Aquaponics Network Australia (ANA) tubbed fruit trees to grow in “bioganic earth”

Aquaponics Network Australia (ANA) tubbed fruit trees to grow in “bioganic earth”

Switched-on horticulturalists in Brisbane are now growing tubbed fruit trees in a new kind of created soil named “Bioganic Earth”.

Aquaponics Network Australia will soon be demonstrating such trees in backyard-style aquaponics teaching units at Carindale and Nerang in SE Queensland.

It is a “specialist growing medium” created by noted Brisbane horticulturalist, John Daly, of eCo-Environment.
John’s vastly superior growing media for tubbed plants is also used for green roofs or green walls.
It has better plant growing capacity than any other soil (natural or created). Engineered to hold maximum water, it provides all plant foods, and provides superior root zone aeration. Cost is only about $1/litre volume..
It even has microbes in it for all the symbiotic root-zone tasks from which a growing plant can benefit.
Indoor plants grown in the new media have added benefit in better absorption of harmful VOC’s (volatile organic compounds) coming from building materials in new homes or offices.

Professional trials have well shown superior growth and sustainability of plants in the new specialist growing media, compared with other soils or substrates.

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

I am a believer (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




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.

Brisbane Airport Corporation Soil Treatment

Organic Lifte Multi Pro - a proven winner for landscaping

Multi Pro is an organic-based fertiliser and soil conditioner with added controlled release fertilisers and wetting agents.

The first stage of re-establishing and landscaping the area along Airport Drive in front of the Brisbane International Airport was originally sand pumped from Moreton Bay for landfill. It was a problem area in terms of growth establishment. After initial soil analysis it was noted that the existing soil was in very poor shape with very little organics and little nutrition. After discussions with the company employed to do the recommendations for the amelioration it was decided that an organic-based product with good nutrition and a high organic carbon base be used for this project.

To meet the standard that was required, we blended our everyday organically certified product Natura Max Fertiliser and Soil Conditioner, which in itself has high nutrient value, with a wetting agent, controlled release nitrogen, 11-month controlled release fertiliser, added calcium and added trace elements and this was applied at 4kgs per M² to a depth of 300mm to the whole area. Trees and plants were planted with an extra amount of Multi Pro to help with long term establishment and increase moisture holding reserves in the soil.

The outcome has been staggering compared to what was there before. The second stage at the entrance of the airport has also been a huge success.

Brisbane Airport Corporation Soil Treatment & Amelioration and Plant Establishment.

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