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I have comfrey growing under my apple trees too, and through the chook area - lovely stuff!!
My bunnies (Wild ones) love chomping down my beautiful hidcote lavender... Must work out a way to 'bunny-proof' them...
I have comfrey growing under all my fruit trees & just the this morning I noticed the red clover I had forgotten all about. It's entwined with the clover & it looks good. Both are good for the fruit trees as it adds nitrogen to the soil. Good idea with the lavender Rex. I love lavender so I'll give that a go next time I gotta trim them.
LOL Rex - I just plain love broad beans! I'll plant them any time. Who cares? hehe
When I had an apple tree the apples always had codlin moth. I planted lavender under it, and when I trimmed other lavender plants i tied the trimmings to the apple tree. The codlin disappeared in one season and we had beautiful old fashioned granny smiths - stewed up for breakfast or made into apple pies.
I picked my first 3 eating apples from my winter banana apple tree today and they were so crunchie & tasty - similar to a gala apple. 4 cooking apples from the balarat apple tree for tonights apple pie & 1 cider apple from the slack my girdle apple tree just to see if codling moth had affected it & I'm happy to report back that aside from a few slaters on the top of all of them the insides were all free of damage. Two years of growth...feeling happy as I've never grown an apple tree before. Lets hope that in a few more years the pears & plums will be delicious too!
I was looking through some back copies of Weekend Gardener and came across an excellent article on gardening based on principles of permaculture. It is simply written, very relevant to the home gardener and gives excellent ideas around a holistic approach.
It is vol 306 date: 6.1.2011
Well worth a look. Your local library might have a copy if you dont get this mag.
my broad beans are gettin planted tomorrow
Wow Lynn you into the Broad Beans again - so soon??? I am going to follow your lead and put a few in.
Sun is shining here in the Rangitikei, yay!! Makes everything look so much better. Still the tomatoes are hangin in there, have spinach seeds to plant out waiting for next seed sowing phase. Sunflower was only real casualty from storm now about 4 foot tall instead of 8. Could have been worse.
Sowed more broad beans, did a little weeding (not much needed). Pulled bolting lettuces. Still waiting for some of the heritage tomatoes to produce SOMEthing! Not looking good. Have pulled others, as they're finished or were severely damaged with the storm over the weekend.
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