Soil & Compost

spring onions

Why spring onions are undervalued

February 2012

One of the best plants in the vegie patch is one of the least valued. JUSTIN RUSSELL makes the case for growing a year round supply of spring onions.

Compost Making

The Power of Compost

February 2012

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".

How to Grow Organic Eggplant

January 2012

Eggplant is the perfect summer crop for organic gardeners, but it doesn’t come without its challenges, says PHIL DUDMAN

Dutch Cream Potatoes

Biochar Experiment - An Update

December 2011

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 spuds.

Up the anti on composting

December 2011

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

Steaming Compost

Encouraging Aerobic Bacteria

October 2011

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

Pierre de Ronsard rose

The Myth of Disease Resistance

October 2011

Could a new super-rose that is totally resistant to blackspot be a good fit for organic gardeners. JUSTIN RUSSELL argues that there are other virtues to look for in plants beyond the obvious.

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