Compost & soil

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...

Dutch Cream Potatoes

Biochar Experiment - An Update

Thu, 22/12/2011 - 4:56pm

Biochar has the potential to revolutionise gardening in a post carbon world. JUSTIN RUSSELL provides an update on an experiment using the product in his vegie garden to help grow a bumper crop of...

Up the anti on composting

Tue, 20/12/2011 - 4:46pm

Summer brings an endless supply of composting material, so it’s time to get busy making as much as you can, says PHIL DUDMAN

Turning compost regularly speeds up decomposition.

COMPOST: The 12 Keys

Wed, 30/11/2011 - 1:56pm

PHIL DUDMAN answers essential questions on making compost.

Steaming Compost

Encouraging Aerobic Bacteria

Fri, 21/10/2011 - 9:47am

A failed wastewater system reminds JUSTIN RUSSELL about the importance of aerobic bacteria in decomposing organic waste.

Biochar Vegie Bed

Using biochar in the garden

Thu, 08/09/2011 - 9:40pm

In a previous post, Simon Webster reported on a proposal to build Australia's first electricty producing biochar plant. In this follow up post JUSTIN RUSSELL gives a run down on how you can use...

Woody Mulch Orchard

Notes on Wood Chip Mulch

Fri, 22/07/2011 - 10:01am

JUSTIN RUSSELL elaborates on the benefits of wood chip mulch to established fruit trees.

How to make straw bale gardens

How to make straw bale gardens

Mon, 30/05/2011 - 9:30am

They must be the ultimate in lazy gardening. PHIL DUDMAN explains how to turn a simple straw bale into a productive organic garden in seconds flat.

Green Manure

Boost fertility with green manure

Tue, 12/04/2011 - 4:10pm

Green manures are the cheapest and easiest way to build fertility in the food producing garden, writes Justin Russell.