Healthy Soil, Healthy Plants
Here at the farm, one of the foundations of growing our crops is taking care of the soil. Soil is made up of four main components – minerals, water, air and the part we focus on the most, organic matter. We invest a fair amount of energy into adding a range of organic matter to our soils including compost, grass clippings, sawdust and animal manures, and an important benefit is diverting these waste materials from landfill. Continually adding organic matter to soil increases the fertility and opens up the structure, so air and water can both be retained and move more freely, like in a sponge.
Hot composting is one of the best ways to improve soils and can also assist in managing weeds and pathogens. Hot composting can seem daunting, but making compost this way is as simple as following a recipe. Add a dollop of exercise to turn the compost heap, and you’ll finish off with an excellent product that will improve the health of the soil and the health of the plants that grow in it.
I’m teaching a Composting and Worm Farming Masterclass on Saturday 7 May from 9-11:30am here at the Green Connect Farm. Book a spot if you’d like to learn my easy-to-follow recipe, and the tricks I’ve picked up in my years of composting experience: www.green-connect.com.au/visit
See you at the farm,
Market Garden Coordinator
In your box this week:
Note: We sometimes need to make changes to what we pack in your veg box based on the quantity or quality of produce that we can harvest and source. This is particularly true right now as we rely on our organic suppliers while we replant after substantial crop losses from the heavy rain. If you have any questions about what is in your box, don’t hesitate to contact us at [email protected].
Did you know?
Leeks are part of the allium family and are related to onions, shallots, chives, and garlic. They have a sweet, mild, onion flavour and are much more versatile than most people think! You can use them in the same way as onions or shallots in most recipes and are great in soups, stews, pastas, risottos, and more! They can also be grilled or roasted on their own to create a delicious side dish. Leeks last up to 2 weeks in the veggie crisper in the fridge and should be cut and washed well before cooking