Application of Compost for Different Soil Types

Soil Health Consultants Explain the Importance of Organic Matter in Viticulture

Soil performs vital functions in our ecosystems. The soil stores reserves of water for plants, controls water seepage into streams and groundwater and reduces rapid runoff that could cause erosion and floods. The soil stores carbon, (storing about four times more than plants), so it helps minimise the release of carbon dioxide into the air. […]

Compost Vs Soil

Envisage a lush colorful garden complete with perfect layering and a spectrum of flower types and colorings’.   What’s the secret……..?  The answer is in the soil. You need a soil that is easy to work with, doesn’t dry out in the summer, will hold and retain moisture to feed plants and doesn’t get boggy on in the winter. […]

Marlborough Soil Health at Risk

The essence of Marlborough’s wine success is terroir. Unique environmental contexts produce our world-renowned Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir and many other varietals in burgeoning demand.  A critical aspect of terroir is the soil on a vineyard site. However, these distinctive soils and current land management practice are now under scrutiny. Documenting Degrading Soil A report […]

What is a ‘Good’ Soil?

A good soil is one which has a high water holding capacity, but drains freely leaving air space. Water and nutrients in such a soil, will be easily available to plants.   A good soil will be slightly acid (pH 6 – 6.8) at which level the nutrients required by plants are most freely available. […]