Bureau of meteorology declares El Nino alert.

After a couple of years of consistent and sometimes damaging rain in large parts of the country I can’t blame gardeners if they have taken their foot off the pedal when it comes to drought proofing their garden.

I know in my part of the world in the Dandenong ranges, cool climate, moisture loving plants like Camellias, Azaleas and Rhododendrons are booming. All varieties that will potentially struggle if the weather dries up as much as predicted.

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We have been warned for some time now that this weather is not the norm and we as gardeners need to do our best to mitigate against a warmer, drier way of life so our gardens and broader environment can benefit. That all starts under our feet.

As a young gardener I was once told by a wise man “look after the soil and everything else will fall into place” Over my 25 plus years of gardening this has never failed to ring true.

If I said there is a way of holding extra moisture and nutrients in the soil and all the while locking up carbon underground for generations to come most people would say I was crazy. That is what biochar does.

Now is the time to start incorporating biochar into your garden… New plantings, vegetable beds, compost heaps and much more. Unlike fertilizer and water crystals once applied it will be in the soil forever…. No need to reapply, holding over 3 times its weight in water. Biochar is the ultimate capital investment for your garden and our environment.


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