Mycorrhizal fungi sprouting from the ground.

The Magic of Mycorrhizae Fungi

Soil, when looked after, works wonders.  In fact, after years of abusing soil with tractors, chemicals and artificial fertilisers, we are only just starting to learn how well it works when treated well.  Much of that wonder comes down to Mycorrhizae Fungi.  Contents What is mycorrhizal fungi? To what extent does Mycorrhizal Fungi benefit plants? …

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Compost History: The Fascinating Story of an Ancient Science

Think the history of compost is boring? Think again. In this article you’ll find bones stolen from graveyards and battlefields to fertilise Yorkshire fields. You’ll find Egyptians facing death for stealing earthworms and ancient people using blood to fertilise their gardens. You’ll also find some sound principles and solutions that could well help us in …

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Turning compost on a plastic sheet.

How often should you turn compost?

Some composting systems recommend regularly turning compost piles. For example, for maximum speed the Berkely method recommends turning compost every single day until the compost is finished.  Other systems recommend turning compost infrequently, or even not at all.  Both systems can work – and both come with pros and cons. So in this article we’ll …

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