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Hello and welcome to November!
I find it gets pretty crazy from here on - like a toboggan going down hill, we seem to increase speed all the way down to Christmas! But hopefully you've got some work done in your garden so you can enjoy the results of your effort later. No? Still on the To-Do list? Well - time to get cracking ~ but the good news is you can still plant LOTS of great things to harvest over the coming weeks & months.
It's been pretty busy down at GLSC too! THANK YOU to all of you lovely folk who helped make our 'Do It In A Dress' weekend such a success! We had lots of fun (as our Facebook friends will know) - here's one of the pictures - and managed to raise $900 - that's enough to provide an education for 3 girls. Imagine for each of them what a life changing opportunity they now have. It's exciting to think of the future potential that will unfurl as they grow and learn. (http://www.doitinadress.com/green-life-soil-co) Australia wide the charity has raised over $400k - enough to educate 1,370 girls. Fantastic!
And THANK YOU to those who voted for us in the Organic Consumers Choice Awards - voting has now closed; so we eagerly await the results. Winners will be announced early December (we'll keep you posted). But speaking of awards...
This year Green Life Soil Co entered the Swan Chamber of Commerce Business Awards; and we were thrilled to have made it as finalists in the following categories: Retail, Manufacturing, Outstanding Customer Service, Business of the Year. We were competing against some really fantastic local companies, so it was an honour to have been chosen among them. But the BIGGEST NEWS is... The Green Life Soil Co WON the 2015 Award for Best Website & Online Services! The presentation was made at a black tie event at Mandoon Estate Winery in the Swan Valley. We took the team along and they helped us celebrate a great night. Special thanks to Uplift Design for all their hard work on our website.
So while all these shenanigans have been going on, in the background we've still been busy this Spring, making the best Certified Organic Soils in town - just for you. Why not come out and visit us soon? We'd love to have a chat and show off our shiny trophy!
Nick Bell will be back in store Saturday, 7th November and Leesa Caldwell on Saturday, 14th November - save the dates.
And in other news - as of NOW - Green Life Soil Co is open 7 DAYS!! That's right! We're re-opening Wednesdays now that we have more team members on board... Exciting times! So come on down any day of the week. (I know, we still have to change our website graphics - the news is so 'hot-off-the-press' we haven't had a chance!)
Until next time,
|pH(1:5 0.01M CaCl2)||6.4|
|Electrical Conductivity||EC||μS/cm||66||< 300|
|TOTAL SOLUBLE SALT||TSS||ppm||217.8||< 990|
|AVAILABLE SODIUM||Na||ppm||21.298||< 92|
|AVAILABLE SULPHUR||S||ppm||10.5||7 - 10|
|AVAILABLE ZINC||Zn||ppm||13.8||3 - 5|
|AVAILABLE IRON||Fe||ppm||5||> 30|
|AVAILABLE MANGANESE||Mn||ppm||4||> 20|
|TOTAL ORGANIC MATTER||OM||%||3.2||3 - 4|
|TOTAL ORGANIC CARBON||OC||%||1.6||1.5 - 2|
While the deficiencies are fairly clear from these results, adjusting the balance of nutrients can be a little complex, and is often best done in stages. Sometimes excess of one nutrient can effect availability of another... As a general rule a balanced, slow release fertiliser and rock dust (which provides micro nutrients and trace elements) is a good place to start. Bassendean sand tends to leach nutrients very readily, so SMALL amounts of fertiliser more often are better than large once or twice a year big feeds.
In addition, the physical soil texture, and amount of organic matter present and moisture content can have a bearing on nutrient availability. Building soil structure will help minimise leaching over time.
We are happy to provide individual advice based on your own soil type/s. While analysis like this are only obtainable through proper laboratory testing, we are able to do pH testing, and also look at your soil sample under a microscope to see what micro-organisms (if any) are present. If you would like to take advantage of this free service, please email or call to arrange a time we can set this up for you.
For further reading, visit the Ag Department website: https://www.agric.wa.gov.au/soil-productivity/vegetable-crop-nutrition-sandy-soils-swan-coastal-plain?page=0%2C1
Our in-house gardening expert sessions have been well received, and why wouldn't they be? Come along and get free garden advice from experienced professionals working in horticulture.
Nick Bell will be back in store on Saturday, 7th November (approx. 10.30 - 12.30). His field of expertise is turf and lawns, and he is also passionate about growing food. He's a qualified square foot gardening instructor, so has practical knowledge to help you get LOTS out of a small space.
Leesa Caldwell will be back in store on Saturday, 14th November (approx. 9.30- 11.30). Leesa is the lady behind The Greenhouse Organic - the grower of our wonderful Certified Organic Seedlings. She has a green thumb, and is happy to share her propagation tips & tricks with you. Her passion is herbs - she's studying Western Herbal Medicine - and can explain the many uses of herbs around the world.
For our VIP members, both these Saturdays we have a special deal! For these two SATURDAYS only, buy 5 bags, get 1 free!!! (Please ASK for the VIP deal.)
Remember too our birthday special for VIP customers ordering online - use the code 14years at checkout and receive $10 off your next online order; valid until 30th November 2015. So if you can't make it in to our store, you can still grab a bargain!
And keep watching our VIP members section of our website, as we are also about to load up lots of our favourite products at REDUCED MEMBER ONLY PRICES - just in time for your Christmas shopping. These are limited offers, so jump in quick.
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