The Free Garden

As a garden designer I need to be creative with a design, but also save a customer money!! Firstly, soil and in particular good compost will aid moisture retention and help suppress weeds, as well as feeding your plants, vegetables etc… Making your own organic soil improver from vegetable and fruit peelings, leaves, plant waste, grass, tea bags etc is a great way of improving soil and recycling. It is important to mix these materials and leave air pockets to help the rotting process. Next, the plants themselves and collecting seeds from a previous years flowers… Make sure the seeds are fully mature and it is best to put these straight into a paper bag. Once collected you will need to filter out any debris or insects by tipping onto white paper to help see the wood for the trees. Finally put in a clean envelope and place in a …

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