This is not the definitive text on beneficial soil bacteria by any means, but will hopefully give the uninitiated a rough overview of their role (and importance) in the soil food web, especially in relation to organic gardening. Like most living things Bacteria are stimulated by food and there happens to be an abundance of …

There are two main types of mycorrhizae, usually referred to as Endo and Ecto. The majority of garden plants and vegetables are “Endomycorrhizal”. The main exceptions are some hard woods, oak trees for example, which are “Ectomychorrizal” and brassicas which are non mycorrhizal. The different TNC Mycorr products contain either a variety of endo-mychorrhizae or …

Many gardeners (and that used to include me) are confused by phrases like loam soil, garden loam or loam based and are not sure exactly what is meant by “loam”. An on line search for a definition of loam will probably result in more questions than answers as well as different meanings of the word …

The information on the back of a bottle or packet of fertiliser can be difficult to understand you may even find yourself asking “What is NPK and what does it mean?”. It may list the ingredients and appear to give the % of each element, however things are not as simple as they may appear. …

How to prevent rose replant disease or what causes soil sickness in rose beds are two common questions, although the problem doesn’t just apply to roses. It can apply to many species and fruit trees in particular. Some rootstocks seem to be more resistant than others but it is a fact that for some plants, …

Mycorrhizal fungi are beneficial fungi which inhabit the root zone of many plant species. In fact as many as 85% of all plants throughout the world are known to host mycorrhizal colonies and estimates from some sources put the figure as high as 95%. Some mycorrhizae species actually penetrate the plant roots and others live …