Compost & soil

For peat’s sake

Fri, 12/10/2012 - 1:02pm

There’s no need to use peat moss, SIMON WEBSTER reports.

Compost Heap

Manure in, compost out

Wed, 12/09/2012 - 11:25am

A local produce swap can produce some interesting outcomes. JUSTIN RUSSELL shares his excitement about scoring a few bags manure - perfect for making compost.

Build your own compost bays

Tue, 21/08/2012 - 9:34pm

PHIL DUDMAN shows how 
to build a simple three-bay 
compost system from 
recycled materials.

Green Manure

Time to build healthy soil

Fri, 27/07/2012 - 9:21am

Late winter is the perfect time to build healthy soil. JUSTIN RUSSELL writes about composting and using green manure.

Wood Ash

How to Use Wood Ash

Tue, 26/06/2012 - 1:29pm

Wood heating is common throughout the cooler parts of Australia, but what to do with all that ash. JUSTIN RUSSELL recommends using it in the garden.

How to make your own seed raising mix

Wed, 06/06/2012 - 2:33pm

Raising seedlings is an important part organic vegetable gardening and to do it well, you need a quality seed raising mix. There’s no need to be spending good money on commercial product when you...

Garden expert Peter Cundall builds a leafmould mound.

Gardener’s Gold

Thu, 31/05/2012 - 1:21pm

JERRY COLEBY-WILLIAMS explains how to turn autumn leaves into a rich garden resource – leafmould.

Fallen Leaves

The Value of Leaves

Tue, 15/05/2012 - 9:27pm

JUSTIN RUSSELL suggests that instead of seeing fallen leaves as a problem, we should see them as a precious resource.

Compost Making

The Power of Compost

Fri, 03/02/2012 - 3:56pm

Compost has lots of proven benefits for the garden. JUSTIN RUSSELL visits a historic property in Toowoomba and shares the story of an old eucalypt saved by a top dressing of remedial "black gold...