Jerome Irving Rodale

The founder of Rodale Press, Inc., J.I. Rodale became known as the world's foremost advocate of organically grown foods and natural food products. He was publisher and editor of Organic Gardening amp Farming and Prevention magazines. In 1940, Rodale and his wife Anna, purchased a fann in Hramaus and began to implement the theories of Sir Albert Howard. He published the first edition of Organic Farming and Gardening, laying the foundation for broad-based acceptance of the organic movement. lie...

Seeds

Shipping Germinated Seeds

Without doubt there are more plants raised for our gardens from seed than by any other method. Annuals and vegetables are almost exclusively propagated in this way. There are tliree main advantages in raising plants from seed. Firstly, seed is a relatively cheap way of obtaining large numbers of plants. Secondly, good seed has less chance of carrying disease than vegetatively-produced plants, and thirdly, plants raised in the environment in which they will mature will be stronger and more...

Phosphorus

It hastens maturity, increases seed yield and fruit development, and increases resistance to disease and the vitamin content of plants. A deficiency can result in stunled growth and seed sterility. Phosphorus can be added to soil in the form of phosphorus r6ck. This is a natural rock product containing from 28 to 30 percent phosphorus. The rock Ss. finely ground and the phosphate is available to the plants as they need it. Phospliate rock is especially...

Astrological Calendar and Moon Planting Guide

A 72 cm x 60 cm poster in full colour. Correct planting times for fruiting and leafy vegetables are visually displayed and easy to understand. Also best times to weed, transplant seedlings, prune, harvest and irrigate 10.00 inc.GST plus Postage Folded to A4 2.00 Rolled in cylinder 7.00 NO-DfG GARDENING amp LEAVES OF LIFE No-Dig Gardening amp Leaves of Life By Esther Deans Growing Fruit, Nuts and Herbs Organically by Liz Sinnamon

Home brewing your own liquid fertiliser to use in the garden is cheap easy and a great way to give your plants that

Liquid fertiliser is a great asset for the organic gardener not only is it a very good plant booster and foliage spray, it can also be used as a form of pest control, it smells You will need a 45 litre metal or plastic container with a lid to keep out the flies. You can use either animal or bird manure or a combination of both. Half fill a strong hessian bag with manure, and fill the drum with fresh water. Suspend the bag, somewhat like a tea bag in a cup of hot water , into the drum so that...

Gardening by the Moon

Pliny the Elder did it, and so did your great grandparents. They planted gardens by the phases of the moon, using a method practiced in rural communities for over two thousand years. It was so well established in the first century AD that it became part of the 'natural history' that Pliny wrote about in his series of the same name. A method proven successful over that length of time deserves more than a label of folklore. It deserves a trial in our gardens too. Superior gardens are what...

Organic Fertilisers

Fertiliser is a substance that is added to the soil to improve its fertility. A variety of elements and combinations contribute to the fertility of the soil manures, compost, lime, dolomite, ground mineral rocks and mulch. A fertile soil contains adequate amounts of the major plant nutrients nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium, plus sufficient micro-nutrients sometimes called trace minerals inc., manganese,, boron, iron, sulphur, copper, magnesium, molybdenum, and cliiorine. Also required is an...

Common pests in the garden

Banana Sap Fly Trap

Build soil health, release ladybugs, and lacewings available from the Department of Primary Industries . Spray foliage with molasses and water before releasing bcnclicial insects. Spray garlic tea as a preventative. Spray garlic pepper tea or Garrett Juice if necessary. Spray Dipcl Bacillus thuringiensis. Release trichograimna wasps. Use 500 g soda, 15 litres water, 250 g soap. Mix thoroughly. White oil can also be used. Spray liquid seaweed and garlic pepper tea and release lacew ings. Spray...

Recipes Ammonia

Liquid household ammonia can be used as a greenhouse fumigant against woodlice, slaters and earwigs. Sprinkle on the floor, and close up. Can also be used to treat compost heap lice infestations by sprinkling over a little ammonia and covering with plastic for a few hours. Warning it may also kill worms. Manure and compost tea is effective on many pests because of certain micro-organisms that exist in it naturally. Use any container, but a plastic bucket is easy for the home gardener. Fill half...

Bacteria

Fungi Diseases Plants

Bacteria are tiny organisms that cause damage in the following ways Rots which involve the decay of leaves, stems, branches and tubers. Blockage of a plant's vascular system can cause wilting and galls, that are a result of an over-growth of the affected cells. Bacterial problems are encouraged by wet soil, high humidity and high night-time temperatures. The use of disease-free seed and resistant varieties can help control bacterial disease. Infected plants should be removed immediately from...

July August

ABN 67 346 176 220 EDITOR Liz Sinnamon Front cover Photograph The Editors vegetable garden. WARM EARTH is Australia's 'down to earth' organic gardening magazine written by organic gardeners for organic gardeners. It's all about growing fruit, vegetables, and herbs organically in the home garden or on small acreage. Learn how to manage poultry and animals, grow native trees and shrubs, ground covers and ornamentals. Find information on health issues and how we can achieve...