Compost versus Fertilizer - 2021-06-17

If you are not completely sure exactly which nutrient is needed in your garden, it can cause more harm than good to use a chemical fertilizer. This can only be established with a soil test. Fertilizer can burn the plants and the water run-off can pollute the environment and waterways. Compost, on the other hand, will not damage your plants or th... more

Cold composting with worms - 2021-06-17

Cold composting is usually done outdoors, using micro-organisms to break down the plant matter, i.e autumn leaves, grass cuttings, kitchen scraps, etc. This process takes between 6 and 12 months to convert the plant matter to a good quality compost. Cold composting can be started at any time of the year. The process can be speeded up by adding w... more

Organic food production - 2021-06-15

  Organic food production means that the food has been produced through approved methods that integrate cultural, biological, and mechanical practices that include cycling of resources, promoting ecological balance, and conserving biodiversity. Synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge, irradiation, chemical pest control and genetic enginee... more

Benefits of earthworms in organic gardening - 2021-06-06

Earthworms are essential in organic gardening. They drastically improve the quality of the soil, adding microorganisms and nutrients, feeding the roots of the plants to make them stronger and more resistant to disease.   ... more

How to care for your earthworms in a worm farm - 2021-06-06

Earthworms thrive in cool, dark moist environments with ample drainage and ventilation. Place the worm farm in partial shade, if possible.   To prevent ants invading the worm farm, place the worm farm in a shallow basin of water, on top of a brick or similar object, to prevent the ants reaching it.   The worm farm consists of ... more

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