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Soil and fertilisers in Wiltshire

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

Acres Supply

Bay Tree Farm, Corsley , Nr Warminster
Warminster, BA12 7PP

Allington Plants & Garden Shop

Allington Bar Farm Allington
Chippenham, SN14 6LJ

Argyle Garden Supplies

Argyle Commercial Centre
Cirencester Way, SN2 8AR

Avonfield gardens

The Nursery, Marsh Road
Hilperton, BA14 7PL

B&Q Devizes

Hambleton Avenue
Devizes, SN10 2SD

B&Q Salisbury

Southampton Road
Salisbury, SP1 2LE

B&Q Swindon

Great Western Way
Swindon, SN2 2DJ

B&Q Trowbridge

171 Bradley Road
Trowbridge, BA14 0RQ

Barters Plant Centre

Chapmanslade
Westbury, BA13 4AL

Blue Diamond Wilton House Garden Centre

2 Wilton Estate
Salisbury, SP2 0BJ

Bratton Plant Centre

Fitzroy Farm Bratton
WESTBURY, BA13 4RP

Courtens Garden Centre

Romsey Road, Whiteparish
Salisbury, SP5 2SD

Downside Nurseries

143 Upper Westwood
Bradford on Avon, BA15 2DE

Flowerland Garden Centre

Netherhampton
Salisbury, SP2 8PR

Foxley Road Nurseries

Foxley Road
Malmesbury, SN16 0JQ

Greatfield Nurseries

Greatfield
Swindon, SN4 8EQ

Heale Gardens & Plant Centre

Heale House, Middle Woodford
Salisbury, SP4 6NT

Homebase Chippenham

Hathaway Retail Park
Chippenham, SN15 1JG

Homebase Salisbury

Southampton Rd
Salisbury, SP1 2LB

Homebase Swindon Bridgemead

Paddington Drive
Swindon, SN5 7YW

Homebase Swindon Drakes Way

Drakes Way
Swindon, SN3 3LF

Homebase Swindon Orbital

Thamesdown Drive
Swindon, SN25 4AN

Horitco Nursery

Pinkney Park, Sherston
Malmesbury, SN16 0NX

John Toomer Garden & Pet Centre

31 Stone Lane, Lydiard Millicent
Swindon, SN5 3LD

Kevin Hughes Plants

Heale Garden
Middle Woodford, SP4 6NT

Lakeside Garden Centre

Crockerton
Warminster, BA12 8AP

Landford, A Wyvale Garden Centre

Southampton Road, Landford, Wiltshire
Salisbury, SP5 2BE

Malmesbury Garden Centre

Crudwell Road
Malmesbury, SN16 9JL

Manor Garden Centre

Cheney Manor Industrial Estate
Swindon, SN2 2QJ

Meadowgate Nursery

Brokerswood
Westbury, BA13 4EG

Midge Hall Nurseries

Midgehall
Swindon, SN4 8ER

New Forest Lavender

Giles Lane
Salisbury, SP5 2BG

Old Milestone Nursery

The Old Milestone Nursery, Melksham Road
Trowbridge, BA14 6QT

Pet & Garden Centre

1 Camdale Pde Cricklade Rd
Swindon, SN2 6AH

Porton Garden Aquatic & Pets

Porton
Salisbury, SP4 0LA

Row Farm Nursery

Chapmanslade
Westbury, BA13 4AB

Salisbury, A Wyevale Garden Centre

Netherhampton Road, Netherhampton
Salisbury, SP2 8PR

SCATS Countrystores Devizes

Nursteed Trading Estate, Mill Road
Devizes, SN10 3EW

SCATS Countrystores Salisbury

Churchfields Road
Salisbury, SP2 7PP

Shaw Trust Palmer Gardens

Islington
Trowbridge, BA14 8QJ

Studley Grange Garden Centre

Hay Lane
Near Wroughton, SN4 9QT

Suochez Nurseries

86 Britford Lane
Salisbury, SP2 8AJ

Swindon Garden Centre

The Salad Bowl, Hyde Road
Swindon, SN2 7SE

The Lawn Store

The Bays Shaftesbury Road Barford St. Martin
Salisbury, SP3 4BL

The Walled Garden Nursery

Newleaze Cottages
Chippenham, SN15 5DF

Townsends Garden Centre

27 Bath Road
Devizes, SN10 2BB

Trowbridge Garden Centre

288 Frome Road
Trowbridge - Wiltshire, BA14 ODT

Westdale Nurseries

Holt Road
Bradford-on-Avon, BA15 1TS

Whitehall Garden Centre

Corsham Road, Lacock
Chippenham, SN15 2LZ

Wickes Chippenham

Unit 1
Chippenham, Sn14 6Nf

Wickes Salisbury

Bourne Retail Park
Sailsbury, Sp1 2Qq

Wickes Swindon Extra

57 Gypsy Lane
Swindon, Sn2 8Dh

Wickes Trowbridge

Unit 10 Canal Road Ind Est
Trowbridge, Ba14 8Rn

Wilkinson Chippenham

31/33 High Street
Chippenham, SN15 3EY

Wilkinson Devizes

8-12 High Street
Devizes, SN10 1AT

Wilkinson Swindon

Fleet Street
Swindon, SN1 1RA

Wilkinson Trowbridge

Castle Place Shopping Centre
Trowbridge, BA14 8AL

Woodborough Garden Centre

Nursery Farm
Woodborough - Wiltshire, SN9 5PF

Woodspring Fuchsia Nursery

Weston Lane
Salisbury, SP5 1RQ