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Soil and fertilisers in Northamptonshire

You’re always hearing gardeners talking about using fertilisers in their gardens, or what they’re doing about improving the quality of their soil, but what does this all mean? Why are good soil and fertilisers so important? Before answering this question, we at The Garden Centre Guide would like to tell you about how awesome our site is for finding plenty of garden centres in Northamptonshire, where you can buy all types of fertilisers and a whole array of wonderful products to improve the soil in your garden! Now, onto why you need fertilisers and good soil for your garden.

Fertiliser

Often called plant food, fertiliser can be either natural matter or a mixture of chemicals that are used for improving a plant’s growth. Fertilisers come in water-soluble, granular, or liquid form and can be added as they are to soil or as compost to which fertiliser has already been mixed in. Several organic fertilisers are also available, such as bone meal and chicken manure.

Whether vegetables, fruit, or flowers, plants need nutrients, together with regular watering and sufficient sunlight, in order to thrive. Many compost varieties sold at garden centres contain a balanced amount of fertilisers to give your plants the boost they need.

How fertilisers work

Fertilisers provide all the essential nutrients needed for trees, vegetables and flowers to develop, very similar to what meal replacement supplements or multi-vitamins do for humans. Several fertilisers also enhance the way soil works, by allowing air to flow freely and helping it to retain moisture, both of which are crucial for the roots of plants.

Nitrogen, Potassium and phosphorus are the main ingredients of most fertilisers, with all of these elements being essential for plant growth. Although nutrients are normally found naturally in soil, they can disappear if there is a drainage issue or other problems. You’re giving Mother Nature a helping hand when you add fertiliser to your soil.

Soil

The condition of your soil might not be the first thing you think about when planting time comes around, but after digging a little deeper, you’ll see why having good soil is essential for producing thriving plants. Then you’ll realise why just going ahead with planting in the soil you have in your garden isn’t always a good idea.

Good soil is vital for strong roots, whether you need potting mix for use in containers or for soil in your garden planting beds. Roots need some things to thrive, just like leaves do, and these things include the right environment, air, water and of course, nutrients in the soil. The correct amount of spacing between plants is also important, so that roots can travel freely wherever they need to go. If roots are happy in the soil they’re growing in, then the plant above-ground, will thrive too.

Why are good soil and fertilisers so important? The bottom line is that plants, and this includes the entire plant, roots and all, need good soil and fertiliser to thrive, end of story. Where to get the fertilisers and other things you need to improve the quality of soil in your garden is easy. Simply visit The Garden Guide site, find garden centres in Northamptonshire, and start choosing from the wide variety of fertilisers and soil enhancers they have to offer, to suit your particular gardening needs.

Alderton Plant Nursery

Pury Lane
Alderton, NN12 7LW

B&Q Kettering

Meadow Road
Kettering, NN16 8TL

B&Q Northampton

Nene Valley Retail Park, Towcester Road
Northampton, NN1 1BQ

B&Q Wellingborough

Castlefields Retail Park, London Road
Wellingborough, NN8 2DP

Barnsdale Gardens

The Avenue, Exton
Oakham, LE15 8AH

Bell Plantation Garden Centre

Watling Street
Towcester, NN12 6GX

Billing Garden Store

The Causeway Great Billing
Northampton, NN3 9EX

Bliss Lane Nursery

34 Bliss Lane Flore
Northampton, NN7 4LJ

Bosworth's Nurseries and Garden Centre

Finedon Road, Burton Latimer
Kettering, NN15 5QA

Cedar Nurseries

Poplars Farm, Poplars Lane
Northampton, NN6 9SW

Christopher W Warwick

The Nurseries
Northampton, NN7 1HJ

Cramden Nursery

Harborough Road North
Northampton, NN2 8LU

Crick Garden Centre

West Haddon Rd
Crick, NN6 7SQ

Dennetts Garden Centre

Wood Farm, London Road
Daventry, NN11 4ND

Dobbies Garden Centres Harlestone Heath

Harlestone Road
NN5 6UJ, United Kindom

Drywood Nursery

Newport Pagnell Road
Northampton, NN7 2BX

Finedon Garden Centre

Tanns Yard, Podington Irthlingborough Road
Wellingborough, NN9 5EH

Flowercraft Garden Nursery

Roseacre Barn Lane
Milton Malsor, NN7 3AG

Golby's Garden Centre

Tollgate Way, Duston
Northampton, NN5 6ES

Green Lane Garden Centre

Brackley Rd
Towcester, NN12 6JD

Greenfellows Garden Centre

Yelvertoft Rd Crick
Northampton, NN6 7TF

Harlestone Heath Garden Centre

Harlestone Road
Northampton, NN5 6UJ

Hassett Plant Centre

Old Quarry Field, Harborough Road, Harborough Road
Northampton, NN6 9RU

Homebase Daventry

Abby Retail Park Welton Road
Daventry, NN11 4GL

Homebase Northampton Riverside Park

Riverside Business Park
Northampton, NN3 9HU

Homebase Northampton Weedon Road

Weedon Rd
Northampton, NN5 5DE

Homebase Towcester

Old Tiffield Road
Towcester, NN12 6PF

Homebase Wellingborough

Turnells Mill Lane, Victoria Pk
Wellingborough, NN8 2RN

Howitt's Aquatic & Garden Centre

291 Rockingham Road
Corby, NN17 2AE

Ise Garden Centre

Warkton lane
Kettering, NN15 5AA

Northampton Garden Centre

Newport Pagnell Road, Wootton
Northampton, NN4 6HP

Nursery Further Afield

Evenley Road
Brackley, NN13 5YR

Paynes Nurseries

192 Watling Street East
Towcester, NN12 8LB

Plenti-full-Pots

Falcutt Hall Farm, Welsh Lane
Brackley, NN13 5QY

Podington Garden Centre

High Street
Wellingborough, NN29 7HS

Ravensthorpe Nursery

6 East Haddon Road Ravensthorpe
Northampton, NN6 8ES

Roman Way Garden Centre

8 Watling Street
Towcester, NN12 7QN

Seasons Garden Centre

69 Cranford Road
Kettering, NN15 5LZ

Tandee Nursery & Plant Centre

Bamwell Road, Thurning, Oundle
Peterborough, PE8 5RH

The Barn Oundle

Barnwell Road
Oundle, PE8 5PB

The Bell Plantation

Watling Street
Towcester, NN12 6GX

The Garden Shop UK

194 London Road
Kettering, NN15 6DT

Van Hage Peterborough Garden Park

Peterborough Road, Eye
Peterborough, PE1 4YZ

Wellingborough, A Wyevale Garden Centre

Millers Lane
Wellingborough, NN8 2NF

Whilton Locks Garden Store

Whilton Locks
Daventry, NN11 5NH

Wickes Kettering Extra

Northfield Ave
Kettering, Nn16 9Ts

Wickes Northampton

18 Tyne Road
Northampton, Nn5 5Af

Wickes Rushden

Crown Way
Rushden, Nn10 6Bt

Wilkinson Alnwick

6 Lagny Street, Alnwick
Alnwick, NE66 1NJ

Wilkinson Kettering

13/17 NEWLAND STREET
Kettering, NN16 8JH

Wilkinson Northampton

26-28 Gold Street
Northampton, NN1 1RS

Wilkinson Rushden

1 EATON WALK
Rushden, NN10 9SH

Wilkinson Wellingborough

77/80 CORN LANE
Wellingborough, NN8 1EZ

Wilkinson Weston Favell

UNIT 7E, WESTON FAVELL SHOPPING CENTRE
Weston Favell, NN3 9HH

Woodmeadow Garden Centre

Kettering Road
Northampton, NN6 9TD