Compost & soil

Silt is super fine soil particles that  form a hard crust if allowed to dry.

Reviving a garden after floods

May 2022

Scientist Kate Wall experienced the Brisbane floods of 2011 and now 2022: here's two important tips she's learned to help gardens recover.

Healthy soil is good for our gardens and the planet.

Start with your soil

January 2022

Early autumn is a good time to take a close look at your soil and do some prep work for your new crops, writes Penny Woodward.

Composting is an important way to turn waste into nutrients for your garden.

Smart composting

August 2021

Jian Liu has discovered a few tricks for harnessing all the benefits of compost, with minimal effort.

Worm farms and tumblers

June 2020

Not everyone has the space in the garden for a compost heap, writes Penny Woodward -- that's where a worm farm comes in!

Bushfire recovery: start with the soil

March 2020

The loss of a much-loved garden during a bushfire can be devastating, but with patience and time you can rebuild. And your soil is a good place to start.

Dianthus and sage.

Growing in sandy soils

April 2019

A few gardeners are blessed with deep, rich, textured, fertile soil. But what if you aren't? Penny Woodward has some ideas to help.

Saturated Soil

Restoring sodden soil

September 2016

JUSTIN RUSSELL explores some gentle techniques to help restore your wet, wet, wet soil.

worm farm

How to make a worm farm

April 2022

You can use a bath, trough, sink or even a large tin to make a worm farm, says Penny Woodward

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Wet soils

August 2020

Penny explains that her soil is sodden, and she's being very careful not to tread on it.

The fertiliser you use will depend on what your soil needs.

Animal-free fertilisers

June 2019

Karen Sutherland outlines the fertiliser and soil amendment options for vegan gardeners or those who are looking for ways to reduce animal dependence.

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