JJ’s gar­den so­lu­tions

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Com­post co­nun­drum

Leanne van der Linde of Benoni writes We make our own com­post and for the first time we’ve ex­pe­ri­enced huge amounts of all kinds of weeds in the gar­den and, par­tic­u­larly, in our veg­etable gar­den. We pri­mar­ily use horse ma­nure that’s well de­com­posed and were won­der­ing if this is the prob­lem? Is there any way to en­sure that we erad­i­cate the weeds?

JJ replies Com­post that has bro­ken down well should have no weed seeds in it, as these would have turned to com­post as well. How­ever, once you’ve added com­post to a new bed, it’s a good idea to al­low two weeks for weed seeds to ger­mi­nate, then re­move those be­fore sow­ing or plant­ing your new veg­gies.

Save our trees!

Mathilda Hornsveld writes on Facebook Our two fever trees are shed­ding their bark and one has al­ready died. Please help!

JJ replies This is caused by a fun­gus that’s very dif­fi­cult to con­trol. I rec­om­mend that you spray with lime sul­phur once a week for six weeks.

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