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Enjoy your great
outdoors this winter
Enjoy your great
outdoors this winter
For more information contact
David Walker on 5674 5520 or
0419 343 307.
307 Koonwarra-Pound Creek Road,
K Use natural high quality compost
to create fertile soil
K Buy by the trailer load or bulk
load you pick-up or we deliver
COMPOST is not only good for soil, it
is also an environmentally friendly way
to turn waste products into an easy to
handle, valuable product.
The amount and nature of farm waste, the
availability of land and the benefits which com-
posting brings to the soil, makes farms an ideal
place to practice composting.
David Walker from Aussie Compost Co has
been manufacturing compost at Koonwarra for
Green waste, straw, manure, sawdust and even
waste paper are added to the compost made onsite
by the company.
“We are always trying something new to make
the product better,” Mr Walker said.
“There is a lot of biology in there, we try to
put different feed stock into it all the time to en-
courage different microbes, which is what makes
Mr Walker’s compost is not only a soil condi-
tioner, but also a cheap source of nitrogen, phos-
phorous and potassium.
“We run the compost alkaline between pH 7.4
and 7.8, which is good because most soils around
here are acid,” he said.
“The green waste we use, often from the Bass
Coast Shire Council, also tests higher than nor-
mal in the trace elements zinc, copper and magne-
sium. All three are desirable in South Gippsland
The compost is extensively tested, to ensure
no traces of insecticides, pesticides or heavy met-
als and is manufactured to Australian Standard
“This means the rows are heated up to 70 de-
grees, which kills all the weed seeds and patho-
gens that may be present,” Mr Walker said.
Aussie Compost Co constantly has 1200m3
of compost made all the time, ready to go out on
farm or onto your garden.
Each row takes eight to 10 weeks to become
ready for use. It is turned at least eight times dur-
ing that period with the specially designed wind-
While the business started off focussed on
agricultural applications, Mr Walker said recent
hard times for dairy farmers has seen an increase
in demand from smaller operations.
“We supply a lot of community gardens, mar-
ket gardens, orchards, vineyards and home gar-
dens as well,” he said.
“We regularly deliver to the Mornington Pen-
insula and have plenty of repeat customers from
as far as Yarram, Traralgon and Koo Wee Rup.”
Good composting improves soil biology,
which is important for soil health. Carbon, ni-
trogen, phosphorous and potassium are the pri-
mary nutrients required by the microorganisms
involved in composting.
Nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium are also
the primary nutrients for plants, so their concen-
trations also influence the value of the compost.
CUTTING your cleaning time in half
starts with a system.
That means cleaning the house in the same or-
der every time by working one room at a time,
starting and finishing at the same spot in a room so
that you don’t waste time running back and forth.
Try to do the same thing every time you clean,
so it is a routine. The routine is the method, and
that is an inherently better way to clean because
the speed comes from the method instead of from
Don’t start a room by wiping the coffee table,
then clean the blinds and seeing the dust from the
blinds coat your newly clean coffee table.
Instead start at the top of the room, such as
dusting a ceiling fan, and work down to the floor
to eliminate redundant work.
Likewise, cleaning left to right ensures that
you cover the entire room instead of darting from
place to place.
Be consistent: have a method in your clean-
ing and you will do it in half the time!
Condition soil with compost
Turn over: this specially de-
signed composting machine
passes along the compost
windrows mixing, aerating
and conditions the product
into a uniform blend.
Various uses: David Walker from Aussie Compost Co said his product is an effective soil
conditioner as well as a cost effective source of nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium.
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