Improving soil is different from simply adding fertilizer. Although fertilizer contains key nutrients, these are used up fairly quickly, and it won’t do anything for the structure, or long-term fertility of the soil. For that, you need to add organic matter, and it’s worth doing once every year. Late autumn is a good time to prep your beds and borders because the garden is quiet and ready for the winter, but any time from late autumn to early spring will work.
Recently every night on the news we are reminded of the drought our state is now experiencing. It is very important to know how to create a water-wise garden and grow plants that require less additional water. At the greenhouse, we hear that customers want to save water, but don’t want their yard to look like a desert. It is possible to reduce your water consumption and still have a beautiful garden.