We work throughout the year to care for our plants and gardens, and to ensure our soil is healthy, free from weeds. We have help — a tractor, two all-terrain-type vehicles, many hand tools (including rakes, trowels, spades and secateurs), three machines (weed-eater, blower and rotary hoe), and volunteers. We regularly turn over the soil in the beds to keep it light and fluffy, and to help with drainage. Although our soil is fertile, we add humic acid to neutralise toxins, improve soil pH levels and texture, stimulate root growth and draw in nutrients. We use natural fertilisers and only use chemical weed-killer when we have to, but never in our garden beds where we pull out every weed by hand. We hope to be spray-free one day.