SARAH THE GARDENER

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The root of the problem

On my journey to understanding my sandy soil from the plant to the soil, we have already found that the plant pretty much sucks up the water from the soil and releases it out of the leaves as water vapour…

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How do plants work?

Just to recap – I am on a journey to understanding my sandy soil that has taken me into the murky depths of soil and plant science to find clarity.  I am trying to understand the reason behind things, so…

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What makes soil tick

When you have great soil, you don’t really need to give it much thought.  Just pop the plants in, they grow wonderfully, you harvest a bountiful crop and then chuck in some more compost and fertilisers to replace what was…

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The dirty lowdown

I’ve been pleasantly surprised.  The sandy soil isn’t actually all that bad.  I always thought of it as a soulless substrate that contained very little goodness that needed amending within an inch of its life!  I believed those who had…

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Dirty Goodness

There is nothing that makes this girl happy like a load of dirt.  Well actually well-rotted manure would do it too!  To be honest, a house right now would put a smile on my face and I never say no…

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Chopping and changing.

It is funny the way you get used to things.  We’ve been out here living in a caravan for about 8 weeks or so.  And in those 8 weeks there hasn’t been a whole lot of activity to be seen,…

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40 days and 40 nights

It has been 40 days since we moved to our current homeless situation.   Actually it has been 41 days, and it is raining.   About now old Noah would be getting off his ark and releasing the animals two by two! …

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Bulbous tasks

I don’t know about you but sometimes I tend to put things off.  First it starts with ‘I’ll do it tomorrow’ and moving the intended chore by a few hours doesn’t seem that harmless.  Then life gets in the way…

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Irrigating the Garden

When you have a garden as large as mine, ensuring it is all properly irrigated can be a little overwhelming.  To be fair, over the years I did my best with what I could to set up systems and deliver…

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An invisible gardening hazard

My smile is about to become inconvenienced.  I could blame Global pollution for my troubles. But I have to take some responsibility.  I am a child of the 70s.  My childhood was spent outside playing from dawn to dusk in…

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