"Depends in part on your thistles - Scotch are OK to grub out, as long as you get a good inch or so down from the soil surface. Californians are blighters to get rid of, as they have underground runners. Chemical is the only permanent method…"
"looking in tha latest kings seed catalogue they have a mixture of seeds specially for this called beneficial insect blend which includes buckwheat, dill, bishops flower, parsnip ammi visnaga ( I had to look that up, its a relative of…"
"Can you borrow a donkey from anywhere, Kathryn? According to an organic farmer friend, you can put donkeys into a field with excellent fodder and they will eat all the thistles before touching anything else."
"I would say nuke the thistles with round up or similar, there is nothing that can compete with them, and definitely to it on the empty sections either side, you could be nice and ask the owners, but I doubt they would have a problem with you doing…"
"Thanks for all your great tips!! I feel quite inspired to get out there and create a lush paradise for all those bugs...
I should add that we have a constant battle with thistles as we have empty sections on either side of us that are FULL of them!…"
"Chives are a good companion plant for around apples, Horse radish is another good deep rooted companion, phacelia and lavender are good bee attracters. Lemons prefer to have no competition from other plants, particularly close to their trunks.…"
"Actually, the (broadleaf) weeds are better than grasses - tree friendlier and do more soil-conditioning.
- comfrey: a deep-rooting nutrient accumulator
- garlic: (in root zone of pip fruit trees) - apparently they take up enough of the…"
"Kaiwaka gardens up north do some great 'orchard mix' packs that we planted around ours to get them going. There are red clover, physillium , tansy, parsnips and other bits in there. We've also got parsley with the feijoa,…"
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I have a fairly small vege patch which i try and keep as productive as possible around the time constraints of work and looking after 2 little children. It has mixed results!! I love being out there and get huge satisfaction from eating what we grow and watching our 3 year old pluck 'dinosaur trees' (broccoli) straight from the plant and eat by the handful!! Veges on the go include lots of lettuce, tomatoes, beetroot, carrots, yams, potatoes, jerusalem artichokes and for the first tme, soy beans and florence fennel.
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