter is the perfect time for many types of fruit trees to prune, such as, blackcurrants, apples, pears, and raspberries. The main aim of winter pruning is to encourage vigour, this is so that fruit trees are more productive, and shrubs don’t outgrow their space.
Tips for the winter
Keeping your garden looking well in the winter can be very challenging due to the lack of sunlight and warmth.
- You shouldn’t do too much tidying! Rotting wood, seed heads fallen twigs along with many other unsightly things can be very useful to the wildlife in the winter, remember it’s a struggle for them too!
- Another top tip is to cover your plant pots in bubble wrap! This will prevent the soil freezing inside the pot therefor saving your plant.
“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.