The single most important thing you can do to improve your vegetable growing yield is to build up the soil. Keeping your soil nutrient rich with organically developed fertiliser or composts encourages the healthy growth of all plants.
Loose fertile soil, often found in managed allotments or raised beds is ideal for vegetable growing. When managed correctly the combinations of nutrients and plant spacing will yield a perfect growing environment for years to come.
The ideal soil for vegetables to develop long running roots and take up nutrients is a crumbly loam which is both easy to work with and retains moisture while allowing air to freely enter the soil. Our standard screened topsoil or vegi-topsoil provides the perfect growing media to match these properties, but if you plan on using your existing soil our range of composts and soil improvers can modify your existing topsoil into a fertile loam suitable for growing.
- To improve your existing topsoil, first rake over the soil and remove any turf, weeds or any other unwanted materials.
- It’s important to cycle what you grow to limit the chance of disease or pests settling in the area. If you are improving an existing vegetable patch be sure to remove the vegetables you no longer wish to grow.
- Add our compost or soil improver to the existing topsoil to at least 2 inches in depth to allow for a good layer of nutrients. There is no need to mix the compost in with the existing topsoil, nature will handle this for you.
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Organic Compost - A PAS100 certificated organic compost that has been screened to 10mm. Being very
friable and light in weight, organic compost can be used in various applications to include soil conditioning and mixing into compost. Adds nutrient and organic matter. An excellent alternative to peat with the benefit of doing your bit for the environment!