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Organic Gardening

Organic gardening involves enriching the soil with organic materials.

These include:

  • Compost
  • Animal manures
  • Hay
  • Straw
  • Seaweed
  • Peat moss
  • Leafy crops, even weeds
  • Rice husks
  • Leaves
  • flowers
  • Lawn cuttings

Providing the Council doesn't object, a few fowls can provide a rich source of organic material. A small poultry run can be camouflaged with a few lovely Paul's Scarlet Roses.
Crop rotation is important in organic gardening - insects and pests, attracted to one crop, die off if plants from another family are grown next season.
Companion planting is a pleasant way of controlling some problems. Marigolds, among the vegetables, help control Eelworms, and Chives or Garlic planted around trees or shrubs repel aphis and Tansy controls flies.

Fragrant Garden

Perfume is the soul of any garden - as important as colour and design.
Scented gardens can be enjoyed in the evenings as well as day. Bees and butterflies love the fragrance and the fragrant flowers love the insects.
Freesias are a delightful fill-up in a fragrant garden - many new and lovely colours are available now and they bloom late winter through spring and are excellent for cutting for the house.