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I’m taking more of an interest in gardening now… I bought most of my seeds from a mostly heirloom and organic seed supplier, and am going to pay more attention to the companion planting idea, and organic pest control. Last year I didn’t have any pest problems, and I wouldn’t use chemicals on my plants anyway… but here are some links to websites I’ve found interesting and some of the things I am doing…

Companion planting

http://www.ghorganics.com/page2.html

http://www.no-dig-vegetablegarden.com/companion-planting.html

Natural Pest Control

http://www.lensgarden.com.au/hintsNtips.htm

Other

Moon planting: http://www.no-dig-vegetablegarden.com/gardening-by-the-moon.html

Interesting – http://www.no-dig-vegetablegarden.com

Organic gardening & other tips

Companion planting

Plants that like living together and offer some benefit by being planted closely with certain plants.

(beans enrich soil with nitrogen – so good with corn and most other veg – carrot, celery, corn, eggplant, peas, brassicas, and strawberry)

Carrots with tomatoes, beans, lettuce, onion, pea, radish, tomato
Legumes (beans and peas) with brassicas (cabbage and broccoli)
Basil with tomatoes
Corn with climbing beans (let them climb the corn)
Chives with carrots
Celery with Cabbage, leek, onion, spinach, tomato
Eggplant with peas
Spinach with peas and strawberries
Beets with brassicas, onion, sage, lettuce
Brassicas with sage and rosemary
Celery with cabbage, tomato, spinach and leek
Chive increases growth and flavour of tomato and carrot
Leeks with carrot, celery and onion
Peas and celery
Capsicum with tomato, parsley, carrots, basil
Chilli with tomato, eggplant, basil, oregano, parsley, rosemary
Strawberry with spinach, beans, onion
Beans with Carrot, cabbage, cauliflower, cucumber, marigold
Broccoli with Celery, chamomile, dill, rosemary
Cabbage with Beetroot, potato, oregano, sage

Hates

(Don’t plant these together as they don’t like it)

Cabbage does not like strawberry, tomato and climbing beans
Celery hates corn
Corn hates tomatoes and celery
Mint hates parsley
Strawberry hates cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower
Tomato hates cabbage

Repelling pests

Tomatoes repel cabbage moths (so plant near cabbages)

Garlic spray (mince garlic, add water and spray on garden)
Mint repels many insects – so plant around the garden
Oregano near broccoli and cabbage repel cabbage moth
Rosemary cuttings – repel cabbage moth, bean beetles and carrot fly

Boiling water will kill things like ants – dig to uncover nests and pour boiling water into them,

For slugs, take a margarine container cut holes in sides for sluggies to crawl in – bury yoghurt tubs or other smaller than the marg container things, fill them with beer, and cover with the margarine tub as a “roof”. You can poke holes in one yoghurt tub and put one pot inside the other as a sieve, so you just lift the inner (holey one) out with the slugs in it.

Or what I did was take a 3 litre milk carton and cut a doorway in each side about 2 inches from the bottom, filled the bottom of the container with beer and buried it to the doorway in the garden. Caught lots of slugs!

Other Tips

Use mulch of mint leaves around brassicas
Grow shallow rooted onions among deep rooted carrots
German chamomile good for all plants and puts nutrients into soil
Compost beet leaves – good source of magnesium

Sunflowers attract aphids to them (good to lure them away from roses)

Vinegar in a spray bottle will kill weeds. Cider vinegar has a higher acidity so works best.

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