We paid a visit to an old principle last week - one who is, hopefully, going to figure greatly in my plans in the years ahead. One of the questions he asked me was "are you going to farm organically"?
Of course! That is my plan. There is no other plan, nor alternative!! Even RMan is coming round to my way of thinking... not that he had much choice in the matter. LOL
|Horrible, leaf mega munching, grotesquely swollen worm specimens|
But I am such an idiot!
A couple of months ago I purchase a small (150gm) and expensive (ZAR12.00) bag of (food friendly - not-the-one-you-can-purchase-to-use-in-swimming-pool-filters) diatomaceous earth. With it came a leaflet explaining its' use. Yes, I did read the leaflet, and yes, I clean forgot about the diatomaceous earth after I had placed it in my gardening / vegetable seed cupboard, until next season when I would need it. And no, I had not thought of it in the broader scheme of things - I had only focussed on vegetables.
Why - well, I was Googling "eco-friendly", etc this past weekend and came across this brilliant site.
Now I need worry no more.
Yes, I am aware that diatomaceous earth is harmful to bees, butterflies and predatory wasps. But on plants (such as spinach, beetroot, potato and tomato plants) which require no insect pollination it should work a treat!
It can be applied in the following ways:
1. dust onto / around plants (in my case lemon trees) - this uses quite a bit of the diatomaceous earth and one cannot control where it goes. Nor will it settle under the leaves LOL;
2. mix a heaped tablespoon with a litre of water and a couple of drops of dishwashing liquid (to help the mixture adhere to the plant). Apply using a spray bottle with a coarse spray - remembering to keep shaking ("stirring") the mixture to keep it in suspension. Re-apply every 2 - 3 weeks.
|The first of...|
I'm certainly going to experiment - one lemon tree with diatomaceous earth (both the spray and the powder at the base), one with a catnip planting at the base and a control one of nothing of all. I'll let you know what transpires :)
Isn't the www a wonderful invention :)