DIY PROJECTS are so much fun these days and lately I have been creating a veggie garden in my court yard. We are right near the beach and experience more wind and salty air making this a challenge for my choice in seedlings. I used an organic manure for all the pots and drilled holes at the bottom for drainage. It is also important to watch the sun throughout the day so you know where to position everything to suit its needs. WATER WATER WATER just a quick 3 mins am/pm for maximum results and when fruiting, budding or flowering they will need extra nutritional support (like us). I use Seasol Powerfeed applications fortnightly which is a natural seaweed solution perfect for growing your own produce.
Snow peas and beetroot didn’t survive however, tomatoes, kale, capsicum, herbs and lettuce are thriving. Another problematic area are pests…the caterpillar and moths spending hours happily chewing on my greens. One day a beautiful leaf the next a single stalk!
My solution is a natural pesticide recipe below, although you do need to keep on top of applications regularly for it to continue protection.
Natural Pesticide Spray Recipe 1 onion 2 chilli 1 garlic 1tbsp soap flakes or earth friendly detergent Finely chop all ingredients into a bucket and add 1L of boiling water. Leave 12-24hrs then drain into a spray bottle. Spray leaves thoroughly.
Bright pots really add some personality to your backyard and a must for easy to grow herbs such as mint, basil, sage and dill. I have been collecting little objects for a while to make into DIY garden features and finally thought its time to project ideas into action. I had my retro bike basket lying around and was perfect for a chamomile tea herb. I sprayed an old vanity chair metallic silver and put a hanging basket of strawberries and bought a metal watering can to tie it all together. So far so good although not sure what we will do about watering while we go on holidays…might have to kindly ask somebody to drop by for a water service.