Garden soil care - Helpful hints

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How to test soil ph level in garden soils - Ph soil test kit Why test soil pH level in your garden soil - Benefits
Soil pH in levels can effect the way your plants absorb nutrients. Find out the optimum ph level for your plant type to grow healthy plants. More Info

 

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How to Grow - correcting clay soils in the garden Correcting clay soils in the garden
When building new gardens it’s the perfect time to prepare the soil, and if you have clay soils, it is very important to build up the soil before planting.

Clay soils are usually very slow draining, and stick together in clods when wet. If they dry out, they crack and go as hard as bricks. If clay soils are left as they are, they can be a problem to grow plants in, but on a good note, clay soils are very rich in nutrients, they just require good preparation before planting. More Info

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How to control and treat - dry soils Why is my soil always dry and repels water?
Ever wondered why your plants still look wilted no matter how much you water your pots, lawns or gardens. This is because you have soil "dry-out". Here's why
 

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Why mulch a garden - mulching tips Why mulch a garden?
Mulching a garden has many benefits, most we already know, but before you start laying it, think about the different types of mulches and find out the right way to apply them. This can save you time, money, effort and keep your plants happier. Here's why
 

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How to Grow - growing healthy soils for planting How to create healthy soils
A healthy soil is the first essential step to growing healthy plants. Healthy soils are full of organic matter and humus, teeming with beneficial microbial activity, earthworms and an abundance of nature’s wonderful little helpers. Plants growing in rich, healthy soil are vibrant, full of vitality and health, having few or rare problems with pest attack, diseases or nutrient deficiencies.

On the other hand, plants grown in soils with little organic matter and poor microbial activity are much more likely to suffer those problems. Such plants are not as healthy and generally have less brilliant blooms; in the case of fruit and vegetables, quality and quantity is poorer. So the key to growing healthy plants is first to build up a healthy garden soil! Here's how

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How to control and treat - iron deficiency

What iron deficiency look like?
Iron deficiency (iron chlorosis) is a common problem in Australian gardens and can cause serious problems to plant health and vigour. The symptoms however are easy to both recognise and treat. 


Iron deficiency first appears as a ‘veiny’ look on new growth, with a darker green pigmentation retained on the leaf veins and the rest of the leaf developing a pale or yellowish green colour. Here's how to treat iron deficiency

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