New growth for summer….



Gardening with RuthThis month is the time to plant any fruit trees you are planning for.
Also time to prune your roses before they start putting out new growth for a summer show.

Build up your soil by adding compost and slow release fertilizers.
Organic matter is what makes rich dark soil.
Compost is a great way to add it to your soil. You can buy it by the bag or trailer load from the garden centres in the area.
But making your own is not difficult.
Rake up autumn leaves and either put into a composting bin with green matter or put into a black plastic bag. Add 1 cup of soil and 1 cup of water and tie it off.
Punch some holes into the top of the bag and place it in a shaded area of the garden. Wait six months and you will have some lovely compost to add to the garden.
If you are using a composting bin, use green matter for nitrogen and course brown matter for carbon. Green matter consists of lawn clippings, weeds and kitchen waste, but do not use meat products. Brown matter is leaves, twigs, straw and shredded newspaper.
Start your bin with a layer of brown matter to promote air movement at the base. Add 20-30cm of green matter then another layer of 50cm of brown, sprinkle with lime and blood and bone or animal manure if you can get it. Repeat the layers until your bin is full.
The ratios are important to generate enough heat to create good compost. Cover your bin to keep rain out so it does not become too wet and slimy.
Turn the mix with a garden fork or, ideally, fork it into a second bin and start to refill the first.
Depending on the heat generation, you should have good compost in 2 to 3 months to enhance your soil.

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