Spring Bay Mill takes part in many community plantings, with its nursery helping to replenish biodiversity onsite at the Mill and throughout the east coast of Tasmania.

We help our soils to develop their potential as a highly active soil system full of beneficial micro and macro organisms, all playing their part to assist plant growth. This, combined with the above-ground planting design, will eventually provide a visually interesting, sustainable and rich growing environment.

From deep litter recycling and worm towers to the amazing bio-compost heap, the many composting techniques used to improve the soils (terra) of the site are one significant part of the success behind turning a standard garden into totally organic productive gardens for all.

Up to 10,000 young plants live at any one time in the Mill’s nursery, waiting to join the ongoing rejuvenation mission that underpins everything we do at the Mill.

Bicheno Penguin Habitat

In July we held a community plant propagation in Bicheno.

The outcome was to collect local coastal plants, propagate them and replant them throughout endangered Bicheno coastal penguin habitats. The young cuttings were looked after in the propagation facilities at The Mill’s nursery. Once established they were replanted during the National Tree Day activities and beyond.

This is an ongoing collaboration between Spring Bay Mill, Glamorgan Spring Bay Council’s Natural Resources team and community volunteers.

Terra-rific Bio Compost

This is an amazing looking compost heap, a sculptural feature in any garden and yet a highly productive technique that produces incredible compost in just a few months. Once built there is no need to turn it, just let it mature like a fine wine! Come along and learn the ins and outs of how this unique heap is made.

One of the main success stories of the site has been the speed at which the soils have been improved to grow fresh produce. The inspiration for this success in part, comes from Ruth Stout an American garden writer and newspaper columnist of the 1950’s and 60’s who developed a technique involving the spreading of hay over the soil to at least “eight inches”, 200mm; and then to let the soil organisms and the rest of “nature” do what they do best. The result was as close to a totally sustainable garden that one could get without additional inputs such as manufactured fertiliser, chemicals or pest treatments.

Chat with Marcus at any of our garden-related events and discover this technique and the many other biological understandings used to improve soils that sustainably and successfully grow plants in The Mills organic field.