Guide to home gardening
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.