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How earthworms could increase the world’s food production

Earthworms are a common friend to home gardeners, but now they are being considered as a serious tool to improve the world’s arable soil.

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Growing saffron: troubleshooting problems

Saffron is an undemanding crop, so why is your saffron struggling? Here are the seven most common reasons.

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The best trees & shrubs for clay soil

Clay soil can be tough to work with, but you can manage and prepare your clay soil to make it suitable for a large range of tress & shrubs.

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The Pros & Cons of Sandy Soils

Sand is quite light, and usually well drained. This means that while they are easy to work with, they run the risk of drying out.

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The Pros & Cons of Silt Soils

Silt is smooth to touch, and retains water well (and is therefore poor-draining). Even though it is fertile, it doesn't retain nutrients or heat well.

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The Pros & Cons of Loam Soils

Loam has many gradients, and is usually a mixture of clay and sand. A medium loam is often considered to be the most versatile soil type for farming, and the easiest to cultivate.

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The Pros & Cons of Clay Soils

The heaviest of soil types, clay can be very difficult to work with, especially when wet, but has the potential to be very fertile for many crops.

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Identifying soil types & their uses

Discover how to identify different soil types, and determine the best crops to grow based on the soil type.

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Lincoln University launches Bachelor of Agribusiness and Food Marketing

Lincoln University has launched the new Bachelor of Agribusiness and Food Marketing for students wanting to understand the key principles of food processing & safety, nutrition, and commercial considerations of the food industry.

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New Zealand’s Green Roofs

Discover New Zealand’s green roofs, the benefits they are having to the environment, and what installing one might involve.

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