Page 3, 15th September 1950

15th September 1950
Page 3
Page 3, 15th September 1950 — i GARDENING

Report an error

Noticed an error on this page?
If you've noticed an error in this article please click here to report it.



Related articles


Page 3 from 8th October 1948

Garden By E. J. King

Page 3 from 9th November 1945

Garden In War E.j. 0y King

Page 3 from 24th November 1944

A New Compost Heap The Intelligent Way To Use Compost

Page 3 from 24th February 1950

I Gardening I This Is Probably The Best Time To

Page 3 from 2nd November 1951


BEFORE long there will be a great

deal of herbaceous rubbish which can be turned into good compost, and the accumulation of leafy crops in late autumn makes it desirable to start a new compost heap.

If we have plenty of room this can be done without turning out our existing supply, and those with large suburban or country gardens usually do try to have several heaps on the go; but if we have only one, we should try to remove the uncooked top layers and use all the properly fermented compost now. The good compost can be spread lightly over the surface between standing crops; but that is not a good way for several reasons. One is that winter-standing crops should be grown hardy and without rich feeding. Another is that it is preferable to give good dressings of compost to limited areas, and work round the garden in rotation, perhaps over several years. Finally, though there is much to be said for using compost as a mulch (on the surface), on most soils it is preferable to dig it lightly into the top few inches to create a good filth.

Therefore we ought to use it to cultivate a vacant patch, preferably One just vacated by roots. Looking forward to next season, We ought to prepare the soil especially for salads, pod crops and onion. The soil in frames and under cloches needs a very great deal of good compost, to help conserve texture and moisture for a succession of crops. Much failure under glass is due to lack of humus in the soil.

blog comments powered by Disqus