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Soil and fertilisers in Oxfordshire

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 Oxfordshire, 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 Oxfordshire, and start choosing from the wide variety of fertilisers and soil enhancers they have to offer, to suit your particular gardening needs.

A40 Nursery and Garden Centre

67 Old Witney Road Eynsham
Witney, OX29 4PU

Abingdon Garden Plants

Lodge Hill
Abingdon, OX14 2JD

Applegarth Nurseries

Banbury Road
Chipping Norton, OX7 5SY

B&Q Abingdon

11, Nuffield Way
Abingdon, OX14 1RL

B&Q Banbury

Marley Way Industrial Estate
Banbury, OX16 2RL

B&Q Witney

Thorney Leys Park Ducklington
Witney, OX28 4GF

Bampton Garden Plants

Buckland Road
Bampton, OX18 2AA

Barn Farm

Wardington
Banbury, OX17 1SN

Bicester Avenue Garden Centre

Bicester Avenue, Oxford Road
Bicester, OX25 2NY

Burford Garden Company

Shilton Road
Burford, OX18 4PA

Cassington Nurseries

Yarnton Road
Witney, OX29 4DY

Charlton Park Garden Centre

Charlton Road
Wantage, OX12 8EP

Chilton, A Wyevale Garden Centre

Newbury Road Chilton
Didcot, OX11 0QN

Chinnor Garden Centre

Thame Road
Chinnor, OX39 4QS

Eldridge Growers

Oak Cottage, Ardley Road
Bicester, OX25 4AD

Farnborough Garden Centre

The Bungalow
Banbury, OX17 1EL

Fieldfare Nurseries

Field Fair
Witney, OX29 8AA

Freeland Gardens

Freeland Gardens Cottage, Wroslyn Road
Witney, OX29 8AQ

Hillier Garden Centre Banbury

Compton Road
Banbury, OX16 2PR

Hilltop Garden Centre & Nursery

Witney Road
Chipping Norton, OX7 3AS

Homebase Abingdon

Marcham Road
Abingdon, OX14 1BY

Homebase Banbury

Southam Road
Banbury, OX16 2AD

Homebase Bicester

Launton Rd Retail Park, Launton Rd
Bicester, OX26 4JQ

Homebase Oxford Botley Road

Unit 1 Seacourt Towers
Oxford, OX2 0JJ

Homebase Oxford Cowley

Horsepath Driftway
Oxford, OX3 7JN

Lashlake Nurseries

Chinnor Road
Thame, OX9 3QZ

M J Gee

Garden Cottage, Pyrton
Watlington, OX49 5AN

Marcham Plants

Hyde Farm Nurseries, Abingdon Road
Abingdon, OX13 6NX

Mill View Plant Centre

Ladder Hill
Oxford, OX33 1HY

Millets Farm Garden Centre - Frosts

Kingston Road Frilford
Abingdon, OX13 5HB

Newington Nurseries

Newington
Wallingford, OX10 7AW

Nicholson Nurseries

The Park, North Aston
Bicester, OX25 6HL

North Leigh Garden Centre

101 Park Road
Witney, OX29 6SB

Notcutts Garden Centre-Oxford

Mattocks Nurseries Nuneham Courtenay
Oxford, OX44 9PY

Oxford Garden Centre

Southern By Pass
South Hinksey, OX1 5AR

Pivotal Contracts

The Old Dairy, Prescott Manor, Cropredy
Banbury, OX17 1PF

Purely Plants

142A Wantage Road
Wallingford, OX10 0LU

Root One

High Road
Wallingford, OX10 0PT

Susie Bond

142A Wantage Road
Wallingford, OX10 0LU

Toad Hall Garden Centre

Marlow Road
Henley on Thames, RG9 3AG

Waterperry Gardens

Wheatley
Oxford, OX33 1JZ

Wickes Banbury

SOUTHAM ROAD
BANBURY, OX16 2RR

Wickes Bicester

LAUNTON ROAD
BICESTER, OX26 6PZ

Wickes Oxford

Botley Road
Oxford, Ox2 0Ha

Wilkinson Banbury

20/23 Bridge Street
Banbury, OX16 5PN

Wilkinson Bicester

3 Market Square, Bicester
Bicester, OX26 6AA

Wilkinson Cowley

Unit B, 1-2 The Square, Templars Square Shopping Centre
Cowley, OX4 3UZ

Wilkinson Didcot

Market Place
Didcot, OX11 7LE

Wyatt

Cottage Farm, Church Road
Chipping Norton, OX7 6LF

Wyatts

Hill Barn Farm
Chipping Norton, OX7 5SH

Yarnton Home & Garden

Sandy Lane
Kidlington, OX5 1PA