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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 Sharon Smith on March 27, 2011 at 4:02pm
i need help Can anyone tell me about tree tomatoes  whats the best place for growing how to get rid of bugs etc anything thanks
Comment by Margaret Beers Oliver on August 13, 2010 at 12:25pm
I don't think the people before me gardened at all. The grass was like dry hay and dirt. Things are growing again because in Colorado just add water and something will come up. We are classified as high desert here. I live at the foot of Pike's Peak and the rest of the Rocky Mountains. The summers are short but I am going to be adding lights so that I can do some indoor gardening.
Compost bin is going strong after just six weeks. I am thinking that worm world will be near the composter. Hay bales will compost in place and also act as containers for raised beds. I am looking forward to getting my fall veg in. I am also trying to get season extenders put together.
Comment by Diane SQ on August 13, 2010 at 9:42am
Hi MArgaret,
Have you got good growing soil or not? Were the people before you growing organically? If you do not know, I would prepare for massive compost piles in Autumn. What sort of climate do you have? What sort of budget you want to allocate?
Comment by Margaret Beers Oliver on August 13, 2010 at 4:55am
Located in North America so I am getting ready to put my fall veg in. I finally have a small house and lot to garden in and call my own. City squirrel are dog savy so my poor dogs are going nuts most of the time. If you are starting up with a lot that someone else has been on where would you start besides just planting and turning it into compost later?
Comment by Ngaire baker on May 12, 2010 at 8:42am
hi dianne thanks for that will give it a try. Just another Q, is it true that you should grow passionfruit on a north facing wall or trellis?
Comment by Diane SQ on May 12, 2010 at 8:15am
To give a healthy start to young trees, make sure the soil is well prepared with copious amount of compost. If drainage is poor, do not dig a planting hole or it will fill up with water in winter. Instead build a mount of soil and compost, and plant your young tree in it. The planting location is important, For the trees you mentionned, sun is required.
Your peach trees could be too old. If you want to try to give them a go, , put compost covered by mulch under drip line and beyond.
Diane
Comment by Ngaire baker on May 11, 2010 at 7:01pm
Hi, just a couple of Qs we have 3 old peach trees with rotting wood. we have cut most of the dead stuff off but was wondering if there was anything else we could do to bring them back to better days. Also we have a new passionfruit vine and a couple of feijoa trees still very young, and we were wondering how we could keep the bugs off and give them a good head start to their new lives in our garden. any feedback would be greatly appreciated.
Comment by Kali on February 15, 2010 at 3:44pm
HI Racheal, yes I have used the black seeds from giant red mustard in cooking. they are easy to harvest when the pods are completely dry
Comment by Megan on February 15, 2010 at 1:04pm
Racheal, was discussing mulches with Robyn and she recommends mixing the grass clippings with sawdust from untreated wood.
Comment by Lynda Wood on February 15, 2010 at 11:50am
i tend to use grass based mulches, straws etc, on the veg patch, but have used bean pea zuchini etc refuse without obvious problems. I imagine that decorative plants would impart to the soil what they prefer ie acid loving florals leaching acidic conditions but couldnt be sure. Interesting thoughts...
 

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