These are our OFFICIAL findings.
Our Aim: How to best deter snails using organic substances.
We're going on a Snail HuntA more effective method that we use is 'snail hunts'. This is a great one for the whole family to take part in. You will need one flashlight, one jar with lid, one drizzly/rainy evening and x amount of excited children (and dads). Snails come out in their hundreds in these conditions and are easy to spot, pick them up and pop them in the jar. From here you can either keep them as pets (not recommended), drown them (more of an option), or befriend an old Italian/French/Maltese man who will more than happily take them off your hands to whip up a quick escargot delight (highly recommended)!
Birds & Possums
In the grand scheme of things snails and aphids are of little concern here at our place. It is the plethora of birds and possum folk that think we have grown the veggie garden just for them that are our key concern. The best solution we have found to prevent birds and possums is to cover our veggie beds with bird netting (we bought ours from Bunnings). This system worked a treat on our raised veggie gardens, but prooved less successful on our fruit trees and vines. Next year we are going to trial using stockings to cover our grapes to protect them from the birds, we used bird netting this year but the crafty little buggers easily hopped underneath it and ate 80% of our lovely grapes.
because of the combination of excessive chocolate consumption by our children , and their stubborn refusal to accept that daylight saving has now ended, Jo and I are both too dazed and confused to continue blogging tonight. later this week we will deliver on our promised recipe (an Italian style courgette stuffed (for want of a better term) with secret stuffings - i am not allowed to say any more at this stage) and also chat about the wonderful world of companion planting.
Ok. we are back.
As the name suggests, the concept behind companion planting is grouping certain varieties of plants next to one another because they are beneficial to the growth, or pest resistence of both plants. Companion planting has been used for many years and is a far better alternative to pesticides and unnatural fertilizers. Below are some companion planting partnerships that you can try in your own vegetable garden.
1. Cucumbers grow well with beans
2. Asparagus repels nematodes (tiny-worms), and is a good companion for tomatoes and parsley.
3. Celery repels white butterfly, and are good companions for cabbage & cauliflower.
4. Chrysanthemums inhibit root-knot nematodes, and are a good companion for strawberries.
5. Borage is also a good companion for strawberries.
6. Silver beat is also an excellent companion for strawberries.
7. Foxgloves stimulate growth in other plants in general, and should be planted as a boarder plant (around vege garden).
8. Yarrow (planted sparsely) improves pest resistance in general.
9. Marjoram improves the yields of most vegetables.
10. French Marigolds are a good companion for all root vegetables as they inhibit pests and diseases. They are also a good companion for tomatoes as they repel white fly, which attacks tomatoes.
11. Parsley is beneficial to tomatoes and roses.
12. Garlic improves the growth of roses, but is bad for peas and beans. It is also a good remedy for blight diseases on tomatoes and potatoes. Simply crush cloves and sit in boiling water. Use as a spray.
13. Gladioli is BAD as it restricts the growth of vegetables and should be kept well away from your vege garden.
14. Dandelions are also bad for the growth of vege gardens, but grown on their own, they are good for cleansing the gallbladder, and are high in vitamins A & C.
15. Nasturtiums improve the growth of potatoes and radishes. they aslo add a lovely splach of colour!
16. Chervil is also a good companion for Radish.
17. Chives repel many insects and pests and inhibits diseases in your vege garden. They are particularly good companions for carrots and apple trees. For best results, pick the leaves and flowers regularly.
18. Dill improves the quality of cabbages.
19. Fennel is bad for the growth of beans. Keep them separate.
20. Hyssop improves the growth of grape vine yields. Garlic may also be good in preventing some diseases in grape vines, as roses and vines often suffer from similar diseases.
21. Summer Savoy is a good boarder for onions and beans.
22. beans grow well near carrots, potatoes, cabbage, celery, cucumber, and cauliflower.
23. beans do not grow well near garlic, shallots, onions or beetroot.
24. cabbage improves when grown near potatoes. Sage is also a good companion for cabbage.
25. Carrots are good companions for onions/ peas/ lettuce/sage.
26. Cucumbers are good companions for peas/potatoes/beans/cabbage/chives.
27. Leeks are good companions for celery.
28. Lettuces are good companions for radish/carrots.
29. Peas or pumpkins are good companions for corn.
30. Peas and onions do not grow well together.
31. Potatoes and tomatoes/pumpkins/sunflowers do not grow well together.
32. Potatoes are good companions for cabbage/corn/peas/beans.
ok people. we are done for tonight. Joanna's top secret stuffed zucchinni (or courgette for the more culinarily sophisitacted) will be cooking tommorrow. On a side note, we watched Costa's garden odyssey tonight in the hairy hope of some gardening gems, but we were sadly dissappointed. It is only the second time we have watched the hairy man. has he been better in the past or are you in aggreance that Costa can do better?