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Create an indigenous wildlife friendly garden

To create a garden that will attract wildlife and birds one needs to choose a wide variety of trees and plants that fruit and flower throughout the year, so as to provide a constant supply of food and nectar. Then create these habitats within your garden. 1. Water is essential so provide a wetland with a pond or a birdbath. I often see dragonflies above our pond! 2. Sand bathing is enjoyed by birds and guineafowl so just leave a patch of soil unplanted. 3. The open area is a lawn or a meadow with wild grasses and low growing groundcovers.
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Why plant indigenous?

Why Plant Indigenous? Indigenous is trendy as there is a worldwide swing towards organics and planting local species. • Indigenous plants (sometime also called native plants) are plants that have evolved over thousands of years in a particular region. They have adapted to the geography, hydrology, and climate of that region. These plants occur in communities, that is, they have evolved together with other plants. As a result, a community of indigenous plants provides habitat for a variety of native wildlife species such as birds and butterflies.
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Dealing with weeds

When starting a new flower bed one can put down a large sheet of plastic and cut out the plastic in the places where you want to plant trees and shrubs. One can then cover the plastic with mulch, gravel, pebbles or wood chips. They say that if you plant close together then the weeds are crowded out. A thick layer of mulch will deter weed growth and will also provide structure and fertilizer to your soil. If you have weeds growing in the garden then digging them out individually is far better then digging over the soil in the bed as this brings new weed seed to the surface.
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Garlic spray

This spray will deter insects and can also be used on Powdery Mildew. Simply grind 2 whole garlic bulbs, not 2 little cloves and add to 2 cups of boiling water. Let it steep overnight. Strain through cheese cloth into 3.5 liters of water and add 1T liquid dishwasher. This can be stored in the fridge for a whole summer. It's referable to spray in the morning and the late afternoon.
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Moles in the garden?

Moles can do so much damage to your bulbs. I've started planting my bulbs into pots and then planting the pot in the ground and it certainly seems to work. Just remember to use a pot that is much bigger than your plant so that it will provide enough space for the plant to grow.
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Powdery Mildew

This occurs in warm, humid, damp weather. It can be controlled without poisons by making a weekly spray of 3.5L water, 1T baking Soda and 1T liquid soap. Don't spray in the direct sunlight in the heat of the day and be sure to use all the liquid and make a fresh batch the following week.
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Baking powder in the garden

There are many uses for baking powder in the garden. Take a tablespoon of baking powder and add to 3 litres of water. Use this as a fungicide, pesticide or herbicide in the garden. It also makes the soil alkaline. It helps to get the soil off your hands once you have finished gardening. Make a solution with of 3 teaspoons in 3 litres of water and use this water to clean bird baths, but don't forget to rinse them once you have scrubbed them clean. Pour some of this into ant holes and and wait a half an hour before pouring some vinegar into the same hole.
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