Nitrogen is one of the major micronutrients required by plants. It is one of the most common factors limiting their growth in many ecosystems. Most leguminous and some non-leguminous (actinorhizal) plants can form symbiotic relationships with bacteria that convert atmospheric nitrogen to ammonia – a form that can be taken up and used by plants.Continue reading “Nitrogen fixing plants – a poster”
We’ve got loads to say on compost. Plenty to write, maybe some how to’s, comparisons, love letters. It’s true, we love compost. Our friends over in Derby are running a Composting 101 course on 30 January in Markeaton. Check it out if you’re keen to learn how to get started at home or on yourContinue reading “Up your compost game”
Sium sisarum. A perennial parsnip. Well, sort of. Skirret was a vegetable that the Romans introduced to the British isles. Probably from China before the Romans cultivated this forgotten root veg. It was a favourite of Emperor Tiberius – if that doesn’t sway you to include it in your garden, well… Skirret will reward youContinue reading “Plant profile: skirret”
Ryan has cut a stand of a dozen hazel on his allotment. They were planted 5 years ago, so are 7 year old plants. If you’d like some limited edition pea sticks and/or bean poles, just e-mail us.