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Improving soil health for more successful gardening.

Improving soil health for more successful gardening.

In The Good Dirt, landscape designer Xanthe White digs beneath the surface to reveal the secrets to successful gardening. As the title suggests, this book is all about the soil we find in our garden and more particularly how we can maximize its growing potential.

If you’ve ever wondered why some plants thrive in one location but struggle in your own backyard you’ll be likely to find explanations in the soil below. Xanthe White examines the five main soil types found in New Zealand and offers advice on how to get the best from each one by working in harmony with nature.

Complete with ingredients guides for each soil type and ideas and design features to enhance its fertility, this is an essential companion for anyone looking to establish a new garden or improve their existing one.


If you're serious about gardening, this book would be a worthwhile investment.

NZ House & Garden

Formats & editions

  • Paperback


    September 19, 2016

    Random House NZ

    240 pages

    RRP $45.00

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Beneath The Surface

Learn about the correct soil approach for your garden with landscape designer Xanthe White

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The Bach Flower Gardener
Adam the Gardener
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Gardeners' World: Flowers
Jekka's Herb Cookbook
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Zen Gardening
Forgotten Fruits
The Bedside Book of the Garden
An Ear To The Ground
21st-Century Smallholder
The Great Vegetable Plot