The planet is our home; we need to be more responsible. Here's what I do.
The dock leaves are allowed to grow.
We were busy at the plot the other day doing positive things for the plants.
One useful thing that my sister in law came up with was adding wood ash to the water for the onions. This seems to distract the onion fly that has previously devastated crops.
We use plenty of more natural tools to tackle plot problems. Here’s a few more.
Ladybirds are encouraged as they eat aphids. Aside from being very cute of course.
Spiders and toads are encouraged to eat the flies too!
Dock Leaves: Great things!
Our broad beans had problem black flies. Black fly seem to like dock leaves. We have them growing in our plot.
They’re also good for treating a nettle sting or comfrey can do the same.
dealing with Bugs
If the flies are still a problem then we boil a solution of Rhubarb leaves and add washing up liquid as a spray. This type of bug spray is not allowed under EU rules so I’m not recommending it. Just saying!
When it comes to creepy crawlies we squish the caterpillars. I’d rather do that then use more serious chemicals!
The chickens also eat the bugs in the back yard and that has reduced the slug problems for seedlings.
Used coffee grounds are a deterrent against slugs
The worm juice is a great help as a fertiliser for lots of things.
When our allium family have yellowing needs they need a nitrogen pick up. A good source us not for the faint hearted; Urine!
Male urine is also good for the compost heap but apparently not girls!
Tealeaves to feed roses and tomatoes.
Coffee grounds for growing mushrooms.
We enhance the compost with Comfrey and nettles too.
We have path ways at our allotment. The main strip is a gravelled mix and the evil couch grass has penetrated it.
Again nasty chemicals aren’t appropriate. But vinegar sprayed against weeds on the paths is a good option.. Sometimes salt can also work in paving cracks too.
has helped keep weeds down too. Rhubarb leaves are a handy barrier to use accurately.
We’ve also mulched with leaf mould, cardboard and newspaper.
Back at the house
We discourage mice with mint essential oil in a spray with water.
Ants don’t like cinnamon. As you saw in the bee hive.
This is the worm juice.
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