I am often asked how I keep my Balcony garden looking so lush and productive. The secret is in the soil! As I've spoken about many times on my socials "soil is everything". If we feed the soil, the soil takes care of the plant. Apart from copious composting as the mainstay of my soil amendment, there are a few excellent products I use to give that boost to my living soil. Here are some of my favourites that have been tested and passed my very stringent requirements:
Avaiable on my website www.upontherooftop.com.au I am the Australian reseller of this fabulous US based fabric grow bag. Root Pouch is a market leader internationally and has a sperior product that has been around for over 10 years. I loved the product so much when I first used it that I decided I simpy must bring it to the Australian market, so I did!
Avaiable on my website www.upontherooftop.com.au
Ollas for irrigation! Again, something I'd come across years ago in my sustainability research. Ollas have been around for over 2000 years.
Available in my webstore
HEALTHY SOIL: Munash Indoor Plant Soil Food is made specifically for indoor plant potting mix soil. This gentle blend has an abundance of minerals which will nourish the soil to help your plants thrive. The minerals feed all the goodness, bacteria, and microbes in your potting mix to ensure your indoor plants have the happiest home. Building a strong soil foundation is key to growing healthy plants. HEALTHY PLANTS:Munash Indoor Plant Seaweed Tonic is a lush seaweed concentrate which you simply add to water to support indoor plants to grow and thrive. Made from sustainable Australian Bull Kelp with added plant growth minerals, this tonic is perfect to encourage the ongoing growth and health of your indoor plants. HEALTHY FOLIAGE:Munash Indoor Plant Foliage Spray is a gentle formula made from sea minerals and is perfectly balanced to care for the leaves and foliage of your indoor plants. A gentle spray and your plant foliage will become greener, stronger and healthier.
Available in Garden Centres and online if in Victoria
Munash Revitalize is a chemical free, certified organic compost that s nutrient rich and comprised of green and food waste. 100% natural, does not contain any pine bark, sand, plant fibres or fillers and is safe around children and pets. Munash Revitalize can be use as a lawn top dress, mixed into new and established gardens, pots, containers and veggie garden beds as well as around fruit trees, natives, flowering plants and more.
Available from Dr Greenthumb
Root Roids is a premium combination of Mycorrhizae & Nutrient Solubilizing Bacteria.
Create massive colonies of Living Soil microorganisms directly in your root zone with our highly targeted Mycorrhizae & beneficial bacteria.
Designed to compliment any nutrient program to increase yields and flavor. Perfect for Coco & Soil growers.
Naturally unlock & retain nutrients for longer, leading to stronger plants, faster growth rates & masses of healthy roots.
Growers are reporting 7-10 days shortening of the vegetative growth period due to massive increases in plant growth and vigor.
Eliminates detrimental organisms in the root zone.
Hydroponic growers can enjoy a 15-25% reduction in fertilizer costs whilst growing far superior quality flower.
Noticeable results in just 48hrs
Available in Garden Centres
Stimulates strong root growth and beneficial soil micro-organisms.
Promotes vigorous flowering and fruiting and overall garden health.
Helps plants cope with all kinds of stress, such as heat, drought and frost.
Gives plants better resistance to sucking insects and fungal attack.
Safe to use on all plants including natives at any time.
Improves seed germination and reduces transplant shock.
Helps to increase nutrient uptake, so when fertilisers are applied they are much more effective.
Food2Soil is a biologically alive liquid fertiliser made from recycled food waste! Perfect for home gardeners, market gardeners, farmers and beyond who want to naturally feed their gardens and help the planet at the same time.
They use the ancient practice of fermentation to turn organic waste into a rich nutritious probiotic tonic (also known as biostimulant). Café food + Coffee waste → Fermented = Food2Soil
Available from Get Grassed
Get Kelp+ is a fresh seaweed extract combined with key minerals and bioactive substances that are essential for your trees, plants and grass. Our patented technology avoids overuse of chemicals and helps with heat stress. This results in more natural environmentally friendly product for your family and the community. Get Kelp+ is an ideal organic liquid fertilizer for your garden, resulting in tastier, healthier vegetables, more colourful flowers and lush green lawns.
Available from Hoselink. I have 2 Hoselink wall mounted hoses and I really love these. No leaks, long hoses that zip back into the carousel when not required. I don't water my garden the conventional way with a hose as I use Ollas but I want to mention this hose brand because I've used lots of hose reels before and they are a pain as they tangle, get stuck and do not automatically wind back. These make filling the ollas very easy!
Available from Greensmart. Self wicking containers that started off my garden several years ago. You will see them on my Social feed on stands which are made specifically for these pots. I purchased these from Adloheat
I have 2 medium sized pods on wheels on the Balcony. and one has the shade cloth accessory. Self wicking container. Is very heavy when loaded with soil and water so please do check the weight bearing capacity of your Balcony before purchasing.
Available at various eco retailers online. Made to last for a lifetime. The pegs are made of marine grade 316 stainless steel, which empowers them to repel any rust or corrosion, regardless of their surrounding weather and environment.The regular size pegs have a 1.7 mm wire that’s 5.8 cm long, while the large size ones have a 2 mm wire that’s 7.6 cm long; both with robust grip! THey are great for hanging wasing, holding tendrils netting, shade cloth in place! They don't break like plastic pegs and are so good for the planet!