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Cardboard Trench Beds

“Got sandy soils? Need an effective garden bed? Improve your soil and save water by making a cardboard trench bed!”

Sandy soils allow water to drain quickly, which washes away nutrients and forces you to water often. Instead of replacing your soil with the fertile soil from elsewhere, take the opportunity to improve the soil you already have! A cardboard trench bed forms an effective semi-permeable barrier below your plants, which traps nutrients and slows drainage. This means less watering, and less fertilising. Organic amendments can freely be introduced into your soil at various depths in the bed to create a deep and thorough profile of great soil.

Benefits:

  • Slows drainage
  • Saves water
  • Saves nutrients
  • Becomes fertiliser

4 types of compost bins. Which type suits your need?

How to Compost

“Turn waste into fertiliser and save the planet, by composting!”

Composting is the breaking down of organic matter, in a controlled environment, into humus, which is rich organic fertiliser (the same kind that takes years to build up in forest systems!). Composting at home is easy, and it can turn waste from your kitchen and your yard, into enough fertiliser to grow all the food you need.

Benefits:

  • Saves the planet!
  • Saves water
  • Recycles waste
  • Creates organic fertiliser
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Sheet Mulching

“Sheet mulching is one of the best things you can do for your yard or garden!”

Sheet mulching is the practice of covering an area of land with a blanket layer of biodegradable material, which blocks grass and weeds from getting sunlight, and prevents moisture from evaporating out of the soil. If you have an area of land that you’re not using, or would like to use in future, sheet mulching is the perfect thing to do.

Benefits:

  • Saves water
  • Blocks weeds
  • Covers grass
  • Improves soil

compost tumbler

Tumbler Composting

Make composting waterwise, quick, and easy, with a compost tumbler!

Composting using tumblers is far easier than traditional pile-building techniques, and can be done entirely separately, or in conjunction with pile-building to make large amounts of compost.

Benefits:

  • Quick
  • Easy
  • Tidy
  • Waterwise
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Human Waste Composting

Turn your turds into tomatoes, with a human waste composting operation!

Each time you flush your toilet, a huge amount of nutrients is lost, along with fresh drinking water, only to become pollution for precious natural waterways. You can avoid all of this by managing an effective human waste composting operation, and the end product is a rich and safe fertilizer for the plants in your garden.

Benefits:

  • Creates fertilizer
  • Saves nutrients
  • Saves water
  • Saves the world!
Bokashi

Bokashi

Eliminate bad smells from your kitchen scraps, and turn them into fertilizer, using Bokashi!

What is Bokashi?

Bokashi (also ‘EM Bokashi’) is a culture of micro-organisms (yeasts and bacteria) which ferment kitchen scraps, out-competing bacteria that would otherwise produce bad smells, and preserving the scraps until you’re ready to bury or compost them. Bokashi can handle animal products, and as a byproduct, Bokashi produces a liquid fertilizer called ‘Bokashi juice’ which can be used to inoculate your soil with helpful microbes.

Benefits:

  • Preserves scraps
  • Handles animal products
  • Eliminates bad smells
  • Improves soil