Compost & soil

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.

Phil Dudman shows us how to make a worm farm tower

How to make a worm farm tower

Mon, 31/01/2011 - 4:42pm

Looking for an easier way to reap the benefits of a worm farm. PHIL DUDMAN describes how to make a worm tower, which cuts out unnecessary handling and maintenance.

Testing the quality of the soil

Good soil health on the cards

Thu, 02/12/2010 - 2:41pm

A coathanger and a piece of fencing wire are among the tools used in this clever soil testing kit, reports SIMON WEBSTER.

Free compost and mulch

Tue, 01/06/2010 - 1:27pm

Some people like to grow their own… others enjoy scouring the suburbs for whatever they can get their hands on. PHIL DUDMAN explores some of the free sources of organic matter… what you can grow...

soils ain't soils

Soils ain't soils

Mon, 15/03/2010 - 2:42pm

If you’re setting up a new garden and thinking of trucking in a load of ‘organic soil blend’ from your local landscape yard, beware… some blends being sold are complete rubbish. PHIL DUDMAN...