Soil Testing

We encourage customers to take soil samples and have soil tests of the area they are intending to improve, every two years, to monitor the mineral balance of their soils and to determine any mineral deficiences that may need to be addressed.

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ConventionaI farming operations can benefit by cutting back on chemical fertilizers and applying compost mineral blends. Using compost, the nutrients in the soil are transferred to the plant by the microbes, resulting in strong plants

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Compost is the perfect medium to mix in the much needed minerals, so often lacking in our soils, to help bring our soils into balance. Minerals complexed with humus in compost will not leach like water-soluble fertilizers.

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Billabong Organic

Growing vegetables, adding compost and minerals was our next plan.Garlic was our first crop, healthy, plump, and oh so full of flavour, with very favourable feedback from our customers

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Welcome to Billabong Compost

Why use compost?

This was the question we asked when we first started our research into ways to improve the soil on the property.

We understood that adding compost in the vegie garden made a difference - making the soil open -up, creating an easier to dig, friable soil, that holds water, but how and why would it work on the larger scale on the farm?

Composting is part of the earth’s biological cycle of growth and decay, returning nutrients to the soil.
Composting has long been considered a gardener’s best friend, with farmers using compost to improve their soils for centuries. It takes thousands of years for the earth to build good soil, with the addition of compost we can help re-build our soils in a much shorter time.
Compost, and the beneficial soil life it includes, such as the bacteria, fungi, protozoas, etc, replenish and build the soil, making it a healthy, productive environment for plants to grow and thrive.

Modern composting has been able to fast track this process, (taking months instead of years), by providing ideal conditions for the microbes. These microbes are responsible for the break down of the organic matter, leading to humus formation and nutrient availability.
Compost is suitable to be used on its own, as a nutrient rich soil conditioner, and to help build the complexity of the soil ecosystem. Compost can work its magic in the soil in as little as 6 months.
A teaspoon of good compost can contain as many as 5 billion organisms and thousands of different species, all working to restore and build soil.
Compost made from plant and animal residues contain all the nutrients essential for plant growth, including many of the trace elements as well as humic acids, which aid in making nutrients available to the plants.

Feed the soil so that the soil feeds the plants.

Using good quality mature compost, improves the physical (structure), chemical(nutrients), and biological(microbiological) properties of the soil.
Soil health is dependent on all three components being in balance so that the soil can function in a dynamic state of health, by improving nutrient cycling, soil tilth and by reducing chemical usage.
Compost improves the soil structure, the aeration and drainage of heavy soils and improves the water holding capacity and aggregation of sandy soils.

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    Newly planted garden beds

    Newly planted garden beds show health and vigour with no insect pressure.

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    Healthier root balls

    Tree on the left of the photo above, shows the larger, healthier root ball with increased feeder roots, achieved by adding 20% compost to his regular soil mix.

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    Tree nursery adding compost to mix

    A local tree nursery has been conducting trials with Billabong Compost in their potting mixes, with favourable results.