Compost & soil

Dianthus and sage.

Growing in sandy soils

Sun, 21/04/2019 - 3:15pm

A few gardeners are blessed with deep, rich, textured, fertile soil. But what if you aren't? Penny Woodward has some ideas to help.

Testing pH

Testing times

Mon, 08/04/2019 - 1:15pm

What is pH and how can you change it? Penny Woodward explains.

Saturated Soil

Restoring sodden soil

Fri, 16/09/2016 - 11:55am

JUSTIN RUSSELL explores some gentle techniques to help restore your wet, wet, wet soil.

Wonderful worms

Wonderful worms

Mon, 01/08/2016 - 4:47pm

Recycling kitchen scraps through a worm farm provides valuable worm castings and juice to improve garden soil and plant growth, writes Jessamy Miller.

Triple compost bin

Compost - a recipe for success

Tue, 26/04/2016 - 11:14am

To celebrate International Compost Awareness Week PENNY WOODWARD shares her recipe for compost success.

To prune or not to prune?

Thu, 24/09/2015 - 4:18pm

Opinion is divided on whether tomatoes benefit from pruning, writes Penny Woodward.


Grow your own mulch

Thu, 10/09/2015 - 12:02pm

With an El Nino threatening a dry spring, mulching may prove vital, writes JUSTIN RUSSELL.

Worms help the soil

Worm warriors

Fri, 29/05/2015 - 12:46pm

Diverse soil communities can limit the effects of climate change, explains PENNY WOODWARD.

Vegie Patch

Grow like a boss

Mon, 25/05/2015 - 2:44pm

JUSTIN RUSSELL celebrates 16 years of food growing by sharing his one fundamental principle for gardening success.

taking a soil sample for testing

Testing times

Fri, 13/02/2015 - 3:15pm

Soil testing in the Patch from Scratch backyard revealed the extent of environmental contamination in our cities, writes JACQUELINE FORSTER.