Organic Gardening For Beginners


Organic Gardening For Beginners

An introduction to growing food and herbs without the use of poisons.

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Treating wood? 12 Replies

Hi, I made some raised beds to grow veggies in out of untreated macrocarpa planks, because I didnt want any of those nasty chemicals leaching into the soil. However, I was wondering if there is any…Continue

Started by kim. Last reply by kiwi brown Jan 24, 2013.

Organic treatment for white butterflys

Hi folks,A quick question: we have bee hives at our cooperative garden. What is the best way to control white butterflys and their caterpillars without harming the bees? We are trying to avoid using…Continue

Started by Steph Clout Sep 24, 2012.

Strawberry root weevil 1 Reply

Two years ago our strawberry plants were suffering badly from what I think it strawberry root weevil. I took all the plants up, dusted as much soil as possible from them, and replanted them in…Continue

Started by Alice. Last reply by Christopher Jan 8, 2012.

Starting from scratch 7 Replies

Hi,We have the wonderful (?) opportunity to start from scratch in a reasonable sized backyard (its a rental and our landlord is keen for us to do sustainability stuff). At the moment it's mostly…Continue

Started by Karen. Last reply by Karen Aug 24, 2010.

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Comment by Di Hill on December 9, 2009 at 1:29am
We have 4 compost bins for kitchen waste plus shred all white paper and daily papers that come into the house. Use layer of kitchen scraps, layer of paper,layer of old manure and torn leaves from comfrey. Makes a magic mix to spread around the garden. The paper shredder was a great purchase and cuts down on what leaves the block in rubbish.
Comment by Megan on December 8, 2009 at 6:20pm
Hello Yvonne, as Lynda says, the bokashi and worm farms are complimentary. There are food items that worms don't like that can go into your bokashi bucket that would give your worms bad indigestion - uncooked citrus, garlic, onions, pineapple etc. There is also only so much food that the worms can cope with.
The contents of your bokashi can go direct into the soil (buried in your raised bed, in a pea trench or as a layer of a new raised bed).
Your worm casts are precious, they can be mixed with seed compost or used as a top dressing on your extablished plants. As Diane said, worm castings are a perfectly balanced planting medium.
Do join Iona's Vermiculture group if you're interested in worms.
Comment by Lynda Wood on December 8, 2009 at 6:00pm
Thank you Diane and Megan! I amgetting a clearer picture, do need to build the soil structure here, clay and rock! I can see now that both would support each other, worms for plants, compost for soil, one for all and all for one!!
Comment by Yvonne Nikolaison on December 8, 2009 at 9:25am
ok so what is the difference between having a worm farm and Bokashi compost?
Comment by Diane SQ on December 8, 2009 at 8:08am
While your compost may not be perfect because of the ingredients you added, because of the time it needs, because of its ater requirements, or because of the environment in which it is located, worm casting is superior because it is perfectly balanced. Worms have evolved to assist plants. Food going through their guts would provide the right bacteria for plant growth. When I have a plant which is struggling a bit, I dilute worm casting in water, and water the plant with it. Worm casting can assist wirth germination, transplantation. I find it indispensable alongside the compost, which, until I am becoming an expert, is very useful in improving the texture of my soil
Comment by Megan on December 8, 2009 at 7:45am
hello Lynda. If your compost bins are sited on bare earth, allow one of them to fully decompose to the stage where it no longer generates any heat. Stop adding any green material for a while but keep turning it and you should find that compost worms will find their own way into your bin. Refer to Alan's comment in
Worm castings are really rich in nutrients and can be mixed with regular compost.
Comment by Lynda Wood on December 7, 2009 at 9:21pm
I have a four bin rotational compost happening, and work great for me. Have been considering starting a worm farm, and wondering, why? Can anyone give me comparisons between benefits of compost and worm castings etc?
Comment by Lynda Wood on December 7, 2009 at 1:03pm
as a young child I watched our family dog suffer the most hideous death due to snail bait (left on the fence by our neighbour) I could never use poisons inmy garden, and am wary about using sprays of human concoction, gentle gentle appraoch is for me=- yes I battle twitch and blackberries as well as possums, wallaby, and birds. Hard work, barrier methods,and communicating an agreement with the local critters seems to be our style here. Thanks for so many suggests to consider!
Comment by Theresa Dewse on October 9, 2009 at 1:55am
I have a worm farm, chickens, and a compost heaps Recently I have had too much organic waste for the worm farm so what I have stareted to do is place the waste in brown paper bags- mushroom, beer or wine bags ans place these daily into the compost pile...will let you know how it works
Comment by Bonnie Sweetland on October 7, 2009 at 3:10pm
We are across the the ocean but together in spirit. I grew up gardening with my grandparents every summer. It has been awhile now since I have had any space to garden outdoors so I am a bit out of practice. Hope to remember what I used to know and to learn new things to help me out in the garden!

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