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Growing Your Own Fruit and Vegetables

We grow our own fruit and vegetables for our meals for as much of the year as we can. Without a greenhouse we have to buy shop food in the winter months but in the spring, summer and autumn we often have enough to share with family and friends.

Read about growing your fruit and vegetables here on my growing your own food pages.

Friday, 29 April 2011

Things you can use to improve a sandy soil.

If you have poor sandy soil it is difficult to improve it by adding chemical fertilisers, even if these push your crops to be more productive for a short time. However the best way to make progress with this type of soil is to improve it 'by natural means' if you garden organically you will probably already be on track to improving your soil.

Some ways to improve a poor soil are to add home-made compost and well rotted manure, growing green manure crops can also help with this.

Sandy soil is easier to work than some soils like clay soil but because it dries out quickly and lacks the ability to retain moisture it is not ideal. Therefore adding humus in the form of the three methods mentioned helps to improve the soil. When you add these to your vegetable plot you will add humus to the soil and increase its ability to retain water better than if you continue to neglect it.  One thing to remember when adding compost or well rotted manure is that you need to time when you add it, some seasons are better than others and some crops do not like being planted into newly manured or to grow in soil with compost recently added.

When you add compost, manure or green manures to your land you are improving the soil for the future and it should give it the ability to produce better crops in the future.

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a healthy potato plant in flower

a healthy potato plant in flower
photo of potatoes in flower

home grown carrots.. grown from seed

home grown carrots.. grown from seed
photo of my first bunch of carrots 2009

Even a small batch of mixed fruit can be useful

Even a small batch of mixed fruit can be useful
Home Grown Fruit can be made into delicious compote