The vast majority of the insects we see every day are beneficial or benign. I hope this group will provide a forum to discuss the insect world and all the wonderful and occasionally devastating ways the bugs interact with our gardens.
"I've planted the last of the brassica seedlings now, so I'm hoping that the staggered planting of broccoli, cauli etc. over the past 8 weeks will give me veges all winter. Time to sow some spring onion seeds now. "
"HI, great advice here - cool. I would add one thing, if you add lime to your compost you will lose more nitrogen to the atmosphere, as a higher pH in your compost will create good conditions for ammonia production (NH3). I never add lime to the…"
I add the lawn clippings and leaves to my compost bin as Peter does, and I also use them in a thin layer a a mulch around my garden. Its very good there, just make sure you don't let the grass clippings touch the stems of your plants, and…"
In my experience a compost heap needs to be at least a metre in diameter and height to generate and keep in enough heat to break things down well. If you don't have enough compostable material to make your existing heap 1m high then…"
Welcoming discussion on the whole spectrum of composting methods. If it's a way of turning organic material into fertile earth, lets talk about the method, your experiences, the pros and the cons of it!See More
"Hello, I hope you've been successful with your Impatiens cuttings. They are generally easy to propagate. Ideally cuttings should be about 4 nodes long, and planted in a pot in pumice, coarse sand or similar. Its important to get the…"
"Hi, A really cheap and in my experience effective mulch is grass clippings from your lawn. i put a thin layer of these all around vegies and flowers and trees. The main thing is to make sure the clippings aren't touching the stems of the plants…"
A lot of people have the dream of a few acres of land and self reliance (as opposed to self -sufficiency, which is a myth!). This group is to draw together the experiences of those living the dream and sharing the lessons learned on the way with those still working towards living on the land.See More