Soil Food: An Organic Guide to Early-Season Planting

Soil Food: An Organic Guide to Early-Season Planting

Planting the seed for (gardening) success starts before the seed.  The foundations for a healthy, organic garden begins with the soil. Taking the time to …

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Avocado shelf life

Improve Storage and Shelf Life of Avocados After Picking with Calcium and Good Bacteria

Calcium and Nitrogen levels play an essential role in the firmness and storage life of your fruit after picking. Glycine Chelated Calcium applications applied before …

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A New Zealand Lifestyle Blockers Guide to Winter

When you look outside over your frost covered garden this winter, it might appear dead and lifeless. However, this is an illusion. The garden never …

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Improve the Quality and Quantity of Vegetable Crops Using Fulvic Acid

Vegetable growers wanting to improve their soil and plant nutrition will be familiar with humic acid and may know that fulvic acid is its principal …

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Copper to Aid Defoliation of Vines and Fruit Trees

Fruit trees and vines defoliate after harvest season. The leaves change colour and drop off (Fall)… only some trees tend to hold their leaves and they …

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healthy-soil-organic

Soil …NOT just dirt

  Properties of soil are quite complex made from a combination of both living and nonliving materials, water and air; all of which are of …

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Mycorrhizae

Mycorrhizae – The Ultimate Crop Companion

Written by Asma Johansson and Molly Callaghan What Are Mycorrhizae? Mycorrhizae are symbiotic associations that form between the roots of most plant species and fungi. …

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Trichoderma-Fungi

Understanding and Using Trichoderma Fungi

Written by Donald Lester There are many species of fungi, bacteria, viruses and protozoa commercially available for the biological control of insects, diseases and weeds. …

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organic-soil

Nutrition on Disease Suppression in Plants

  Nutrition has always has been a primary component of disease control and management. Whilst mineral fertilisation is widely understood, the importance of soil organisms in …

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Conditioning Sterilised Soil with Beneficial Bacterial and Fungi

  Written by Donald Lester Nurseries and greenhouses often recycle their soil by sterilising it or composting it. And while sterilised soils might be convenient …

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Copper-Plant-Mineral

Copper: Helpful or Harmful for Plant Health?

  Written by Donald Lester You might already know that copper is one of the essential micronutrients that plants need for growth, but did you …

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Potassium-for-Ripening-Grapes

Potassium for Ripening, Colour, Sweetness and Full Flavoured Fruit

Have you ever eaten fruit that just has NO flavour and is so tasteless that it leaves you disappointed? At the ripening stage, plants utilise …

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