Long-term benefits of compost when applied to your soils

long-term benefits of compost

We’re putting more and more synthetic fertilisers into our land and simultaneously asking more from our productivity and outputs. Something has to give and is that organic matter? The thing that is unseen and slowly going away without us even realising?   How many years will it be until SOS has another meaning of, Save […]

How do you make compost in bulk?

make compost in bulk

Ever wonder what process our compost products go through before it reaches you?   It’s a common misconception that compost is just soil with additives to help build organic matter. But the truth is, there is a science behind the process of making quality compost in bulk.   At home, your compost is likely made […]

How is soil organic matter measured?

Lawn grass sprouting.

In the laboratory, organic matter is measured as total carbon by high-temperature combustion analysers which raise the soil sample to a temperature of about 1,300°C and the total carbon is measured as carbon dioxide.   Total carbon is expressed as a percentage of the soil weight. The measurement includes both organic and inorganic (carbonates) carbon. […]

Benefits of Compost in Viticulture

Increasingly, large vineyards are yielding the benefits of giving back to the soil that provides for them by increasing organic matter through the use of products like Hort Compost. The Grape Days seminar, New Zealand Wine Growers annual technical event, held recently in Marlborough, had a focus on fighting disease, innovating and the future.    […]

Compost Mulch Treats Sodic Soils in Vineyards

sodic soil

Marlborough vineyards are overcoming sodic soil conditions by the application of compost as mulch.  In this article, Wholesale Landscapes looks at the problem and investigates methods of treatment.   What are Sodic Soils? Sodic soils are characterised by high levels of exchangeable sodium, which impedes water infiltration and water availability, adversely affecting plant growth. Sodic soils are innately […]

Sustainable Viticulturists Making Their Marc in Marlborough

Grape marc, the by-product of pressing grapes, can be dealt with easily in small quantities. With large acreages, Marlborough wineries are increasingly finding disposal of this substance problematic. Strict Council rules about disposal and storage further complicate the issue. Utilising grape marc as a soil conditioner is an option, but without additional material this substance […]