How to repair dry, tuckered out soil

Keeping soil moist through summer is not about litres and litres of water. It’s a team effort of grunty homemade compost, little and often watering, being weedfree, planting in guilds and at all times keeping the soil covered with mulch or a living mulch. All these things come together so that even when it doesn’t […]

Repairing tired autumn soil + Growing a winter bounty

Keeping soil in good heart is tough when water has been sparse. By March, soil can be beaten and bruised making it tricky to get hungry winter brassicas planted out. Learning how to keep soil in good nick is the main part of our gardening journey. It takes time! So don’t beat yourself up if […]

The Genius of Living Mulch

Soil that’s undercover, hums with life. In this cool, moist environment mineral exchange and immunity are high. Whether mulch is inert – hay, straw, woodchip or living – or a living cover of plants, doesn’t matter. I use a mixture … either way works. Though living mulch has a few trumps – diversity and all […]

For Less Disease + Better Vegies – Water Like a Pro

Sometime this month or next we’ll be gearing up for watering. Before summer hits proper I want to encourage you to ponder the way you water. In part to conserve this precious resource, but also to improve the overall health of your gardens. Overwatering creates fungus and encourages sappy, pest prone foliage. Underwatering means minerals […]