If you are gardening in the Geographe Catchment, tune into this informative recording from the Bay OK workshop “Gardening on Sandy Soils”. Shannon White from Baileys Fertilisers informed participants about products they can use in their gardens to ensure plants are getting the nutrients and water they need to thrive. He explained that gardeners with sandy soils can employ several measures to improve their soil so that the fertiliser and water applied to their gardens stays where plants can use it instead of running off into the local catchment. “If the sand can be improved, fertiliser runoff or movement through the sand by irrigation or rain can be dramatically reduced. Your plants will see an increased benefit.”
If you have ever tried growing a fruit tree in Western Australia, you will know that sandy soils can make establishing plants a complex task. Western Australia contains a range of sandy soil types that can each present their own unique challenges, especially in the Geographe Catchment where we are gardening on what is actually a sand dune.
Held in Dalyellup and Dunsborough, participants learned how to garden on sandy soils, what products to use to increase productivity and minimise environmental impact, and how to set up home irrigation so that watering efficiently is maximised.