Lead Contamination in Soils and How to Treat It

Lead is a toxic heavy metal that poses a significant risk to humans, wildlife and natural habitats, as heavy metals are not degraded in the environment and consequently accumulate in soils. The lead-contamination of soil and its circulation in the soil–plant–animal–human biological food chain can […]

How to Grow a Choko Vine from a Fruit

The choko or chayote (Sechium edule) is a vigorous, herbaceous perennial vine from the Cucurbitaceae (gourd or cucumber) family, that is native to Central America, but is now cultivated in many parts of the world. Choko fruit are light green in colour and are variable […]

February Vegetable and Herb Gardening Calendar for Arid Climate Australia

February is the last month of summer, with hot days and strong winds, along with the occasional cyclone up north. During this month there are also cool changes with rain and thunderstorms. It’s still a fairly dry time of the year in Victoria, quite hot […]

February Vegetable and Herb Gardening Calendar for Cool & Alpine Climate Australia

February is the last month of summer, and it’s still a fairly dry time of the year in Victoria. Weather is hot and humid in NSW, and rain falls for around half the month. There can be strong winds along with the heat, so water […]

February Vegetable and Herb Gardening Calendar for Tropical Climate Australia

February is the last month of summer, with hot days and strong winds, along with the occasional cyclone up north. During this month there are also cool changes with rain and thunderstorms. In Darwin it’s the wet season. During dry periods, water deeply and less […]

February Vegetable and Herb Gardening Calendar for Subtropical Climate Australia

February is the last month of summer, with hot days and strong winds, along with the occasional cyclone up north. During this month there are also cool changes with rain and thunderstorms. During dry periods, water deeply and less often to encourage roots to grow […]

February Vegetable and Herb Gardening Calendar for Temperate Climate Australia

February is the last month of summer, and it’s still a fairly dry time of the year in Melbourne, quite hot and dry in South Australia, and the hottest month in Perth. It’s hot and humid in Sydney and Brisbane, and rain falls for around […]

Why Herbicide Use is Not Compatible with Healthy Soils

Herbicide use is very common in mainstream agriculture. Despite the documented environmental harm caused by herbicides, and the findings by the World Health Organisation (WHO) International Agency on Research on Cancer (IARC) that glyphosate (Roundup) causes cancer, herbicide use remains rampant and unabated! In 2020 […]