Organic matter: how to use in the garden

Organic matter is a much used term referring to a wide range of invaluable materials for feeding plants, improving soil and as mulch. Organic matter is sometimes referred to as 'soil improver' or 'soil conditioner' and soil organic matter as 'humus'. Many gardeners are uncertain of how to use organic matter, so we offer some tips on getting the best from it.

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Fruit trees after mulching with organic matter

Quick facts

'Soil improver' and 'soil conditioner' are alternative names for organic matter
Manures provide some plant nutrients, but some 'hungry' plants require fertiliser to give their best
They can be used to improve soil, growth and yield, as well as supress weeds
Manures and composts often prevent plant nutrient deficiencies
Organic matter improves soil structure and fertility

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