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.

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.


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 –

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

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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