Menu Index: General gardening

Gardening With Children – An Educational Opportunity

Written by Rose Collins (Bachelor of Teaching- Early Childhood) & niece of Angus Stewart. The current times we are living in are challenging us all in so many different ways and on many different levels. I believe our own outdoor space (no matter how big or small) can provide great learning experiences, some respite and […]

Harvesting Worm Castings

If you have a worm farm, you will have noticed the dark brown/black, rich humus material within it that gradually builds up. This organic matter is the worm poo/worm castings. It is what the worms turn your kitchen scraps into once they have processed it through their digestive systems, and what a magnificent substance it […]

Managing Multi Level Worm Farms

There are many different ways to compost and worm farm. Anyone who is keeping biodegradable material out of landfill and allowing it to return to the Earth as nature intended is reducing their own carbon footprint. I say to you, well done! Composting and worm farming can be a journey of learning and it is […]

Hot composting versus cold composting

Most gardeners envisage a compost heap as a hot steamy affair that breaks down within a matter of weeks leaving a rich brown organic material that can be dug into the soil to not only improve the soil’s nutrient levels but also help to increase its water and nutrient storage capacity. The reality, however, for […]

How To Make Worm Tea

It requires surprisingly little effort to make your own organic fertilisers from various waste materials we generate every day around the house. Not only does this help the environment, it also saves money in fertiliser and potting mix costs. It can also be done effectively in very small spaces, so even if you live in […]

Grow Your Own

Grow Your Own – How to be an Urban Farmer Many of you, it seems, are keen on growing your own food. This interest seems to be most evident in city dwellers who are increasingly seeking a connection to where their food comes from, and also an awareness that a secure supply of food is […]

Australian Native Citrus

People are discovering Australia’s own citrus, long neglected due to the small fruit and prickly nature. But once people started getting creative with the little pearls of citrus goodness inside the fruit, suddenly everyone wanted them! Delicious in seafood salads and gin & tonic, as a beautiful and tasty garnish, for sauces and marmalade, and […]

Care and Planting of Tube Stock Plants

Why small plants in tubes are a great choice Small tubes are a nice idea if you want to stock your garden with new plants, as they are much cheaper to buy than normal nursery plants in larger pots, and can often grow well and catch up to larger plants and have better root systems. They are […]

The science behind compost heaps

Composting is a process that can be done in a number of different ways. If we understand a bit about the basic microbiology of composting we can choose a method of composting that will best suit our backyard situation. When organic materials are kept in a pile with a suitable supply of mineral nutrients and […]