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Hints, tips and fun facts for healthy soils

No nude soils this summer

Sept. 3, 2018 at 11am

Did you know that bare soil can reach temperatures of 70 degrees in an Australian summer? It’s important to vegetate or mulch bare soils before the summer begins as these temperatures kill most of the microbes on which life depends and will kill the roots of any plants trying to establish.

What makes for happy compost

Sept. 3, 2018 at 11am

Did you know that low moisture is a key limiter of how quickly home compost systems decompose? Compost heaps need regular water to decompose quickly. They also need to be turned every month to minimise the generation of greenhouse gases like nitrous oxide and methane

Gypsum isn't always your best friend

Sept. 3, 2018 at 11am

Did you know that gypsum - a clay breaker - isn’t needed for all clays and should only be used in saline soil situations? If you have dense soil that is difficult to dig through, adding manure or compost to the soil surface will not only help break up soils but also help water infiltrate and will add valuable carbon

What is compost exactly?

Sept. 3, 2018 at 11am

Did you know compost is not a fertiliser but a soil conditioner? It contains relatively low concentrations of key plant nutrients N and P, but it improves how well water and plants penetrate the soil (its structure). Compost is important but adding sources of N and P - be they organic in the form of blood and bone or in the form of an NPK fertiliser - is important too

Where has all the soil gone?

Sept. 3, 2018 at 11am

Did you know that raindrops - little old raindrops - are a key driver of soil erosion? When they hit the ground they can not only splash soil over a metre from its original position, but can also stop water moving into the soil when these tiny soil particles block soil pores. Covering soils with mulch or leaving leaves beneath trees not only cools soils, it also prevents soil erosion.

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