Category Archives: Healthy soil

Disease hosts

This is a good time of year to get a head start on weeding, as no-one likes weeding in hot weather. Leather gardening gloves or rigger’s gloves are great for weeding because they provide good protection from thorns, prickly stems, … Continue reading

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Herbicide damage

Broad-leaf weed killers that contain the pyridine herbicides have caused widespread damage to many gardens in New Zealand, the UK and the US in recent years, and these herbicides are now being sold in Australia. Pyridine herbicides include aminopyralid, clopyralid, … Continue reading

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Soil pH too high?

A reader has added too much mushroom compost when preparing his vege bed. I am including his question and my answer here as over–adjusting soil pH can to be a problem for some gardeners. I would really like your advice. … Continue reading

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CCA treated timber restrictions

I am concerned to hear that CCA treated timber has been used to construct garden beds and other structures in some school gardens, so it might be a good time to remind readers that the uses of these timbers have … Continue reading

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Soil for Magnolias

Recently, Anthea wrote to me about the problem of growing her Chinese Magnolia where soil is alkaline. I was just reading your article on changing soil ph and was hoping you could give me an idea on how to fix … Continue reading

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Germination tips …

Last Saturday’s ‘Gardening Australia’ program made the claim that you won’t find the tip to use Epsom Salts to assist germination in any gardening books. That’s not true! You will find that tip and lots of other tips for getting … Continue reading

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Herbicide warning

Before purchasing mulches or manures for your garden, ensure that they don’t come from pastures treated with a broad-leaf weed killer. A relatively new herbicide (weed killer) ingredient, aminopyralid kills broad-leaf plants by disrupting plant cell growth. It does not … Continue reading

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Poor pumpkin crop

Mary’s pumpkin vines have produced some good fruits but a lot of pumpkins get black spots, shrivel up and rot while they are still small. Other vines have had very few or no female flowers, and she is puzzled as … Continue reading

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Perfect Christmas gift

Looking for the perfect Christmas gift for someone who enjoys gardening? The new edition of my book, ‘Easy Organic Gardening and Moon Planting‘ would be an excellent choice. This book is not just about growing food – all your garden … Continue reading

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Horse manure

One of our SA readers wants to know what to do about the weeds that sprout from their horse manure pile, as she is concerned about spreading the weeds through her garden. She also has a problem with millipedes. Interestingly, … Continue reading

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