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Natural Remedies in the Garden

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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

Feeding

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.

Weed busting

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.

Mulch
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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21 comments on “Natural Remedies in the Garden

  1. lindaswildlifegarden
    April 30, 2014

    Reblogged this on Linda's wildlife garden and commented:
    Lovely post Liz did not know you could use comfrey like a dot leave I remember that next time I get stung by a nettle

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  2. andy1076
    April 30, 2014

    Tea leaves for roses.. mmm! any tea leaves? I got roses in my yard that I want to help bloom brighter πŸ™‚ any suggestions for bamboo?

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    • lizard100
      April 30, 2014

      Not sure about the bamboo. But standard tea is good for roses.

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      • andy1076
        April 30, 2014

        I’ll give it a shot then, Thank you πŸ™‚

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  3. Chloris
    April 30, 2014

    You mean you wee on your onions? And you say the windscreen man is eccentric. And the man with 3 strawberry beds. I bet they are all blogging telling the world about the strange people who wee on their onions.
    But apart from that, lots of useful hints. I shall try the coffee grounds for slugs because my beer trap doesn’ t seem to catch too many. I use tea bags as a tonic for all my house plants.

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  4. solarbeez
    May 1, 2014

    If you have any mice urine in insulation, use it to attract bumblebees. Put it in a box with a smallish hole. Put the box on the ground under some brush so it’s partly hidden. You might get lucky and attract some bumblebees. Hey, you’re talking about mice and urine…don’t blame me! πŸ™‚

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  5. Expat Eye
    May 1, 2014

    EU, Schmee-U πŸ˜‰ Do whatever works!

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    • lizard100
      May 1, 2014

      Ach! Live a little! Wee, poo it’s all good for your garden!

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      • Expat Eye
        May 1, 2014

        Poo coming up in my next post – you should pop over and take some from here!

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      • lizard100
        May 1, 2014

        Marvellous! I think poo needs more posts!

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      • Expat Eye
        May 1, 2014

        I’m sure there’ll be plenty more where that came from – you should see where I am right now… But more on that in a couple of posts time!

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      • lizard100
        May 1, 2014

        You’re such a blog tease!

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      • Expat Eye
        May 1, 2014

        πŸ˜‰ There will be a post later this evening though, I promise!

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      • lizard100
        May 1, 2014

        Oooooooooh!

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  6. Val
    May 1, 2014

    Some great tips there.
    I had some tunneling in my onion bed last year (think it was a badger). I poured urine around the tunnels and around the edge of the entire plot. Seemed to do the trick.

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    • lizard100
      May 1, 2014

      Yeah! Wee!

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    • lizard100
      May 1, 2014

      That’s a good one. We have a water rat but not sure if we want to disturb it. They’re protected.

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  7. litadoolan
    August 16, 2014

    Great to know ants don’t like cinnamon. Right now I have both!! Thank you for great post full of useful ideas.

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