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Carol Klein demonstrates how to add mulch to beds and borders to enrich the soil and ensure healthy plants.spring and autumnCarolMore ways to improve soilImproving soil with green manure.How to feed plants.Improving your soil.Making a soil sieve.
good compostMake a soil sieveVideo project on how to improve soil with green manureBrowse plants by soil conditionsBrowse a variety of hardy annual plants
If you're faced with huge piles of fallen leaves every autumn, you can make the sweeping and collection process a lot easier by using a combination of different tools. Learn different methods of gathering autumn leaves, below, then follow our video guide to creating leaf mould in...
Make a compost bin to achieve the satisfaction of turning kitchen and garden waste, into rich, crumbly compost. This will make your plants and crops thrive - so keep them, and your local landfill site, happy.Spade or rake4 strong wooden pallets6 sturdy wooden stakesSledgehammerBo...
Home-made compost is a great soil conditioner and plant food. Good compost will take about six months to produce if you turn it regularly.Monty's compost recipeWhat should you put on your heap? The simple answer is anything that has lived. But I exclude all meat, fat and anything...
Follow Monty Don's video advice on planting a bare-root tree, including tips on plant depth, staking and mulching.autumn - springMore advice on plantingPlanting a bare-root rosePlanting a shrubBare-root plantingPlanting a fig tree
terracotta pots with polythene to reduce evaporation from the sides of the pot.Mulch soil around plants with straw or bark to prevent evaporation of water from the soil's surface. This will also ward off slugs and prevent weeds from growing, which compete
Join Joe Swift as he plants a clematis at the base of a viburnum in the Berryfields garden, and offers planting and mulching tips.May-JuneMore advice on growing climbing plantsPotting on sweet peas, Sarah RavenConstructing a rustic trellisMaking a
's important to provide them with supplementary fertiliser. The basic nutrients required by plants are nitrogen (N) for leaf and stem growth, phosphorus (P) for root growth and potassium (K) for flowers, fruit and to maintain healthy growth. Fertiliser
staging or a dry shed.AdamIf your dahlias are in a warm, sheltered spot in the border and you don't want to lift them, add a thick layer of mulch for extra insulation in winter.Caring for your dahliasVideo guide to taking dahlia cuttings, with Sarah Raven