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Tomatoes in July

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Back on the tools

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Have got some big jobs on the go but never fear, with my 'new' assistant we are keeping up.

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Keep birds, cats, dogs and elephants out of your Watersaver Garden

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I find that customers often don't think they have a problem with pests until their Watersaver Garden becomes an oasis of green lush plants.  The good news is the Deluxe Canopy ($195) is easy to retro fit, just drill 10mm hole in the four corners of the bed. The net is commercial grade, lasts for years, and is only $45.   Note it's nice and high to accommodate tomatoes, climbers and you won't bump your head.   Remember you can grow $200 plus of vegetables in one of these in six weeks, avoid ColesWorth and feed the family decent greens,...

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Compost:make your own and reduce landfill

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It may shock you but worms do not have ladders. Because Watersavergardens (wicking gardens) do not come in contact with the surrounding earth worms you should introduce them to get the best produce. The easiest way to do this is DIY compost.  This is how I do it: put the kitchen waste in the bin. I don't care what goes in so long as there is not too much of one thing. Occasionally put some green grass/dead leaves to break it up a bit. When I get around to it I buy 12 bags of horse stable manure plus free...

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Getting the best out of your Watersaver wicking garden

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If you want to keep getting great results a bit of maintenance is required.  If birds or animals are getting to be a problem it is easy to retro-fit an aluminium canopy frame with optional trellis plus my commercial grade netting. Composting is great, reducing landfill and getting rich 'living' compost for your garden. I will cover that process in another blog. Add compost every second planting, just spread out and quickly turn over soil so the abundant worms don't get sun burn.  Every three to six months add an organic natural mineral plant food like EarthLife GardenMate, made here in...

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