Advanced Gardening Tips

MOST IMPORTANT TIPS FOR ORGANIC GARDENING

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  • Locate vegies and herbs close to the house where they are easy to access for cooking. This means you can also keep a close watch for pest and diseases.
  • Rotate crops to avoid a build-up of pests and diseases. This can be done with polycropping, planting different varieties of plants in the same postoion after harvesting.

Plant in the appriopriate season , by the Moon and in this order:

greeny, beany, oniony, fruity and rooty.

  • Greens brassicas& leaf veggies like kale and silver beet and spinach
  • Beans& Legumes Okra, runner beans, bush beans, peas, broad beans Alliums (onions, shallots, chives, leeks and garlic)
  • Fruits and roots can be grown together ( beetroot, tomatoes, carrots, sweet potatoes, capsicum, celery and corn).

Build up your soil with compost and mulch to improve plant health. When the hole is dug for composting scraps, check PH level or note clay layer. Leave the clay there and add a handful of natural gypsum (from BOGI or a gardening produce store like) and minerals into the soil to assist with the development of a nutrient dense soil that has a balance of elements particularly calcium and silica in our area. These are generalisations however we want to make this info simple for you to take home and DO.

 

  • Incorporate a diverse range of flowering plant species in the garden to attract beneficial pollinating and predatory insects. These will help to naturally control pests as well.
  • Get to know the beneficial insects and plants that attract these insects in your garden. For example Queen Anne’s lace, Chia and Borage all attract beneficial pollinating or predator insects.

More practical tips are available at our Workshops at The Inspiration Garden.

Seed Saving:

  1. Save seeds from Heirloom plants, Hybrid seeds will not produce the same plant again.
  2. Choose the healthiest plants and the largest seeds
  3. Air dry seeds on a fine screen or paper away from direct sunlight and as quickly as possible to reduce contamination.
  4. Label Seeds clearly. Date: Name: