Soil that is good in heart will always help you grow the best produce - whether that’s fruit, vegetables or flowers - so it’s important to keep your soil in good shape. Good soil is essential for anchorage of plants, providing oxygen, water and nutrients as well as protecting plants from big fluctuations in temperature. The better the quality of soil in your garden, the more nutrients, water and oxygen your plants will receive and the better the overall results will be.

Whichever type of soil you have in your garden or allotment, it can always be improved. The best way of doing this is to add organic matter which contains the magical ingredient and secret to great soil: ‘humus’.