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Compost toilets in the UK: buying a commercial loo

Composting toilets are less fuss, less of a fright, and less expensive to install than you might think.

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Compost toilets in the UK: introduction

Compost toilets in the UK: introduction

An introduction to compost loos, which are set to become more popular as the cost of mains water rises.

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No dig gardening

No dig gardening

No dig gardening replaces the annual dig with an annual top-dressing of a couple of inches of compost. Just spread the compost on and leave it be!

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Which tractor? Lawn and garden tractor sales for beginners

Buying a ride-on mower or small tractor can be a very expensive minefield.

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Leaf mould: making leafmould compost

Leaf mould compost makes a great low-nutrient soil improver or mulch, and is hardly any effort.

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What to do with compost: making your own potting soil mix

Home made compost is too rich and heavy for potting up plants and seedlings, but you can blend it to make an ideal potting compost.

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Compost bins compared: which type is best for you?

Choosing a composter needn't be confusing! Popular bin types compared.

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Making compost: getting the mix right

Making compost: getting the mix right

The balance of 'browns' to 'greens' is important for making good compost, however you make it.

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Soil – the most important part of any garden

Soil – the most important part of any garden

Really successful growing begins and ends with healthy soil.

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Compost: What sort of composter are you?

Compost: What sort of composter are you?

Is compost a means... or an end?

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Moles; garden mole traps, repellents and a dose of tolerance

Moles; garden mole traps, repellents and a dose of tolerance

Moles are bad news, and difficult to eradicate. But you can work round them, once you understand how they live

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How to landscape your garden or plot

Landscaping is a messy, damaging business - so do it early and do it right.

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Can compost be truly organic? Part 3

Can compost be truly organic? Part 3

Why so-called ‘organic’ composts are nothing of the sort - despite what they may say on the bag.

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Can compost be truly organic? Part 2

Can compost be truly organic? Part 2

So - are the contents of that bag of 'organic' compost really organic? This should give you a pretty good idea...

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Can compost be truly organic? Part 1

A bag of organic compost - or is it? The contents may surprise you.

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Using a chicken tractor or ark

Using a chicken tractor or ark

Using a chicken tractor or ark is sometimes recommended for clearing ground. But do they actually work?

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Clearing overgrown ground

Clearing overgrown ground

Clearing an overgrown area with a line trimmer and a light-excluding mulch.

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Guerrilla gardening

Guerrilla gardening

Guerrilla gardeners grow flowers, trees or food on scraps of neglected or poorly-maintained land without permission.

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Review: the Growveg garden planner

Review: the Growveg garden planner

The Growveg garden planner claims to take the hard work out of making the most of your growing space. But is it up to the job?

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Making garden paths

Making garden paths

Paths are really useful in vegetable gardens, whether in outside or in a polytunnel. And they're easy to make.

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How to make a tyre stack compost bin

How to make a tyre stack compost bin

A simple tyre stack worm bin is rat-proof and entirely free to make, and will eat food waste which can’t go on a regular compost heap.

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Gardenshare schemes – an alternative to allotments

Gardenshare schemes – an alternative to allotments

Gardenshare schemes pair up would-be growers with people who have land, but aren't using it. We discuss the pros and cons.

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Crop Rotation

Crop Rotation

An introduction to crop rotation, and how it can be used to prevent diseases and nutrient imbalances in vegetable gardens.

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How to make a dead hedge

Dead hedges are the most ancient form of hedging, and are easy to make. In the garden they make effective windbreaks

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Growing in a community farm or garden

Growing in a community farm or garden

Community farm or garden projects are run co-operatively instead of being divided into individually-managed plots.

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Growing in a back yard plot

Growing in a back yard plot

You don’t need to have a 'proper' vegetable garden to grow your own food - just access to light.

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Growing on an allotment

Growing on an allotment

Allotments are small plots of public land made available for individuals to use for growing their own food. We discuss the pros and cons.
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