Feed Your Soil – not your plants

Feed Your Soil – not your plants

Not many people understand that the soil is a massive ecosystem similar to the ocean, the plants are only one essential part of a healthy soil ecosystem.  This is where the argument for organic fertilisers and mulches far outweigh the conventional approach of chemical fertilisers. Chemical fertilisers focus on the chemicals the individual plants need […]

Why Mulch

Why Mulch

Mulching is important for a healthy happy garden because it mimics natural processes allowing the plant to have access to the water, air and nutrients it needs. The soil is an environment much like the ocean, a vast network of organisms operating together in complex energy cycles and food chains.  Put simply the plants rely […]

Plant Nutrient Uptake

Plant Nutrient Uptake

Here’s a good analogy that we believe explains the process of plant nutrient uptake. Imagine the soil as a supermarket, with the roots as the shoppers.  The currency with which plants go shopping is “hydrogenions”.  The humus and pore spacing provide the aisles and shelves of the supermarket.  Humus and clay particles have the ability […]

Aspect Design

Aspect Design

Here in Noosa we are blessed with one of the best climates in the world not to mention its natural beauty.  It makes sense therefore to make the most of this by spending as much time as possible outside enjoying it.  Here are some tips in designing your outdoor space that will help you make […]

Decorative Pebble

Decorative Pebble

Gravel is an inexpensive and flexible alternative to paving or lawn. It blends beautifully with plants, needs little maintenance, and can be used in both formal and informal designs. Gravel is also a useful filler amongst other hard surfaces, or inirregularly shaped areas where paving will not fit easily and a lawn would be difficult […]

Is your Property a Banquet?

Is your Property a Banquet?

As avid gardeners ourselves it is very interesting to observe that people are only just starting to treat their garden with the respect it deserves when it comes to design consideration and budget allocation. While we are still a long way off the one-third principal of Permaculture (i.e. one third of the budget on the […]

Spring into Aussie Plants

Spring into Aussie Plants

Australian plants are some of the most unique and beautiful plants on earth. So keep them looking their best by following these tips: Nearly all natives prefer well drained soils, so build up the soil and create raised garden beds. Add a good quality composted soil mix that is free of weeds and pathogens (The […]

Design for Birds

Design for Birds

Attracting birds to your garden. A good bird garden cannot be built to a formula.  Its creation is a matter of subtle orchestration – of location, aspect, and the careful selection of plants suitable to the locality, soil-type and size of your garden. If you have the space, you should chose plants that will become […]

Soils ain’t soils

Soils ain’t soils

There are many misconceptions about soils and the purpose of this feature is to address them as well as trying to give you a fundamental understanding of soil fertility and what makes a good soil. It seems apparent to me that many people think that if a soil is black it is good.  I presume […]

Living Boundaries

Living Boundaries

Most of us have an instinctive desire to mark our territory with a very visible boundary.  It gives us the feeling of privacy and the illusion of security, but most of all it marks out our plot, our own piece of paradise. The problem with a small garden is that the boundary forms a large […]