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The Wellbeing Garden with Cath Manuel

Join Horticulturist and expert organic gardener, Cath Manuel, for simple ideas and inspirations to improve health and wellbeing from plants, nature and fun gardening activities.
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Jan 19, 2017

Most of us struggle with the soil in our gardens. We find it too wet, too dry, unhealthy, lacking life AND our plants aren’t growing!

In this episode I’ll share simple tips for understanding soil types, how to improve it and what to add to build a healthy layer of soil to grow a healthy garden.

The good news is ALL soil types can be improved, even the unhealthiest of dirt!

Let’s start from the ground up…

  • Soil is actually a living system. Nurture it like you would any other living things
  • Get to know your soil type. Do you have sand, clay or a healthy loam?
  • Grow more plants! Don’t leave earth uncovered as you’ll lose top soil which is important for growing. Try growing Comfrey in your garden…it has many amazing uses! Here’s a video on growing Comfrey https://youtu.be/aUa9S-GtACc and using Comfrey https://youtu.be/FZ-LeldFwVk

Wherever you are located and whatever style of garden you have, follow simple methods to create healthy dirt to grow a healthy garden.

If you’re struggling with growing plants, pests in the garden or underproductive crops then consider building up your soil and you’ll notice a huge change in the health of your garden!! http://soiltosupper.com/a-thriving-garden/

If you’d like more information on growing a thriving garden then head over to www.soiltosupper.com and join our Club Community.

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Thanks for joining me in The Wellbeing Garden…now go get your hands in the dirt! ;)

Cath

Jan 4, 2017

Through my studies in Horticulture and Permaculture Design I’ve gained skills to create amazing gardens, and through the years I’ve developed simple methods to save time and money!

In this episode I share my simple methods for creating a new garden or for revamping existing gardens.

Here’s the simple steps I’ve covered…

  • When creating gardens the BEST place to start is with planning. This saves time and money! Create a vision board and add all the features and plants you’d like in your garden. Also consider how much time, money and space you have for these gardens. Create a ‘shopping list’ of the foods you enjoy eating as this helps with planning what to grow.

 

 “Dream BIG but start small. Make gardening a pleasure not a chore!”

  • Once you’ve planned your garden now it’s time to get your hands dirty! Time to create your garden. Follow your plans and start with paths, fences, seating and other garden elements.

 

Then create gardens by following a ‘no-dig’ method, set up an ‘in-garden’ compost system, plant trees and shrubs. Find links to these methods below.

  • After establishing your garden features and garden beds you can also start growing in containers.

 

Consider growing herbs, flowers and leafy greens. When potting use THE best potting mix you can buy and add extra fertiliser to feed plants long term.

  • The next step is to get your new plants growing! Follow the list you created of your favourite foods and start with these.

 

Also choose plants suitable for your climate and the current season and grow plants from seeds, seedlings or established plants.

  • Nurturing your garden is super important to keep your plants thriving and producing abundant crops.

 

Follow organic gardening methods, feed the soil not the plants, harvest foods regularly and observe everything going on so you can support your garden’s growth. Keep a garden kit on hand with all your favourite tools, equipment and organic garden products to save time when heading out to the garden!

Here’s links I’ve mentioned through this episode…

 

Want more ideas for designing your garden? Find my eBook ‘How to Design a Sustainable Garden’ or grab my free Monthly Garden Planner here - http://soiltosupper.com/resources/

 

Thanks for joining me in The Wellbeing Garden. Please contact me anytime you have any questions!

Growing with you,

Cath.

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