Be careful of these solutions around children, as they should not be ingested. Don’t store them in soft drink bottles and make sure you keep them out of reach of children.
Add 3 teasp bicarb soda to 1 litre water and then a few drops of either dishwashing liquid or fish emulsion.
Mix 1 teasp bicarb soda into 1 litre water, then add 1 litre skim milk and one pinch of condees crystals. Shake thoroughly.
Scale and Mealy Bugs
Mix 4 tablespoons dishwashing liquid into 1 cup vegetable oil – stir together. Mix with 20 parts of water and spray affected plants.
Aphids, Caterpillars and other Insects
2 tablespoons soap flakes dissolved in 1 litre warm water; then spray.
Caterpillers and Grasshoppers deterrent
1 cup molasses in 1 litre water; then spray over new foliage
Also, use 1⁄2 litre molasses to 2 litres water; spread over 11⁄2 square metres of affected area.
Weeds in general – will kill all plants
1 cup salt dissolved in 1 litre vinegar. Brush all weeds you wish to kill.
To attract Lacewings which eat aphids etc.
1 teaspoon vegemite dissolved in water; spray over plants
Spray with lime sulphur to clean up any fungal spores.
It is good practice with any homemade remedy to first spray a test patch on the target crop and wait 24 hours before checking the sprayed foliage for damage, before proceeding.
The St Luke’s Community Garden Annual General Meeting is being held on Tuesday 18 June at 7pm, in the Alexandra Hall at St Luke’s Church.
Our next Busy Bee is scheduled for 10 March (8-10am) which ties in the Council verge collection. We are hoping to see as many there as possible as it has been quite a while since our last one. Morning tea will be provided as usual so if you can, please stay for a chat.
Our next Busy Bee is scheduled for 27 October (8-10am) which ties in the Council verge collection. We are hoping to see as many there as possible as it has been quite a while since our last one. Morning tea will be provided as usual so if you can, please stay for a chat.
Bedholders, now that spring is here, in view of your 12 hours annual obligation to communal areas, please check the shed blackboard for jobs to do and remember to put your hours in the diary. Also, the reticulation will be turned on when the rain stops and a message will be placed on the shed blackboard when this happens to let you know.
Thank you and wishing you happy spring gardening.
Alexandra Hall, St Lukes Church. All welcome.
Hope to see you there!
Hope to see you there!