Green Wall Soil Mix is a winner

“I have been using John Daly’s –  Bioganic Earth – Green Wall soil mix for 2 years now. Specialising in Green Walls, I discovered Bioganic Earth Green Wall soil mix after 12 months of extensive research to find the prefect plant and soil mediums for vertical gardens.

Coming from a permiculture background & knowing that  great, fertile soil is key to the  success of plant’s growth and health, I use the Green wall blend mix in both domestic small scale pot designs through to large scale modular systems.  After 2 years the early Green walls still look fantastic with clients raving on the lushness of the plants, the ease of maintenance and  small amount of water required to support walls. I have only a 2-5 %  loss of plants since using Johns Green wall blend which is amazing,

Apart from great soil mediums I have also  found that John at Eco Environment very professional, from the 1st phone call his service, guidance and knowledge has been fantastic.

Regards

Mick Stovin

Green Mandala Landscaping & Design

Bioganic Earth great “all rounder” mix (testimonial)

Dear John,

I’d like to thank you for your time and efforts in helping us with our growing media.  We would like to put forward a testimonial for you.

We are a family owned multi award winning garden centre established since 1996. From a young age we decided to produce a percentage of our plant-stock in house due to the fact that we are an Australian Native Specialist and some plants we like to sell aren’t readily available. There’s also the economics of growing some of your own stock to increase profits.

We have used several different potting media companies over the years and although we have had some reasonable results, we’ve also had some poor results. Couple this with the fact that we don’t grow large numbers of any one plant species, we need a growing media that is diverse in it’s application. We’ve struggled to find a suitable “all round” media that is suitable for the majority of our nursery plants.

After talks with John Daly at Eco Environment in regards to our dilemma he suggested we try some “Bioganic Earth”-specialist Growing media. We still had some of our existing media left so we used it alongside the “Bioganic Earth”. We had some great results. We noticed several differences very early. The “Bioganic Earth” held more moisture in the pot than our existing media however still had
good air porosity and drainage. It also re-wet easier if it did dry out.  Over time we noticed that there was little to no slumpage/sinkage of the media in the pot and the plants were performing well.

We’ve now purchased thirty cubic metres of Bioganic Earth and we’ve never had such healthy plant growth. The media has proven to be a great “all rounder” mix for us and has vastly improved the quality of our green stock.

Nielsens Native Nursery –

nielsensnativenursery.net

Multi-pro proves valuable in shaded area (testimonial)

My name is Peter Tulp.
I am a qualified Greenkeeper and Gardener  with over 30 years experience.
About a year ago I was having great difficulty in obtain a good cover of Palmetto Buffalo Grass in an area that the turf suppliers said would not grow decent grass. Approx 80% shade and very little air -flow under a massive camphor -laurel tree.
After talking to Ian Allison from All About Turf  he put me in touch with John Daly from Eco-Environment  who suggested I top-dress the whole area with “Multi-Pro”. The results have been astounding; grass density has improved markedly and the occurrence of disease has been suppressed.
I highly recommend the use of “Multi-Pro” as both a growing medium for turf and for use as a quality topdressing.
Peter Tulp -Greenkeeper

Frustrated Home Vegetable Gardener (Testimonial)

Hello John,

For 30+ years I have been a frustrated home vegetable gardener experiencing just mediocre results in the product of my labors.

I tried all the best soils and composts that the landscape/garden industry could throw at me but nothing ever gave me the satisfaction of producing really good quality, tasty vegetables at home.

Earlier this year you gave a talk at our Rotary Club explaining why soils do or do not work in particular environments.

I decided to try once more using the information I gleaned from your talk .

I made a raised bed in my garden and purchased bags of Bioganic Earth from the local stockist of your product.

I planted the good old staples of tomatoes, lettuce and cucumbers.

I could not believe how quickly and robustly those plants grew within days of planting.  While waiting for the plants to produce, I put in some bok choy, Capsicum and herbs.

The tomatoes taste wonderful and have been continually producing for nearly 3 months. We have used the bok choy and planted more and more different types of lettuce.

The garden was (and continues to be) such a huge success that I have built 3 more using a cubic metre of your Biganic Earth. We have strawberries, chillies, beans (2 types), spring onions, zucchini, and now butternut pumpkin and (South African) Gem Squash.

I have now added Multi-Pro fertiliser/conditioner to the original garden and we are preparing to experiment with some new varieties. What a joy!

The original single cucumber plant has produced over 40 crisp large and delicious cucumbers and is still producing. Family and friends just love the home grown produce.

We still have our original vegie garden which we put in about a year ago using the usual garden centre soils and compost etc. Presently, it contains some beans, celery and a pumpkin (planted at the same time as the pumpkin in the new beds). I have included a couple of photos to show the enormous difference between the two gardens.

Thank you so much for your help and information.

I was sceptical when I heard your talk but not any more.

I am a believer.

Stewart Rice and Pat Matthews

Original Bioganic Earth Garden

Old Vegie Garden

Butternut pumpkin at 5 weeks

4 new gardens

G20 And Sustainable Urban Farming

Recently at the G20 I had the opportunity to represent the AGDF (Australian Green Development Forum) and talk about sustainable urban farming.

The AGDF has been in operation since 2002 and has become an important knowledge centre for sustainability and green professional development in Australia.

Our board is made up of representatives from BCC, University of Queensland and Griffith University, property developers, architects, town planners and Queensland government departments who are passionate about sustainable development.

We promote Positive Development and carbon positive development strategies following the principles developed by Professor Janis Birkeland, the author of Positive Development.

These principles encourage green walls , indoor air quality, urban food growing and an integrated vegetation approach to property development.

It was a great honour to be involved in such a level of talks and I look forward to sharing more on the nature of the talks.

John Daly G20

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Horticultural Media Association – Meeting

The Horticultural Media Association Qld events meeting at Bamboo Down Under at the demonstration Gardens,  on Saturday 2-2-13.

Great day had by all with members coming from Toowoomba, Sunshine Coast Brisbane and Cairns.

Bamboo spp number more than 900 species. Approx 600 are Clumping and the rest are Running Bamboos. Of the clumping bamboo species many are useful for  food (Corm shoots) and  building  materials, for flooring, wall panelling, furniture, paper etc (all are  renewable resources).

Bamboo has gone a long way to saving and preserving forest timber and natural rainforest habitats. Did you Know – there are over 5 species of Australian native bamboo in the Northern Territory – Arnhem land. The Aborigine have been making didgeridoo‘s from bamboo stems over last 40,000 years. Thank you to Rick and Colin at Bamboo Down under, from a retiring president.

Balance Of Power?

Energy Conservation versus Indoor Environment Quality.

Around the world current public debate is focussed on the global problem of climate change. A crucial part of this discussion is how greenhouse gas emissions can be reduced. In the context of the built environment this has, in recent years, created a shift towards energy efficiency and sustainable development.

But what kind of indoor environments can we expect in future buildings if energy efficiency is the main target? Is it possible to strike a balance between these competing interests? Or are we already there?

The subject of this symposium will be balancing the need for energy conservation, while improving indoor environmental quality. Bringing together key industry stakeholders, this will be an opportunity to hear and learn from experts on the current situation; contribute discussions on future direction; and provide a chance for interdisciplinary networking.

As part of the 10th International Healthy Buildings Conference, which will be held from 8-12 July 2012, there will also be a one day symposium which will focus on optimising energy efficiency and securing improved indoor air quality in green buildings. Delegates can participate in the entire conference or just in the one day symposium. More information about the program for the conference and symposium is provided below.

Convenor: Mark Thomson, Corporate Sustainability Principal, Schiavello Group P/L

Venue: Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, Queensland, Australia

Target Audience: Building Industry Groups (design consultants, government advisors, architects, ventilation engineers); Property Industry Groups (developers, interior designers, landscape architects, government, facility managers, marketing advisors); and Indoor Environment Quality Professionals (academics and practitioners).

Program of the Symposium: The program of the Symposia will on the one hand have a very strong international component, but on the other hand will include very relevant local and regional issues. It will include plenary presentations, submitted papers sessions, interactive panel discussions, and poster sessions. The discussions will be led by panels of top practitioners and academics in this broad field.