Taking Care of Business

Gardener:Sarah at Netherby

Date:14 Sep 2020

Blog Type:Vegetables, Flowers

This weekend was about taking care of business in the garden. Some running repairs and weeding and mainly taking care of pests! We seem to have a variety of pests and need a variety of strategies to deal with them! I think our main pesky visitors are rabbits, possibly possums, and rats, chooks, the dog, pukekos plus the usual suspects of slugs and snails.

A main line of defense is the wire netting around the garden. This has nearly been completed and once it is done I am hoping it will keep out the rabbits and chooks and the pukekos (unless they pluck up the energy to fly in) The garden has gates so as long as they are closed the dog stays out. Unfortunately over the weekend, a gate was left open and our golden retriever, Jesse, decided to lie all over the strawberry plants and lick some of the strawberry fertiliser (thankfully he survived and I think the strawberries will unflatten themselves)

I planted some cobra beans recently to grow up our new archway and noticed that the new shoots had been eaten out. Another mystery so have replanted and put down some pellets for the slugs and wire mesh to keep out any rodents.

Along with doing some repairs to some of the old wooden boards around the garden beds I also had a go at the endless weeds. I tried an organic weed spray by Yates, Nature’s Way. It is made up using a clove oil blend and smells amazing and wafted around the garden for ages.

Hopefully, we will be able to keep the pests at bay, would love to hear what others do to protect their precious crops!

Happy Gardening everyone!

Taking Care of Business