23/03/2017

March 2017

My blogs have become rather cumbersome over the years, so for convenience I have restored an old unused blog to manage my data.   This blog "Sustainable Organic Gardening" will be used as a portal to simplify the presentation of my story.  Through this portal, you will still be able to access all my blogs and blogpages.   I will deliver a monthly post to this new blog portal, and will continue to post regularly to Facebook, but I will not maintain any of my other blog posts.  I will however keep all my blogpages up to date to the best of my ability.

05/10/2016

October 2016

What a beautiful flower, but what a pity its a weed.  Oxalis pes-caprae or wood sorrel is another Australian introduced species which became a weed and this year is growing widespread in the parks and gardens of Melbourne in places its not supposed to be.

15/01/2015

January 2015.

The bore hole of a codling moth, I should have left the frass on to show, but there's no mistaking it.  The apple was disposed of in a sealed bag in the garbage.

This year I followed my own instructions with a thorough winter clean up of the ground around each tree, and applied several bands of horticultural glue to the tree trunk above the graft line.  I sprayed with lime sulphur at bud swell, and regularly sprayed the foliage with aerated compost tea through the growing season.  The results have been outstanding and the fruit is clean and undamaged so far.

05/10/2014

October 2014.


An adventurous snail tries to cross the copper barrier into an Ecobed full of luxuriant green vegies.  After a couple of tries he dropped off and slid away to wreak havoc elsewhere.

This is the first time I have actually seen the copper tape snail barrier in action and although I knew it worked well (no snails in the Ecobeds), seeing is believing.  The tape has been in place for 18 months and is certainly weathering,  but it is clearly still fully effective.