Monday, May 26, 2014

Matava Eco-Adventure Resort joins forces with Fiji Airways to promote the new Fiji Link

To celebrate the re-branding of Pacific Sun to Fiji Link, Fiji Airways is giving everyone the chance to win a fantastic prize:
Win a return trip for two to Kadavu Island staying at Matava, Fiji’s Premier Eco Adventure Resort.
Prize includes domestic flights, 2 nights Resort accommodation in an Oceanview Bure, all meals and return Kadavu Island Airport – Resort boat transfers.

To Enter, simply visit the Fiji Airways  Promotion Page

 

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Food and Garden Organics Best Practice Collection Manual


About the manual

Organic waste represents a significant proportion of Australia's waste and contributes to greenhouse gas emissions. One objective of the National Waste Policy: Less waste, more resources is to enhance biodegradable (organic) resource recovery and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from landfills. To support this objective, the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities commissioned the Food and Garden Organics Best Practice Collection Manual.
The Food and Garden Organics Best Practice Collection Manual addresses each step in the consideration, planning and implementation of an organics collection scheme, from investigating the right type of systems to adopt, through to scheme roll out and ongoing monitoring and evaluation of scheme performance.
The manual highlights the importance of effective communication and public engagement and the need to monitor and evaluate schemes to achieve the best result.
The manual was developed in consultation with key stakeholders and with input from a working group, with members from state governments, local government associations, waste contractors and local councils

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Thursday, May 2, 2013

Prepping Your Vegetable Garden | My Organic Gardening Blog


William Moss, Master Gardener, helps you understand how prepping your garden for vegetable planting will pay large dividends when it comes to harvesting. 


Choose an area for your vegetable garden that receives about 8 hours of sunlight a day, and then clear the space of any debris.  William suggests using OMRI Listed products for your organic garden and turning your soil for the plant’s advantage. Get more suggestions from William by watching this video.  What vegetables and fruits are you growing this season? Prepping Your Vegetable Garden | My Organic Gardening Blog

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Organic Gardening Books - The 50 Absolute Best Gardening Books




These organic gardening books are those that have had the most profound effect on me, and I have read a lot of gardening books.

Most of them just repeat what the last one said, much of which is not great advice in my opinion (and yet somehow they become the popular ones - funny how that is).

But I'm not here to worry about that - the goal today is to give you my list of the best gardening books on my shelves.

These organic gardening books are some of the best gardening books out there. Feel free to post down at the bottom if there are other books you would include on this list.


I've now spent about 15 hours putting this together, finding pictures, getting the book summaries, writing my thoughts and so on, so I hope you really enjoy it.




Saturday, March 2, 2013

Yuruga Nursery » Mulching Your Native Plants

Great article on composting in Tropics!

One of the secrets of successful native gardening is the lavish use of organic mulch…
In our hot tropical monsoonal climate with a long dry season every year, any measure that reduces the need for watering and saves on water bills is surely commonsense.
Bare ground heats up very easily under the relentless tropical sun. Roots can’t grow in baking hot soil. Therefore in North Queensland it is essential to cover the ground with a thick insulating blanket of mulch to keep the soil temperature cool enough for the roots of newly planted plants to grow.
DON’T EVER USE BLACK PLASTIC TO COVER YOUR SOIL. Sure, it will smoother out weeds, but, being black, it absorbs heat and makes the soil too hot. The roots will cook underneath it. Furthermore, soil needs oxygen otherwise it becomes sour, and black plastic cuts off the air supply. Black plastic is popular in cold climates where the ground needs to be kept warm, but is totally unsuitable for the tropics.

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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Composting 101 | My Organic Gardening Blog


We all know (or at least have heard) that composting is good. But do we all know why? There are several benefits to creating compost and using it in your organic gardening practices. I recently read some wonderful information and realized that many of us may not know just why we should be crazy about composting. Read on to learn about how great compost truly is for you and your garden, and why you should start composting immediately.
First, it is important to understand that composting allows the organic matter and nutrients of a plant to return to the soil. Although it exists in soil already, nutrients are depleted and used by the plants that grow in it and need to be replenished. Compost helps to improve the structure of soil, while improving a soil’s fertility and ph balance. Composting supports and promotes a wide range of soil life, such as bacteria, fungi, worms, or beetles. Compost is also known to create plants that are more resistant to diseases, especially ones that are soil-born.
There are two more reasons everyone should keep composting in mind, and these reasons, to me, make the most sense as to why composting is essential. Don’t you think it’s a better idea to put your “waste” into your backyard and create a sustainable process of living, rather than hauling it to a wasteland in a town nearby? Yes, I thought you’d agree with me on that, too. Also, why wouldn’t you practice composting, when the necessary ingredients are so easy to come by? Your eggshells from breakfast, along with the grinds from your morning coffee-holic routine are perfect. What else? The ends of the lettuce you refuse to eat, along with the scraps left from your sandwich at lunch are ideal additions to your compost pile.
Ringer Compost PlusTo begin composting, there are two things you should do – 1.) decide where to set-up your compost shop and 2.) get started. I chose to put my compost pile in a corner of my yard that is visually blocked by my shed. Secondly, I employed the Ringer® Compost Plus Organic Compost Starter to begin my composting endeavor. I used this, along with waste from my yard, to get started and then just added my daily waste materials like weeds, kitchen scraps, newspaper, and shredded up cardboard, among other things.
I highly recommend embarking on your own compost journey, if you have yet to do so. It will save you money, save the trash collectors from hauling unnecessary sustainable waste, and best of all, help your gardens thrive and remain healthy. Please feel free to share any tips you use in your composting practices, as we all can always learn more!


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