Sand or clay, get to know your soil

Australia’s soils are ancient and diverse. Wherever you garden, your plants will benefit if you understand your soil - Julian Blackhirst

Sand or clay, get to know your soil

Like much of Australia, The Garden of St Erth’s natural soil is challenging and difficult to work with. Calling it soil at all would actually be misleading.

Gold mining here in the 19th century meant any naturally occurring topsoil was completely destroyed, leaving a heavy lifeless mix of white clay and broken up stone. It would be hard to find ground less suitable for creating a gard...

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