Mary Living Outside

      Biological      Ecological      Sustainable

Mary Living Outside is about creating and developing strong and productive outside places. 


Our work begins with great soil.

Promoting this microscopic world is the foundation to long term soil fertility and resilience.  This 'humble' beginning is the key to low maintenance and high performance environments. 


Mary Living Outside provides Life in the Soil analysis, educational workshops on soil ecology & management.

 We are professional gardeners providing organic land care, integrating native plants, implementing composting & one-on-one consulting. 


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to find out about how we can work with you to create vibrant soil ecologies in your garden, farm or community.   






Healthy Soil, Healthy Plants, Healthy People, Healthy Planet 

Green Goodness
domestic bee pollinating a cone flower

Steps to Sustainability!

Plant with Natives

Woodland and Meadow Gardens

Food Gardens

Learn How to Compost

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Design Your Garden

Presentations & Workshops
soil organic matter, compost

Biological Growing - How Nature Feeds Plants

Organic Gardening

Deliciously Beautiful Gardens

Garden Design

Growing with Native Plants

How to Make Great Compost

Life in the Soil Analysis
A microscope

Biological Soil Analysis

Soil Fertility Coaching

Compost Coaching

Ecosystem Management



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“The plant you see above ground is actually in a complex symbiosis with soil microbes in the root zone, the rhizosphere. If you don’t know what organisms are present in your soil and on your plant leaves, much of your soil and crop management is being left to chance.”


Dr Elaine Ingham, 2004