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Soil Management

Such an important subject that covers types of Soils; Compost; Fertilisers; Plant foods; Mulches and more. A critical component of container gardening well covered with sound advice and information.

Coffee Compost for Containers star
As an organic soil conditioner and fertiliser for plants, spent coffee grounds make a fine 'green' compost that will enhance your gardening space without a fuss – it’s a green gardening practice that costs very little except your effort. Smell the coffee and get going – it’s an amazing product!

Compost Tea - Fertilizer and Disease Prevention star
Because your plants have limited space for their roots to collect nutrients, they need extra care when it comes to feeding and disease prevention. Here is a recipe for an excellent liquid brew which you can use for amazing results!

Eek! Earthworms in my Containers! star
Earthworms and healthy soil are like bread and butter or bacon and eggs – okay apart but a winning combination when said and acted upon together. With earthworms in your containers you'll certainly notice the difference in yields. Introduce some to your pots soon – you will be pleased you did!

Mulches and Mulching star
What is mulch? When to mulch? Why mulch? How does mulching help containers? Who should mulch? Which mulch is best? Believe it or not this subject is a simple one but oh so important for your containers. Want answers to these questions plus some sound advice without too much ado? Read on …

Potting Soil Basics star
The term potting soil is actually a misnomer! Good potting soil should contain very little soil.

Potting Soil Specialized Recipes star
Different plant types have different needs: sun/shade requirements, water, temperature, nutrients. Soil requirements differ also – cactus prefer very well drained soil, azaleas prefer acidic, iris like alkaline soil. Here are recipes to make your potting soil match the needs of whatever you grow.

Worm Bin Composting for a Container Garden star
Worm bin composting is the perfect solution if you have no space for a composter or compost pile. All you need is some closet space and your kitchen food scraps to get high quality worm castings for your garden. Here are simple instructions to get you started, good for any type of worm bin.

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