By Bob Flowerdew
Based on Flowerdew, the main to profitable natural gardening is operating with nature, instead of opposed to it, to get your vegetation to thrive. this custom is named better half planting, and it really is defined during this quantity with a mode that's either no-nonsense and reader-friendly. subject matters variety from vegetation that compete for nutrition to crops that enhance their soil for destiny plants. Gardeners of all degrees will examine from spouse Planting and their gardens will take advantage of chuffed and fit crops.
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Alternatively, the leaves may become bluish and eventually bronzed all over. An excess can result in plants not being able to take up magnesium (see below) and could cause an imbalance with other elements. Treating a potassium deficiency Use an application of rock potash (see p. 41 ). Another element required in relatively large amounts, calcium neutralizes certain acids formed in plants and helps in the manufacture of protein. Deficiency is rare in a well-managed organic garden, but plants sometimes develop an inability to distribute calcium through their systems, though no one really knows why this occurs.
This can be measured in units using a pH test. Simply put, pH is measured in units on a scale of 1 to 14: neutral soil has a pH of 7; anything above that is alkaline and anything below it, acid. Testing the lime content of your soil is very simple and can be done at home (see next page ). In the ornamental garden it is best to grow plants that thrive in the soil you have, rather than trying to change the pH level. There is a wide range of lime-loving plants, as well as those that prefer acid soil and many that tolerate both (see pp.
However, if your soil is particularly light (sand or chalk), it is advisable to keep it covered with something if it is likely to be vacant for any length of time. This would generally 33 On light soils in particular, the biggest loss of nutrients occurs in the winter through leaching or drainage during wet weather (see pp. 16–17 ). A crop of green manure in the winter will prevent this, and is therefore very valuable. Green-manure crops also serve to suppress weeds. They generally cover the ground well, providing shade and competition for water and soil nutrients that will discourage all but the most tenacious weeds (see p.
Companion Planting (Bob's Basics) by Bob Flowerdew