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Carmine Di Fava
Easier to grow, better to eat
Many of Adelaide’s vegetables come from the loamy soils north of Adelaide. For second-generation market gardener, Carmine Di Fava, the soil-conditioning properties of Jeffries Organic Compost deliver a great return on investment.
Compost adds vital organic matter to the soil, improves nutrient and water use, and stops the ground ‘crusting’ on hot summer days. This makes life a lot easier for his delicate seedlings to emerge and grow into big, juicy carrots. We’re sure you can taste the difference.
‘We mix Jeffries Organic Compost into the soil and leave some on top. It keeps the soil moist, friable and easy to work with.’
Taking care of the whole vineyard
Biodynamic farms focus on creating naturally fertile soils, using compost to promote growth of both vines and cover crops. This holistic method doesn’t work to adjust soil ‘deficiencies’ with the use of synthetic fertilisers and pesticides, but rather to improve long-term soil health by considering the whole vineyard as one organism.
To create just the right compost mix for their biodynamic vineyard, Paxton Wines work with Jeffries’ custom blending service. Unlike some clients, Paxton managers prefer to get hands-on, visiting the Jeffries site and adding herbal preparations to their own private windrow of Jeffries Organic Compost. Jeffries then adds gypsum and gives the mixture the correct amount of stirring and sitting. What comes out is a custom, biodynamic compost.
Daniel Lavrencic, Paxton’s Vineyard Manager, is glad to have found a South Australian supplier who focuses on their long-term goals and needs. He says that the customer service team has been ‘second-to-none’ from the start, keeping them informed of product changes and new technologies — and accommodating their preference to get touchy-feely with the compost.
Learn more about Paxton and their exceptional wines at www.paxtonvineyards.com
SA’s biggest, fastest rooftop garden
Many readers will have visited the Adelaide Zoo since its new entrance opened, though they may not realise that South Australia’s largest rooftop garden is right above the queues of people waiting to get inside.
Landscape Construction Services (LCS) was contracted for the project. Jeffries supplied 400 tonnes of Jeffries Special Soil, 240 cubic metres of Jeffries Forest Mulch, and 220 cubic metres of lightweight Jeffries Hydrocell—the ideal product for a rooftop garden.
To help keep this major landscaping project to its tight deadlines, the Jeffries Express Blower pumped soil directly onto the rooftop and spread mulch around. This unique vehicle stores and spreads Jeffries products for many hard-to-access sites, sometimes providing the only viable solution to get the job done.
Steve Hudson, LCS project manager, said, ‘the site had very limited access and hardly any space to store soil. With the Express Blower, product could be moved directly from the truck to the beds and didn’t take up any extra room. It was a very efficient way to work.’ This freed up the team to focus on more productive work, saving many wheelbarrow trips!
Learn more about Landscape Construction Services and their capabilities at www.lcslandscape.com.au