Upper North Shore Sydney Australia

Composting Counts

Composting transforms your kitchen scraps into a beautiful fertiliser and mulch for your garden.  In an ideal world you would turn the compost to get enough oxygen to complete the transformation. However the following system creates beautiful compost without the arduous and smelly job of turning the heap. In a…

Feed Your Soil

I recently attended an advanced soil workshop organised by Lane Cove Council. Led by the very knowledgeable Peter Rutherford, senior Ecologist, Kimbriki Eco House & Garden and his lovely wife Alison, the overall message was summed up with a quote;

“The plant always eats at the second sitting; the plant only gets what the microbes give it. Feed the soil, not the plants!”

Coffee and Firelight

Having recently moved to my new home in the leafy, bush suburb of Berowra, NSW I acquired a very efficient wood burning heater and purchased a new coffee machine both provide me with recycling waste. Apart from the sheer pleasure of enjoying the brew and the firelight what is left from this activity is grounds and ash. Both of these products can be used effectively into assisting you to build up the health of your garden soil.

Testing the microbial ‘aliveness’ of your topsoil

Healthy soils rich in soil biota will hold together while soils devoid of soil life fall apart and form a layer of sediment in the bottom of a jug of water. Place the soil sample in the sieve and rest the sieve across the neck of your jug lowering the soil into the water.

Compost Dirt

Microflora & Microfauna of our Topsoil

Topsoil is defined as the humic (derived from decomposed plant and animal remains and animal excrement) upper fertile layer of soil.