Insect deterrent plants go hand in hand with organic products


The heat is coming – mulching and fertilising is necessary.

Many more gardeners are introducing organic gardening when planting out vegetables and herbs. 

I need to reminder gardeners considering organics gardening that it means not using any chemicals or man-made products and those that choose to follow this path can avail themselves of numerous offerings that have the totally organic certificate.

Amongst other products Bounceback, which is a slow release product. It is safe to use across the garden for fertilising, mulch with organic sugar cane mulch to hold in moisture completes the organic garden.

Hand in hand with the organic products go insect deterrent plants but, trust me, one plant won’t do the job.

For example: one chive plant will hardly deter aphids from a bed of roses.

Therefore, insect repellent plants will need to be planted enmasse, in companionship with organic gardening, meaning no spraying or fertilising with non-organic products.

Our best gardening friends are bees – even the safest sprays can affect these hard-working insects. Check out the product you are using and always spray late in the afternoon when bees have gone home for the night.

To encourage bees, plant lavender and perennial basil, they swarm on their flowers.

This week

  • Give gardenias an extra boost with cow manure.
  • Mulch the surface roots of camellias and azaleas with peat moss.
  • If planting colour for Christmas, fertilise and eight weeks is needed for colour in the garden.

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