Stay on top of seasonal surge
As daylight hours increase, hardier plants, including weeds, will be showing good growth.
Unwanted plants, or weeds, are valuable if you make use of them and treat them as a fodder crop.
Smaller unwanted plants should be cut off just below soil level with a sharp knife or sharp dutch hoe. This leaves the roots to rot in the soil, providing a rich source of food for the soil life.
The foliage that falls onto the bare soil gets quickly broken down and the residues will help feed your preferred plants.
Taller weeds can be cut down with a weed eater using the Pivotrim Pro attachment available from Mitre10 Mega stores. There’s also a trimmer line for weed-eaters called Lawn Keeper that’s available in three diameters. The configuration is superior to the smooth single strand lines and cuts cleaner.
Either leave the weed stubble or cut it off below soil level with a sharp carving knife or box-cutter. It’s a method that enhances soil and growing mediums where chemical herbicides may have harmed the soil life.
Sprinkle waste areas, paving cracks and cobbles with salt and lightly water. This kills the weeds and keeps the area weed-free for a good time.
Sprays of vinegar or cooking oils can be used on sunny days when the soil is drier. Before adding water, mix the cooking oil with an equal amount of dishwashing liquid to help the oil mix with water.
Spring temperatures and moisture can mean diseases. Sprays of potassium permanganate (Condy’s Crystals at 1⁄ tea
4 spoon to a litre of water) with Raingard added onto the soil and foliage controls a wide range of diseases and fungi. Note: it will stain fences and the like.
An interesting bit of information you can purify drinking water of harmful bacteria by placing 3 or 4 grains into a litre of water, agitate to make water a light pink and leave for 24 hours before drinking.
Using this method means a large quantity of water can be treated saving the need to boil.
A weekly spray of potassium permanganate protects against curly leaf on stone fruit, and keeps new spring growth on roses and other deciduous trees and plants from diseases.
Sprinkle Wallys Neem Tree Granules under your apple trees, roses and citrus trees to reduce pest insect problems.
Use cell strengthening silicon products to strengthen your tomato plants, potatoes and tamarillo against psyllid nymphs.
In soil where you grow tomatoes year after year, treat the soil with Terracin and three weeks later with Mycorrcin.
In empty glasshouses, burn sulphur powder to fumigate any wintering-over insect pests.
Spray slime on paths and moss in lawn with Moss & Liverwort Control. This will not harm garden plants if they are caught by the spray
Start spraying strawberry plants 2 weekly with Mycorrcin to increase harvest results and feed with Wallys Secret Strawberry Food.
At planting time place a little Rok Solid under seedlings along with a little Neem Powder to give them a good start and some protection from pests.
Reusable crop cover, protects from weather, pests, cats and birds.
For chlorinated water supplies, consider a 10-micron carbon bonded filter on the garden tap that will keep the antimicrobial water away from any beneficial soil microbes and earthworms.
Using a dutch hoe to cut off weeds just below the surface has benefits for the soil life, while keeping gardens looking neat.