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October 2014

The value of mulch

In hot, dry weather, mulch protects the roots and prevents evaporation. In cold, frosty weather it protects the roots from the cold.It also helps to suppress weed growth as prevents soil erosion. The layer of mulch should be at least 7 cm thick.Choose compost, bark chips or grass cuttings which will eventually be dragged down into the soil by the earthworms. This will improve the soil structure as well as providing nutrients and drainage. One could also use pebbles or peanut shells.

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Top 5 Natural Pesticide recipes from your vegetable garden

Pests quickly become acclimatized to a particular smell or taste so use one of these remedies for a week and then switch to another.

 

1.Potato leaf tea  is a general pesticide to deter all pests.

   1 cup leaves and 2 cups water.

   Chop the leaves and cover with boiling water. Leave in the sun for a few days,

   strain and spray as required.

                      

2. Garlic, chilli and onion spray for thrips, aphids, grasshoppers, chewing bugs.

     2 chillies, 1 whole garlic bulb, 1 onion and ¼ cup of water.

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Top 5 natural pesticide recipes from your kitchen

1. Table Salt Spray for spider mites, catterpillars, cabbage worms and chewing insects. 2 T salt dissolved in 4 L water and a dash of liquid soap.

2. Epsom Salts Spray for Black Spot. Rust, Wilt and Mildew. 2 T epsom salt dissolved in 4 L water and a dash of liquid soap.

3. Beer slug and snail bait. Place a saucer of beer in areas of infestation. They slugs and snails are attracted to the smell and drown in the beer.

4. Milk and water spray for powdery mildew. 1 cup milk and 1 cup water and dash liquid soap. Spray weekly.

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