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Soil Mix for Mobile Container Gardens and Vermicomposting
Hi, I have just moved to the lovely warm climate of the BOP. I am keen to start a container vege/herb garden (I need it to be portable, as I live in a flat). I was wondering what is the best soil mix to use (what should I include/what ratio's?) and what are the benefits of mulch and compost - what are the best sources/make-up of a good mulch and compost, and can I make use of it in container gardening, and having no permanent back yard.
Also, where can I find out about worm-gardening? Can't find any info.
Definitely useful in containers
it covers and protects soil (eg from temperature variations, drying winds and sun and suppresses weeds)
- enhances conditions for root growth and activity of soil organisms
- types of mulch include straw, leaves, sawdust, newspaper, compost, stones
- if using straw, leaves, sawdust or newspaper use a nitrogen source, eg blood and bone or seaweed
- sawdust acts as a moisture barrier (use untreated)
compost - contains nutrients. For the mobile gardener either buy an organic compost or try vermicomposting - worm compost is ideal and very rich in nutrients. Compost also has good water holding capacity - spread on top and water in.
stones - good heat store
Where you have no garden, the best way of recycling household waste is using worms. Vermicomposts can be made in any enclosed container with a lid. To consume five kilograms of food a week, the worms will need a 0.3 to 0.4 square metre container. For more information see the Earthworm FAQ at The Compost Resource Page, (informative website, intended to serve as a hub of information for anyone interested in the various aspects of composting).
See also How to make your own seed and potting composts on the Henry Doubleday Research Assn UK website.