Tuesday, September 27, 2011

A Sad Day - The Passing of an Amazing Woman: Wangari Maathai

Wangari Maathai
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Today I read on the BBC website that Wangari Maathai, a truly brave and inspirational woman, passed away yesterday after a struggle with Ovarian Cancer.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Aerating Your Soil with Perlite

One of the biggest problems we have with soil in Australia is one of compaction.  Agricultural soil becomes compacted through over-tilling, over-cropping and use of machinery.  Garden soil becomes compacted from the building process and then us walking on it when wet.  Soil in a natural bush environment also becomes compacted as a result of various processes, including water saturation.

If soil is compacted, then there are a reduced number of pore spaces available for water and air infiltration.  The soil will drain very slowly.  It may become anaerobic.  There will be little root penetration.

In short, a compacted soil is not great for growing plants in!