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No-Dig Gardening

May 8, 2012 // 2 Comments

The following article first appeared in ‘Grow your own’ magazine back in February as part of my ‘Theory Behind…’ series. In traditional gardening and farming, land is weeded and/or cleared of crops before a soil improver such as compost and/or manure is dug or ploughed into the soil to improve the soil structure, aerate the soil and add nutrition. With ‘no-dig’ [...]

Peat-Free Seed Sowing by Emma Cooper

February 13, 2012 // 2 Comments

In the first of our series of guest bloggers Emma Cooper writer, gardener and podcaster, talks about  peat free seed sowing. We have reached the time of year when kitchen gardeners everywhere start sowing seeds – the race seems to be on to see who can sow their tomatoes, peppers and aubergines first. Unless you’re growing for the show bench you can wait a few weeks to start for most [...]

Composting by Andy Hamilton

October 28, 2009 // 0 Comments

If you are going to grow organically then composting should be one of your number one priorities. Much of the compost that is bought from garden centres comes from non renewable peat bogs and, as such, we at selfsufficientish are against the use of it. Compost Bins I have three compost bins: one that I bought from my local council at a subsidised rate, and two empty barrels which were dumped on [...]