Controlling soil-borne diseases with compost Organic gardeners have long observed that the use of compost makes for healthy plants. A substantial body of scientific evidence is now emerging to support the intuitive feelings of the devotees of compost. There are several reasons why compost works so well, such as the nutrients it releases and the […]
Composting is simply the process Mother Nature uses to dispose of her organic waste materials (in other words anything that was once living). In its commonest form it is the carpet of leaves, sticks and other material on the forest floor that is gradually recycled into the soil. Composting is carried out by various scavengers […]
Free liquid fertilisers! 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 […]
This video explains why it is desirable to use some sort of blanket on the top layer of worm farm. It also looks at the options for blankets for worm farms.
How to mulch and feed at the same time In all but the coldest parts of Australia plants are awakening from their winter slumber by August or September. The surge in growth that is triggered by spring conditions needs to be accompanied by sufficient moisture and nutrients for the plant to reach its full potential […]
What can I do if my garden has saline soil? The problem of salinity in agricultural areas of Australia, where millions of hectares are in various stages of degradation, has become a huge environmental issue. At its worst a highly saline soil becomes toxic to biological activity and can turn into a wasteland where nothing […]
This video shows you a wide range of composting methods and solutions that are designed to demonstrate that there is a method to suit every situation. For medium to high density living such as townhouses and home units there is the Bokashi bucket or worm farm, whilst for larger scale gardens there are compost bins of […]
This video shows you how to make your own free liquid organic fertiliser from a simple domestic worm farm. Every day we generate significant quantities of organic materials, particularly food scraps, that are easily processed in a worm farm to create a highly fertile liquid that is also teeming with beneficial microbes that aid plant […]
This video shows you how you can add citrus peel and onion to a worm farm quite successfully. Simply chop it up into small pieces and mix it into your other kitchen scraps to dilute it down.
This video shows you how to protect worm farms from the extremes of high temperature in summer. Keeping your worm farm in a shady spot will help, as will covering it in a wet hessian sack or old blanket. Keep this moist through the day if possible on extremely hot days.