peat soil and garden supplies
By Tiffany S.
//8th March 2019//
Today I had the privilege of meeting someone I consider to be the maverick of healthy sustainable soil. Peter Wadewitz, his family and wonderful staff have managed to turn rubbish into liquid, pellet and microbial gold and might just be paving the way globally on innovative methods in turning our trash into food stability and water sustaining treasure. Walking into their White Valley plant (1 of 3 operational plants in SA) I was given a high vis vest and given a tour of their operation.
Looking out onto mounds of green waste amongst mounds of rich dark soil it was easy to spot the fresh organic bin mound, as there was plastic that people had placed in their green organic bins instead of a recycling bin. Peter mentioned that he has had to deal with all sorts of organic and non-organic matter thrown haphazardly into green bins, ranging from a full grown rottweiler to parts from cars and even….sex toys - they’ve seen it all. Unfortunately, in dealing with the issue they have had to add costs of an increase in labour and plant mechanisations to deal with the thoughtlessness of the general public’s use of green bins. Hopefully this will change!
Amongst the mounds of wood waste, sawdust, green waste there are lovely darker rich mounds of soil churning over billions of microbes and nutrients ripe for adding to crops ranging from vineyards to your humble herb pot. Some mounds are ‘cooking’ with micobes care of well known award winning South Australian wine producing vineyards, specifically inoculated with strains of microbes unique to viticulture. One particular mound was being ‘toiled’ in a state of the art manner to provide oxygen to microbes throughout the central area of the mound with four oxygen pipes placed into the centre of the mound. The technology came from Europe.
Peter and his staff have recently come back from the Middle East and South Africa we’re they are spreading the sustainable movement with the successful implementation of their biobins, but it doesn’t stop there. Delegates internationally are also coming to Peat’s soil plants to train in the methods he utilises to turn rubbish into health sustainable soil.
Brighton Community Garden has been lucky enough to be sponsored with the foundation of healthy soil and compost from Peat’s soil. We are beyond grateful and thrilled that such an innovator in the sustainable development, circular economy, recycling and healthy soil production has imparted such knowledge and help.
Stay tuned, we will be posting much more on all things healthy soil, community gardens, food security, circular economy, sustainable development and of course all things Peat’s Soil!