Compost & soil

Silt is super fine soil particles that  form a hard crust if allowed to dry.

Reviving a garden after floods

Wed, 04/05/2022 - 1:49pm

Scientist Kate Wall experienced the Brisbane floods of 2011 and now 2022: here's two important tips she's learned to help gardens recover.

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How to make a worm farm

Mon, 18/04/2022 - 12:07pm

You can use a bath, trough, sink or even a large tin to make a worm farm, says Penny Woodward

Healthy soil is good for our gardens and the planet.

Start with your soil

Mon, 31/01/2022 - 3:36pm

Early autumn is a good time to take a close look at your soil and do some prep work for your new crops, writes Penny Woodward.

Composting is an important way to turn waste into nutrients for your garden.

Smart composting

Wed, 04/08/2021 - 3:19pm

Jian Liu has discovered a few tricks for harnessing all the benefits of compost, with minimal effort.

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Wet soils

Mon, 24/08/2020 - 4:37pm

Like many gardeners, Penny Woodward's soil is rather sodden at the moment, and she's being very careful not to tread on it.

Worm farms and tumblers

Thu, 18/06/2020 - 2:50pm

Not everyone has the space in the garden for a compost heap, writes Penny Woodward -- that's where a worm farm comes in!

Bushfire recovery: start with the soil

Wed, 18/03/2020 - 3:22pm

The loss of a much-loved garden during a bushfire can be devastating, but with patience and time you can rebuild. And your soil is a good place to start.

The fertiliser you use will depend on what your soil needs.

Animal-free fertilisers

Sat, 15/06/2019 - 12:18pm

Karen Sutherland outlines the fertiliser and soil amendment options for vegan gardeners or those who are looking for ways to reduce animal dependence.

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 soil pH

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

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