Peat-free gardeners gold, leaf mould

There are amazing things about winter in the garden; taking time from the ‘doing’ to  simply ‘be’, enjoying bird song and occasional truly still days and, once you feel the need to get active and keep warm, making leaf mould, the ideal alternative to peat at no extra cost to our environment.


This magic stuff makes a great weed-free mulch* and the best peat-free substitute for sowing seed into or mixing with garden compost for potting compost. Once you’ve tried it, you will never be without it, so find a corner or a spot behind the bin and let nature do the rest. *Material used to improve the soil or to prevent weed regrowth.



Nuture your soil

If you have ever had the pleasure, and let’s face it, the privilege of working with soil, you will no doubt know just how good it can feel. But, whilst words can rarely describe the feeling of increased well being when taking care and making a connection to this vital life source, it is time to put words and actions to the link between healthy soils and our fight against climate change.  Soil is the next frontier; a healthy soil holds and captures carbon, stores and delivers water when and where required and is home to billions of bacteria and microbes central to our existence. It’s mind blowing to be honest. Yet now, the very substance that sustains us, needs us. Taking a regenerative approach, to rebuilding our soils and associated ecosystems is gaining ground but urgent action, at ALL levels is required. It’s our turn in our gardens, allotments and shared greenspaces to nourish, replenish and yes, quite simply worship the ground beneath our feet.  So, if you have a little bit of soil to work and nurture you can make a difference. Here’s How

‘Nuture your Soil’ is part of our post COP26 series GetGrowingGreener supporting you to take positive action, locally.