Plan to Plant

 

My background is not just confined to horticulture and garden design. I have an Associate Diploma in Applied Science where I specialised in Environment and Forestry.  Working with the DPI as an overseer and as a production nursery manager, has given me extensive experience in plant production, establishment and maintenance.  I also have formal qualifications in landscape horticulture and garden design. I have been a consultant for over 16years and have travelled all over South East Queensland and Northern New South Wales for work. Over this time I have seen many gardens and resolved many horticultural and design issues.


One of the most rewarding parts of my job is helping clients by giving the right advice. So when you are developing your landscape it is important to realise the benefits that a suitably qualified consultant can bring to your project.


In January 2008, I completed a Permaculture Design Certificate. This enables me to converse and relate the permaculture philosophy and design principles to those of you who are wishing to lighten their footprints! Permaculture is broadly -based in many science disciplines, its holistic approach has many valuable applications to all aspects of my life. As a student of applied science my skill and experience give me the unique ability to advise and solve problems in a diverse range of situations.  My conservative conscience gives me a deep-seated desire to minimise our impact on the environment.


After reading about the decline in the numbers of honeybees worldwide and relying on bees for pollination in my home gardens, I decided to learn more about beekeeping. I have been mentored by some truly knowledgeable local beekeepers and now I have both Top Bar and Langstroth hives in my backyard. I have added more bee attracting plants and herbs to my gardens and the surrounding suburbs are a rich resource for the bees to forage. It's a very rewarding experience.


Mark Thomson
Assoc. Dip. App. Science (Forestry); Cert. Hort. (Landscape), Permaculture (PDC)

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE MIRACLE OF COMPOST

Compost can help to loosen heavy clay soils so plants can thrive and helps sandy soil hold nutrients and moisture. It will encourage beneficial microorganisms that help your plants grow strong and healthy. As compost breaks down, it feeds your plants organically.
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