Eight Acres - the blog — soil

Winter Woodfires: Using wood ash

Jun 21 2018 3 Comments Tags: ash, compost, soil, woodstove

As you know, through winter we heat our home and cook using a woodstove, so we produce lots of wood ash as a result.

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What you need to know about soil

Dec 18 2017 0 Comments Tags: farm, garden, soil

The more you spend time gardening or farming, the more you start to think about soil, and improving your soil and growing more plants. Here’s a few things that I think you should know about your soil to get you started.

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Rehabilitating our property OR how to choose a small farm

Mar 22 2017 0 Comments Tags: land, Peter Andrew, soil, weeds

This is a post from February 2011, back when we only had Eight Acres and were working on fixing the soil fertility and clearing the paddocks.  A few thoughts on what you can do with a small property.

This is the second small farm/acreage property that we've lived on. The first one, in the Lockyer Valley, was fairly flat and cleared of all but a few tall trees, with two good dams and few rocks or...

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Book review: Organic Farming with Worms

Feb 15 2016 0 Comments Tags: biological farming, book, soil, sustainable, worm farm

I've had a compost worm farm for several years now. Actually I currently have three worm farms. They are a little addictive! I didn't know anything about compost worms before I got them, but I fell in love with the concept of having somewhere to dispose all our organic (vegetative) waste that would also reliably produce compost and liquid fertiliser. The worms and I have been very happy with our...

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Soil testing for dams, roads and erosion control

Jan 18 2016 0 Comments Tags: dams, soil

I started a series on soil testing back here, in which I explained a few simple tests to work out the clay/silt/sand content of soil and the pH. I was always going to come back and explain dispersion, but the truth was, I didn't really know WHY dispersion was important at that time. I have since done a course on erosion management and it all became clear. However, dispersion is not really...

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Can cows save the planet? - book review

Mar 12 2014 0 Comments Tags: book, farm, soil

The book Cows Save the Planet: And Other Improbable Ways of Restoring Soil to Heal the Earth, by Judith D. Schwartz, covers a whole range of topics including soil carbon, water, minerals, and of course, cows, and their impact of climate and human health. When I read about this book, I knew I wanted to read and review it, and Judith was very kind to arrange for me to get a copy from New South...

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