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Colin Johnson – Earthlife

Eco Expo Guest Speakers

Let nature be your gardener, just as it has been…

Nature has provided a perfect example of low-maintenance gardening by being able to grow complete forests for thousands of years without having people running around with bags of fertilisers, wetting agents and spray cans full of chemicals.

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Join Colin Johnson for a free seminar on ‘Natural gardening – a guide to healthy soils, healthy plants, healthy environment.’

The challenge we all face as gardeners is to try and grow gardens in tired, depleted lifeless soils. It doesn’t matter if it’s sandy, clayey, rocky or silty, if there is no life in the soil then the plants will always be dependent on us to keep them alive and we will always be a slave to our gardens. Nature has provided a perfect example of low-maintenance gardening by being able to grow complete forests for thousands of years without having people running around with bags of fertilisers, wetting agents and spray cans full of chemicals. The aim then is for gardeners to be able to restore soils, however bad, to their healthy, dynamic natural conditions so our plants can grow as nature intended. This can easily be accomplished with the addition of biologically enhanced volcanic-based rock minerals and composted humates which will improve soil structure, drainage, water-holding capacity and in-turn creates a pool of natural nutrients for plants to access what they need, when they need it. We can let nature be our gardener, minimising both our time and effort normally used just to keep our gardens alive.

Who is Colin Johnson

Colin Johnson has been actively working as a Horticultural Professional in the Nursery and Garden Industry in Queensland for the past 20 years. He studied both Cert III and Diploma in Horticulture and spent 13 years working in and managing Retail Garden Centres, and 4 years representing 2 major allied product suppliers to the horticultural industry. He was given the opportunity to represent Earthlife in 2016 and took the position with alacrity. He is a fanatical plant collector and passionate gardener, with 6 acres of Land for Wildlife property in the foothills of the Gold Coast Hinterland. His belief has always been that nature knows best when growing plants and is able to grow a wide variety of both native and exotic species without using manures, blood and bones, chemical fertilisers, pesticides and fungicides, actively practicing and promoting natural, low-maintenance environmentally-friendly gardening techniques.

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