Gardening with Nature
Gardens are special places where, as gardeners, we’re privileged to get up close to the natural world. But gardening with nature also makes you realize how precious it is. Our impact on the planet is well documented and it’s up to us to adopt more environmentally conscious ways of living. Growing your own food’s a great start, but how you grow it makes a big difference.
We are trying to please everyone – the normal vegetables such as tomatoes, green peppers, eggfruit, lettuce, cabbage, peas, spinach, squash, beans and cucumbers can be planted now. To make it easier for you we have ‘6’and ‘30’ family veggie packs which contain a mix of popular veggies. These mixes are proving to be extremely popular! Why should you grow your own fruit and veggies?
- They supplement your food supply and save you money
- There is nothing more local than food grown in your own backyard
- Great education for your children
- Promotes family gardening time looking after the ‘veggie patch’
- It’s sooo healthy and tastes sooo good!
As new young growth becomes evident, so will many gardening pests!
Companion planting is an ideal way to naturally deal with pests. Nasturtiums are an attractant and can also be made into a natural insecticide for aphids, red spider, scale and mealy bug. Planting them amongst your vegetables draws the aphids away.
RECIPE - Pour 500 ml boiling water over 2 handfuls of fresh Nasturtium leaves and allow to draw for 15 minutes. Dilute 10 drops Nasturtium “tea” in one litre water for aphids and red spider and 150 ml “tea” in 2,5 litres water for scale.
Herbs that repel pests:
- Ants - feverfew, mentha varieties, rue
- Flies - artemesia, feverfew, lemon verbena, marigolds, mentha varieties, rue and tansy
- Fleas - artemesia, catmint, lavender, rosemary, tansy.
- Aphids - catmint, feverfew, lemon verbena, lavender and tansy
- Ticks - artemesia, catmint, lavender, marigolds.
- Slugs and snails - feverfew, marigolds.
- Mosquitoes - artemesia, mentha varieties, rue.
- Whitefly - lemon verbena, lavender and tansy.
- Mice and rats - lavender.
- Mealy bug - tansy.
- Moths and fish moths- artemesia and lemon verbena.
If you choose to use pesticides try to be a responsible pest controller:
Do’s and Dont’s
- Do identify the pest/disease (our team can help you if you bring a photo or a leaf showing the pest or damage).
- Do consider using organic pesticides or homemade remedies (see our point-of-sale)
- Do read the instructions on pesticide labels and pamphlets carefully
- Do wear protective equipment like masks
- Don’t spray when it is about to rain or in windy conditions
- Don’t spray in open flowers – this will harm bees
- Don’t pour leftover pesticide down the drain. It will eventually end up in our rivers