Composting with worms

You have no-doubt heard of the benefits of using earth worms to help break down green waste and convert it to superb compost. Worms are great allies for the gardener - in fact, if all worms on the planet died (as with bees), life as we know it would cease.

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Sleeping problems – natural remedies

For those of us unlucky enough to suffer from broken sleep, we will think nothing of popping down to the local chemist for a chemical remedy. Well, there is a great natural remedy that any of us can try and produce for free.

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Quick & easy composting

You can never have too much compost. Organic materials mixed into your soil will improve structure, balance drainage and increase nutrients. Bacteria and other friendly soil dwelling creatures such as earth worms will also benefit from compost as a mulch (left on the surface), or partially dug-in.

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Growing onions from seed

Since ancient times, they have been used for medicinal application. They are antiseptic, antibacterial, anti-asthmatic, can lower blood pressure/cholesterol and are rich in vitamin C and A.

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Sempervivums

There are many plants that are very good at coping with extremes in weather, Sempervivums, also known as Houseleeks or Liveforever are such plants

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Wild edible weeds

We all love to hate the myriad of wild weeds that grow on our allotment plots and in our gardens, stealing valuable nutrients and crowding and smothering our prize vegetables. But did you know that many of these little invaders can in fact be used to line our precious stomachs?

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Your allotment – is it worth while?
James Middleton - Allotmenteer

Your allotment – is it worth while?

Many years ago, when I was considering getting my first allotment, my employer at the time said to me "There is no point in getting an allotment. You have to put so many hours in; if you were to work overtime and earn the money, you would have all of the food you'd ever need and live like a king!"

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8 allotment tips

The following allotment and gardening tips are in no particular order. They cover little things that I have discovered along the way that help save time, money, effort and heart-break on my allotment.

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How to build a hot bed
Warming soil with a hotbed

How to build a hot bed

A hot bed is basically a trench filled with organic materials and capped into a mound with top soil. This method was very popular with the Victorians and is one of the most economical and rewarding ways to produce a good crop. You should expect high fertility for at least 4 years or until the mound flattens.

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