A report tabled recently at Marlborough District Council’s Environment Committee has shown that the regions soils are at risk. Required under the Resource Management Act, the soil quality monitoring report determines the “life-supporting capacity of soil” and how current farming practice might impact on “the foreseeable needs of future generations".
Gardening in Nelson - Top Tips for Success
Nelson is one of the better regions in the world for gardening because of the great climate. We have a temperate climate which provides enough hours of chilling in winter to ensure good fruit set on deciduous fruit and berries, and is mild enough to grow sub-tropical plants like citrus reasonably well. Add to this the long sunshine hours and a reasonably even spread of the 1200mm of annual rainfall and we are well on the way to successful gardening.
Although we have some soil types in the region that suit fruit production, the soils in our urban areas can be on the heavy side with a predominance of clay, which makes gardening a challenge.
Wholesale Landscapes Congratulates Tim’s Garden Services on Expansion
Since 2003, Wholesale Landscapes’ mulches, composts and soils have proven to be the favoured choice for landscapers operating in the Top of the South. The quality of products is well-renowned, and one local business has been thriving, utilising Wholesale Landscapes product, and is now branching out, reflecting its burgeoning growth in a buoyant market.
A Soil Health Field Day, hosted by Wholesale Landscapes, will bring members of the viticulture industry together to discuss sustainable solutions for improved vineyard management.
Increasing concern over the cancer dangers posed by glyphosate, (as outlined in an earlier Wholesale Landscapes’ article), has seen Christchurch Council severely restrict use of the herbicide by its grounds staff. Now it seems, their inability to deal with the consequent proliferation of weeds is causing a budget blow-out.
Grape marc, the by-product of pressing grapes, can be dealt with easily in small quantities. With large acreages, Marlborough wineries are increasingly finding disposal of this substance problematic. Strict Council rules about disposal and storage further complicate the issue. Utilising grape marc as a soil conditioner is an option, but without additional material this substance can damage soil, vine and grape health. In this article, Simon Kemp, Wholesale Landscapes’ Horticultural Specialist, provides advice on optimising the use of grape marc in vineyards.
Viticulturists know that the health and sustainability of the soil in their vineyards is vital for maintaining vine health and increasing grape yield. Giving back to the soil ensures productivity and longevity of vines. Both growers and researchers in the field agree that the application of compost to soil is an indispensable aspect of current vineyard management.
When the topic of mulch comes up, a lot of people think typically of a bark or compost. So we put the topic to the test.