Are caterpillars damaging your plants? If you’re having a tug-of-war with caterpillars over who gets a fair share of food from your edible crops, you’ll know how frustrating it can be to come off second best! As mentioned in Coping with Caterpillars – Part 1, the first step is observation and diagnosis to ‘know thy enemy’.
Don’t you love it when it rains? … and hate it when it rains TOO MUCH!
All gardens need adequate moisture but periods of heavy rainfall, storms and runoff can bring you a truckload of challenges. These include:
- Waterlogged plants.
- Leaching of soil nutrients.
- Soil erosion.
- Pest and disease problems.
11 Wet Weather Gardening Tips
Want to minimise these common issues? Dig into these wet weather gardening tips to learn how.
I’m into ‘designing out’ problems whenever I can – both in my own garden and for my clients.
I come inside after a hot morning’s work in the garden … I’ve been adding bags of manure, organic fertiliser, lucerne, sugarcane mulch, seaweed and compost tea to our main shade tree by our house to try to save it. I hope it’s not too late …
Then a few more fell and as its solar panels became few and far between … we suddenly realised our plans for an outdoor room may have compromised the shade and beauty that we wanted to sit under. We didn’t realise our actions could cause the tree so much stress. Maybe we should have kept the patchy lawn instead of pavers. Hindsight is a humbling teacher!
Highly motivated to delay any sudden death, I started telling the tree I’d nurture it back to health and make up for cutting its root off! It didn’t seem at all convinced … more leaves and skinny branches dropped on the lawn. I felt guilty and sad. Perhaps similar to not valuing your health until you get sick?
When I finish foliar spraying the kelp on the remaining leaves, I smell like some foul thing that’s been lying on the beach after too many days in the sun. I hope it’s worth it!
That’s when a visitor pops by … I walk out onto the verandah in the hope that the fresh air will disguise the odour. I move a little hoping he’s standing downwind of me. He’s either too polite to comment or ‘smell’ is not one of his stronger senses! Either way, I’m grateful. After his sudden departure, I stand back and look at the tree again near our entrance … and realise now how much I value it. (more…)
Small Garden Design Idea: Maximise Vertical Spaces
Why should you utilise this clever design idea in your garden? Because, no matter what size your garden is, I firmly believe you can improve the productivity, beauty and functionality by maximising vertical space.
What is Vertical Gardening?
Simply put, vertical gardening creatively utilises a structure to maximise the growing space and exploit the potential of both the vertical and horizontal planes. Think outside the square: 3D gardens with colour, shape and texture not just flat designs!
Traditional in-ground garden beds have very limited potential. However, growing ‘up’ or ‘down’ and ‘stacking’ techniques provide you with loads more options. (more…)
Do you garden in containers? If so, revitalising old potting mix and checking your pots on a regular basis are essential routine maintenance activities for ongoing plant health. If you are starting to see problems in your plants, it’s probably time to check what they’re growing in!
This is a trouble shooting article to help you improve your potting mix and solve some common problems.
Can you Reuse Old Potting Mix? If so, HOW?
One of the principles of Frugal Gardening involves RE-USING materials = less waste and reduces our footprint on the planet. It also has the added benefit of saving us money!
Bags of commercial potting mix can be quite expensive particularly if you have lots of pots. It also dries out fast and your plants suffer.
Making your own homemade potting mix make sense (and cents)! Why? Because it lasts longer, provides all your plant needs and contains no nasty chemical additives like water crystals and soil wetters. Re-using your old potting mix definitely is more satisfying, sustainable and cost-effective. (more…)