Topsoil – There’s Lots Going On Under Foot

Topsoil is the name given to the uppermost layer of our earths surface, This fine layer, often only 15cm in depth is what gives life to all plants, flowers & trees on our planet and is home to hundreds of thousands of different insect species. The surface layers of our planet are broken into 5 ...

Soil Renew & Soil Health

Soil Renew & Soil Health
The importance of soil health is becoming more and more in focus in recent years and this can only bring good things for the future of our environment, countryside & all the plants and animals that live within it. Soil renew is one of a new wave of products that in recent years has found ...

Raised Bed Preparation & Reduced Cultivation

Raised Bed Preparation & Reduced Cultivation
Preparing your vegetable beds for spring sowing can start as early as the previous autumn. The sooner you prepare the soil of your raised beds the better chance your soil will have to settle down and for life to return to it after the turmoil of the digging & weeding   These days reduced cultivation ...

Why Use Vermiculite in Growing Mediums

Why Use Vermiculite in Growing Mediums
Sowing seeds and growing plants is an age old tradition but with time and research a whole host of new techniques and products are being made available to gardeners and nuresries to create the most ideal growing conditions for plants. One such product is Vermiculite and while this has been around for years, its use ...

How To & Why Use Garden Lime

How To & Why Use Garden Lime
For centuries Irish farmers have been adding lime to agricultural land to improve a range of conditions. Lime is a common component of soils in the midlands of Ireland. But along the south and west coasts where acidic soils are more common lime can be lacking and should be added to improve soil conditions There ...

Weed Control Fabric Can Prevent Land Drains Blockages

Weed Control Fabric Can Prevent Land Drains Blockages
With all the rain washing around the place lately much of the land is soaked to the bone. In many cases fields, gardens, parks and playgrounds are completely inaccessible due to flooding or just soft ground. Atlantic storms have been battering Ireland since the start of the year and at the moment don’t appear to ...

Growing Acidic Plants in Raised Beds

Growing Acidic Plants in Raised Beds
There are endless reasons why raised beds are suitable for vegetable growing and garden plants in general. Not only do raised beds make general plant maintenance such as weeding, pruning and planting easier they also allow for better growing conditions for plants and vegetables. There are a range of plants, fruits and vegetables that prefer ...

Garden Sieve & Sowing Seeds

Garden Sieve & Sowing Seeds
Successful seedlings need good contact between soil and seed coat. When growing herbs and vegetables from seed it is always recommended that you use potting compost. What really make potting compost different from other standard composts is the fine and fluffy texture of its constituents. The fine particles of potting compost sit tightly around and ...

Use a Soil Test Kit to Determine Your Soil Nutrient Status

Use a Soil Test Kit to Determine Your Soil Nutrient Status
Farm yard manure is the holy trinity when it comes to garden soil. It is so because it offers soil the three most important components. They are; nutrients, drainage and micro organisms. These three components are what good soils are all about and if your soil test kit tells you that your soil is lacking ...

HowtoGarden.ie – Welcome

HowtoGarden.ie - Welcome
HowtoGarden.ie is an online resource for gardeners in Ireland.   Over the coming months and years we will be covering such topics as growing flowers, trees, fruit and your own vegetables.   We will also be providing free information on how to maintain your plants, trees, shrubs and lawns along with invaluable tips on tool maintenance and ...