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Preparing for Summer Gardening.

Its already November so we need to chat about summer gardening.

One of the biggest challenges we will all face this summer is keeping our gardens health, happy and adequately watered.

If your soil is typically sandy/silty in texture with minimal organic matter then it will repel and or leach water and your plants will suffer the most.

We’ve learned one very important lesson…if you want a beautiful healthy garden, you have to seriously consider the condition of the soil first; it is the foundation and engine room from which plants grow and if you ignore it, your garden will always struggle.

Right across the country we observe very tired soils supporting tired plants that are just hanging in there. So we are writing this article especially for those of you who want to change that.

How do we take advantage of the hot summer gardening period ahead and achieve maximum health and growth results from our plants and lawns?

Ideally we want every drop of irrigation or rainwater to stay around the root zone of our plants for an extended period. If you water the garden for short periods frequently, you will notice when you scrape under the mulch that your soil is probably still very dry or only slightly moist. This shallow surface moisture not only teases plants but attracts thirsty roots to the soil surface where they compete with each other and where they are most vulnerable to hot soil temperatures. Generally weeds are the only plants that benefit from this kind of watering.

For plants to become strong and healthy they require deep, not so frequent watering which encourages roots into the deeper sub-surface levels of the soil where it is cooler and where they have more room to spread out, it is this soil layer that we must get water to. To assist you in this quest it is absolutely essential to use quality water granules at least 4 times a year around the base of plants and over the mulch surface.

If the mulch is piled up around the plant stems, push it back and create a big bowl so that water gets directly to the plant. Many mulches and soils become hydrophobic (water repellent) once they have dried out and can be very difficult to get back to a condition where they can absorb water effectively. Quality water granules will relax the soil and mulch particles and allow water to filter through to roots deeply and evenly.

When your garden and lawn happily absorbs and uses water effectively, your plants will want to grow and so it is essential to feed them with a quality slow release fertilizer designed for sub-tropical conditions. A good fertilizer will provide all the nutrients your plants need to develop strong, healthy roots, foliage and flowers and will also help them to resist pest and disease.

Water granules and fertilizer are the absolute must do’s for every garden but the overall improvement of the soil foundation is essential if you want to create a lush, healthy, sustainable environment you can be proud of and enjoy. Composts, manures, seaweed and fish extracts are all effective and their addition should be considered as a regular part of your garden care routine. We highly recommend the BIG BIO range of fertilizers for lawn and gardens available from Circular Food and selected outlets.

A beautiful, strong, healthy garden is within everyone’s reach if you focus more on the soil condition and less on the plants. Consider the assistance of an experienced horticulturist who has a good understanding of soils and how to re-invigorate them. When adding soil improvers, it is important to understand how to monitor and read the results and check and balance the PH.

If you would like to learn more about your soil and how to reap the benefits of summer gardening, we are just a phone call away.

Reproduced with permission from Grotec Landscape Solutions.

 

Bookmark 3047 Cafe says no to food waste to landfill

 

 

Bookmark 3047 café at the Hume Global Learning Centre, on Pascoe Vale Rd Broadmeadows, is now recycling all of its food waste into BIG BIO® organic fertiliser in partnership with Biotech company Circular Food.

The plan is for the café to stock BIG BIO products for easy purchase by Hume council staff and local gardeners. Steve Morriss, CEO of Circular Food said, “Food waste is full of nutrients that benefit soil and plants. We feed a small army of compost worms who convert organics waste into soil amendments rich in soil microbes, enzymes and plant growth hormones.” The BIG BIO products close the loop on food waste by building healthier soils to grow stronger, tastier foods.

Congratulations to Bookmark Cafe for taking part in this project and taking responsibility for their food waste.

food waste from Bookmark 3047

 

 

BIG BIO Trials

Our friends at Vegepod have been conducting some exciting trials with BIG BIO. Check out the stage 1 results:

 

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Pod 1: Control (low quality soil)

Pod 2: Low quality soil + worm juice foliar spray

Pod 3: Low quality soil + initial application of castings

Pod 4: Low quality soil + initial application of castings + worm juice foliar spray.

Trial details

  • All pods filled with low quality bagged potting mix as available at all retail outlets
  • Foliar spray of diluted (40:1) BIG BIO worm juice applied weekly to pod 2 and 4.
  • BIG BIO worm castings mix into soil at start in pods 3 and 4.
  • All pods located together and watered weekly

It’s clear to see from these pics that the castings has an immediate significant effect on plant growth. On closer inspection the lettuce in the  castings + liquid pod appears to have a deeper colour and more dense leafage. We’ll keep you posted as the trial enters the next stage and we interpret the results…

 

 

Casting Call – CF features in FARM Magazine

Circular Food sees potential in worms

Sarah Hudson – November 2, 2016

WORMS have an image problem. Brainless, with no eyes, ears or nose – and slimy to boot – they are not exactly the poster child of the natural world.

And yet Circular Food CEO Steve Morriss says the 120-million-year-old invertebrates (giveor take a few millennia) are industrious and ingenious creatures.

Read the full article here: The Weekly Times

 

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A circular start-up

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Circular Food features in CWS Magazine.

www.cwsmagazine.com.au

Circular Food founder and CEO, Steve Morriss, is also the founder and director of 2016 Victorian Manufacturing Hall of Fame inductee, Close the Loop (CtL), so he’s no stranger to resource recovery and circular economy thinking.

But at the end of last year, Morriss decided he had run his natural course at CtL so he turned his sights toward his passion – innovative start-ups with a strong social intent…

Read the full article here: A Circular Start Up