Stone Rise Farm has been created from what were traditional sheep paddocks with over-sown
english pasture grasses. Native Poa, Kangaroo and Wallaby grasses are still in existence and
are protected in the buffer zones.
- At Stone Rise Farm, the field is prepared
using a "minimum-till" technique. The new plant row is deep-ripped to begin the process of
removing soil compaction created by years of stock grazing. Surface rock and large rock in the
new plant row is removed and the row is then shallow-tilled; once to break up the rip and
then back again to create the tilthed bed. The lanes between the rows are not disturbed,
except for the removal of surface rock to allow access to the plants.
- Once the row has been tilled, and a few weeks prior to planting, certified
organic weed matting is applied to the row. This time gives opportunity for surface weeds and
grasses to break down and for worms and other soil life to easily access the soil, improving
its structure and quality.
Finally, when conditions are ideal, the young tubestock are planted. Stone Rise Farm only uses
true-to-type varieties of Lavandula angustifolia, Lavandula x intermedia, Rosmarinus
officinalis, Myrtus communis and Helichrysum italicum supplied by Larkman Nurseries
Myrtles and Immortelles, being particularly sensitive to cold winds when young, are then
guarded and mulched over the top of the weed mat. This additional layer of mulch protects the
plants from excess summer temperatures heating the soil and encourages more life into the
soil. This "over-story" mulching is the more traditional method of mulching and is being
incorporated retrospectively to all of the field plantings.