Compost & soil

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.

walk on board

Wet soils

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

Penny explains that her soil is sodden, 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.

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.

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.