Soil & Compost

Toadstool or mushroom

Fungi facts

January 2015

PENNY WOODWARD says it is good to look after most of the fungi growing in your garden.

CSIRO soil grid

What lies beneath

November 2014

Curious about what's beneath your feet? JUSTIN RUSSELL excavates a brilliant new CSIRO soil mapping tool.

Black biochar

What is biochar?

October 2014

PENNY WOODWARD explains biochar and how it can be used.

Keep it clean

July 2014

A move from New South Wales to Tasmania focused JENNIFER STACKHOUSE'S mind on quarantine issues.

Creating Tilth

How to create tilth

August 2013

Ever heard a gardener talk about something called “tilth” and wondered what on earth they were on about. JUSTIN RUSSELL offers a definition and explains how to create soil that's ready for spring seed sowing.

Adding compost to tea bag

How to make compost tea

July 2013

In the March/April 2012 issue of Organic Gardener magazine, SIMON WEBSTER investigates how to make a successful brew of compost tea: the essence of organic farming and gardening. Plus he provides a step-by-step guide to building your own brewer.

Compost Bin

Make a cheap compost bin

June 2013

JUSTIN RUSSELL explains how to make a compost heap from cheap, locally sourced materials.