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Planning Your Plot – Crop Rotation 0

Posted on February 05, 2013 by Samantha Ford

Garden Crop RotationLast time, I started my discussion on how to plan your garden so that it is most productive all year round by giving advice on companion planting.  Companion planting, or the practice of growing vegetables with herbs and flowers, is useful for deterring pests and keeping the soil in balance as different crops need different nutrients as they grow.  However, whilst some crops return nutrients to the soil that can be used by others, if members of the same crop family are grown together in the same place year after year, nutrients can be depleted and pests will be encouraged to return.  Most farmers and many seasoned gardeners follow the practice of crop rotation to improve yield, moving crop families around the plot each year in a particular order.

Even in a small garden, crops can be rotated to take advantage of the many benefits.  In fact, I recently designed a system of rotated raised beds for a family to grow food on their garden patio.  The children really enjoyed growing the tomatoes and courgettes in particular.  Hopefully, the following advice will encourage you to try it for yourself – no excuse!

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Gardening Advice – On the Road 0

Posted on August 04, 2010 by Original Touch Seeds

Original Touch is shortly to announce a series of gardening advice road shows.  Buoyed by the positive feedback from recent public talks and a number of appearance requests from local gardening clubs plans are underway for a number of talks during the autumn of 2010.  Original Touch director, Samantha Ford, said “we are very excited about the plans we are making and they are all the result of the great feedback we have received following recent talks for the Co-Op and local gardening groups.  During the past couple of years so many people have taken up gardening and especially growing their own vegetables and the thirst for knowledge is immense.  We like to keep things fairly simple and fun so we concentrate on crop rotation, companion planting, natural pest control and new or unusual seed varieties.  We are planning to also talk about herbs and the many varieties we can all grow, mostly very easily.  We all have knowledge to learn and knowledge to give ”.

Talks are already confirmed such as with the Lincolnshire Organic Gardeners Association on October 25th in Lincoln (venue details) where, it will not be a surprise to learn, organic gardening is the topic.

The new dates are due to be announced by the end of August once final venue arrangements have been confirmed.

If you would like Original Touch to talk to your group or have an idea for a presentation then why not let us know.  You can call us on 01673 866677 or email us, or why not leave a comment here, and we’ll get back to you straight away.


Organic Gardening 1

Posted on July 26, 2010 by Original Touch Seeds

Samantha Ford of Original Touch with a selection of her vegetables.

Everyone learns something new at one of Samantha Ford's Gardening talks.

Original Touch have been asked to give a presentation and talk to the Lincolnshire Organic Gardeners’ Organisation following a very sucessful presentation on behalf of Lincolnshire Co-Op given during the recent Lincolnshire County Show.  Read the rest of this entry →




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