Soil to Supper provides simple ideas and solutions to help people successfully grow thriving gardens and fresh food in all locations.


Soil To Supper was developed in 2011 after Cath Manuel realised the need for information delivered in simple methods to support people to grow and enjoy fresh food and live sustainable lifestyles.

Our Programs and Services provide simple techniques, information and inspiring ideas to grow healthy gardens, enjoy seasonal harvesting and creative ideas for healthy meals.

Soil to Supper

Our services…

One-on-One Onsite Consultations are available for the home gardener, aged care and community support organisations. I’ll share with you my extensive knowledge of horticulture and therapeutic gardens to support you to establish and maintain thriving gardens to grow healthy food. 

The Soil to Supper Membership Community provides you with a deeper understanding of growing healthy food and enjoying a sustainable lifestyle. This fabulous online Community connects members from around the world who share a passion for growing and enjoying fresh food.

Our Horticultural Therapy Program assists with the delivery of in-house garden therapy activities for aged care, disability support, community gardens and school gardens.

With extensive experience as a guest speaker/workshop presenter I am available to present at your events upon request. Topics of organic gardening, growing healthy food and horticultural therapy within aged care are my speciality. 

Please contact me directly HERE to discuss your event.


Cath you have helped me immensely with my garden since I decided to go organic. You’ve helped me work out what is best for my garden as I find it very confusing how things are worded as organic but sometimes aren’t actually natural.

I never thought I would love making compost but with the set up that you teach it’s easy and fun to watch the soil that it produces for my garden!

Being a member I also get great knowledge of what to do with the monthly guides and can’t wait for the latest podcast episodes as I learn more that way than just reading. I also like the notes to follow in case I missed something!

Thanks Cath for all your help.

Leanne, NSW.

Thanks Cath for helping me with my Composting. I’ve tried many times, all unsuccessfully, to create compost for my garden. After taking your steps, which were easy to follow, I now have two compost bins in my small garden and they are working brilliantly.

Thanks for the coaching session, it has been a great help and now being a member of your community I am learning more every day!

Michelle, Sydney.

Dear Cath

I just wanted to let you know what a wonderful service you’re offering our community. I’m not really a “green thumb” but your passion and knowledge has got me started!! I enjoyed your workshop very much, it was informative, fun and tasty!!

You are inspirational and I am working toward having a sustainable garden where my family can eat their ‘fill’ of fresh fruit/veggies and salad stuff just like yours does. I can’t wait till your next workshop or should we call it a PLAYshop….fun fun fun!!!

Deborah, Noosa, Qld

The benefits of Cath Manuel’s therapeutic gardening groups can be seen on the faces of our residents who attend her weekly sessions in our Memory Support Unit. Living with dementia can make daily activities challenging and frustrating, so it is beautiful to watch the group laughing and interacting together, reminiscing about gardens they have tended to in the past.

For many of them, the feel of the soil between their fingers has unlocked gardening skills that have remained hidden in recent years. To have seedlings to care for and gardens to water has provided a purpose for them again. The feedback from staff and relatives has been incredibly positive.

Sandra Gunner

Group Care Manager, NoosaCare Inc

Homegrown Beets…nothing tastes Beta!

Each month Cath contributes an article for the Maggie Beer Foundation and shares tips for growing the fresh food featured in delicious recipes. For October the beautiful Beetroot was the featured food! If you love eating beetroot or the beet leaves then you’ve got to...

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Gardening for Dementia Wellbeing

Many people living with dementia have limited access to outdoor spaces. They have a higher potential for falls and injury. Most experience confusion, anxiety, loneliness and depression. To reduce these feelings, people with dementia need to stay physically active to...

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Grow Food in Any Home

If the way to someone’s heart is through their stomach, and as Dorothy says “There’s no place like home” then delicious, healthy food enjoyed at home must be good for our mind, body and soul. These days our homes are defined in many ways. Home could be with your...

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Episode 025 – How to Run a Successful Gardening Program

Gardening as therapy has been used for centuries to cultivate health and wellbeing for people of all ages and abilities. For many people, especially those living within dementia support units, access to outdoor spaces can be limited. Such an environment,...

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About Cath…

Cath Manuel is the Founder and Director of Soil to Supper. 

Cath is a Horticultural Consultant specialising in Therapeutic and Kitchen Gardens in Aged Care Homes.

She has many years’ experience in the horticulture industry and has a great passion for inspiring people of all ages and abilities to enjoy gardening activities and grow fresh food.

Cath is also the Director of Sowing Serenity Inc. which offers Horticultural Therapy programs and training throughout Queensland.

Cath hosts ‘The Wellbeing Garden’ Podcast Program and also presents and many conferences and events nationally.

She holds a Diploma of Horticulture, Certificate in Horticultural Therapy and has completed a Permaculture Design Course as well as further training in horticultural therapy and organic food growing.

Cath ran a successful Landscape Gardening Business from 1999 on the Sunshine Coast before switching to organic growing practices to create productive and beautiful gardens for clients.

Cath’s interests are in teaching others all aspects of therapeutic, organic gardening and sustainability, as she believes this is so important for our health and wellbeing. She is also passionate about growing and cooking her own family’s food and has an interest in the health benefits from gardening and also plants and their uses.

Her knowledge is shared worldwide, through various publications, and also nationally on radio, television and at events.

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For more information on the services and programs available to you please click here to contact Cath.

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