Jackie’s all-nat­u­ral gar­den

NZ Lifestyle Block - - Feature -

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.

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