Guide to home gar­den­ing

Better Homes and Gardens (Australia) - - Growing Produce -

Want to get the best veg­eta­bles the nat­u­ral way? Here are four top tips – th­ese ideas can eas­ily be ap­plied to any size of gar­den.

At­tract ben­e­fi­cial bugs by pro­vid­ing in­sect-at­tract­ing plants and flow­ers such as bor­age and yarrow. Or use nat­u­ral reme­dies such as a snail trap (see page 60).

Es­tab­lish a grove of de­coy plants, such as nas­tur­tiums, marigolds and col­lard greens, to at­tract pests away from your ve­g­ies. Bonus, many of th­ese look beau­ti­ful and/or may be ed­i­ble too.

Place plants that ben­e­fit each other close to­gether, such as toma­toes and basil. When grown sideby-side, the in­tense aroma of basil con­fuses in­sects, de­ter­ring them from your toms. Basil fo­liage also shades the base of tomato plants, keep­ing roots cooler on hot days.

If plant­ing a dou­ble row, fer­tilise one lot at half strength and the other at full strength to stag­ger the har­vest.

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