On our street we have two beautiful big maple trees that show off their colourful beauty come autumn time. They dump a huge amount of orange, red and yellow leaves that cover the grass in a thick blanket. It seems such a waste to just let them decompose all over the place without getting any benefits.
Even if your street has no deciduous trees on it, I’m sure somewhere close to you at least, there is a bounty of fallen leaves. To make the most of what nature is offering, I’m going to show you how to make your own leaf mould cage.
What is leaf mould?
Leaf mould is just leaves that have decomposed and broken down into a wonderfully nutrient rich compost.
It’s absolutely fantastic for your garden for moisture retention, as a soil conditioner and ensures your soil doesn’t leach nutrients. It also contains a massive amount of minerals and provides nutrients to all the beneficial microbes you want in your garden. Read More
Garlic, it has a ton of vitamins and makes dinner taste 100x better. What’s not to love?
It also happens that growing garlic is very easy.
Whether you’re growing garlic in the garden or in pots, good soil is key. In the garden, dig in well rotted manure (or sheep pellets) and compost. If you are growing in pots, add a mixture of potting mix and compost, or an all round vegetable mix with some course sand for drainage. Read More
Winter came knocking on the door this week and it’s been freezing! Definitely the kind of weather where you want to stay snuggled inside, preferably with something hot and delicious as sustenance. Something like…pie!
This is a rhubarb and blueberry pie to be specific. If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, you would have seen that I went slightly over board in rhubarb picking a few weeks ago. My freezer is well stocked and this weather seemed like a perfect time to relieve it of excess rhubarb.
Look how pretty. 👇👇
I may have used homegrown rhubarb in this recipe but unfortunately my two tiny blueberry bushes did not provide enough this year for a pie. The month of May however, is a great time to plant more blueberry bushes for next years pie. Read More
Sow from seed this month: Cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, swedes, broad beans, lettuce, bok choy, peas, radishes, silverbeet, onions, kale.
Plant from seedlings this month: Cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, celery, bok choy, lettuce, beetroot, spinach.
The last month of autumn is here and now all summer crops should be harvested and gone, with new winter plants in place. I managed to keep my cherry tomatoes going all this time but finished the last harvest today.
A vegetable plot built from layers of newspaper, mulch and compost, where nature does all the hard work. Too good to be true or a dream come true?
I side with the latter, I am a major fan of ‘No Dig’ garden beds.
What exactly is a no dig garden bed?
It’s a garden bed that relies on nature to do what nature does best. It’s made with layers of newspaper, mulches and compost that whilst decomposing, encourage the growth of worms and millions of microorganisms that benefit plant growth.
When you physically dig up a garden you disturb the amazing frameworks underground that are built by these organisms, as well bringing up buried weed seeds that will start growing. A no dig garden eliminates this.
My soil is hard clay, will this still work?
Yes it will, but time is a factor. Luckily nature has some helping hands for you in the form of worms.
Earth worms are amazing, a gardener’s best friend really. The larger amount of earthworms you have, the better your soil. These wonderful little creatures turn over and aerate your soil brilliantly, whilst simultaneously excreting worm castings which are bursting with nutrients. You can encourage more worms by adding manure and compost to the layers in your bed. Read More