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August 2015

Aloe pests and diseases

Aloe pests and diseases are difficult to combat unless you go on a vigorous campaign by spraying poisons regularly. 1.White scale is easy to identify as the leaves looks grey and on close inspection you will see little rows of white scale. I use 'Spray and Cook' to suffocate the scale. You could use cooking oil or Oleum or try dipping a toothbrush in 'meths' and scrape them off. Do get rid of it as soon as possible as they will destroy the plant.
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Children's educational benefits of gardening

What a wonderful world we can give to our children, if we instill the love of gardening, which will last the rest of their lives, and bring so much joy. Our children loved digging holes and planting and we still refer to various plants by the child's name who planted them. Our grandchildren too enjoy harvesting seed, planting and eating fresh vegetables from the garden which they pick themselves. What to do with the various age groups.
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Trapping insects

If you are having a problem with insects eating your plants and do not want to spray poison, consider using the same method that the Cuban farmers use. Take a tin and paint it yellow which attracts the insects. Fill the trap with axel grease and they will then die in the trap.
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Planting Clivia seed

During June, July and August the Clivia seed is red, or yellow, if you have yellow flowering plants, and is ripe and ready to be planted. Scrape off the fleshy outer covering, which is apparently very good for your nails and cuticles. Spray the seed with Jik to prevent mould. Place the seed on top of the soil in a seed tray and cover with leaf litter or chunky compost. Water and wait. Don't be surprised when the root comes out first and goes up in the air before bending down into the soil. This root seems to drag the seed down and the leaves will soon unfold.
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Understanding the numbers on Fertilizer bags

Fertilizer bags are marked with 3 numbers, Nitrogen (N), Phosphate (P), and Potassium (P). 2.3.2 is a balanced fertilizer which is used when planting all plants to give them an initial boost. 3.1.5 is high in Potassium and this stimulates flower development. 5.1.5 is high in Nitrogen and Potassium and is used to fertilize lawns.
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