Jackie’s all-natural garden
Jackie says that while she tries to make most of her compost, she also buys some in bulk.
"Scott ordered a truckload of mushroom compost for me. I think the driver must have wondered what on earth they were doing, bringing such a big load out here for this crazy garden lady, but it was all used. Besides, I got a good workout spreading it around.
"When seaweed washes up on the beach I get out and haul that in too. Scott initially cut it up, but now I am trying out seaweed tea recipes, so I don't have to keep digging it into the soil.
“I also make nettle teas to spray on the foliage. I hadn't tried this before, but last season I did, and it was amazing. However, I recommend doing it early in spring – it's good for green growth, it's best to stop once that's underway. After that, flowers begin to form and don't need it."
To beat the blustery winds, she's found something unconventional helps to keep her plants steady.
"Instead of staking, I plant them closely and cover them with pea netting which they grow through. Last year that worked well." Left: Jackie has started making wild-style wedding bouquets.