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PostSubject: 'Green' Gardening   Sat Feb 02, 2008 2:55 pm

Our of curiousity I am wondering how many enjoy gardening, but more to the point how many of us actually garden 'green'? By that I mean attending to our gardens without using pesticides and other chemicals. And is you don't use chemicals etc how do you keep the garden pests down and what do you do to encourage natural predators?

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PostSubject: Re: 'Green' Gardening   Sat Feb 02, 2008 5:24 pm

im a keen gardener i grow spuds, toms,carrots, black currents, apples, rocket, basil most herbs, most lillys, tulips and loads more, i dont use any pesticides the only chemical i use is for the compost heap to rot it down quickly, do get rid of carrot fly i plant them in high containers as carrot fly's only hover no higher than a foot. to get rid of scarlet beetles of my lillys i either flick them of or i use lady birds but when they are at larvey stage. i have some 30 huge conifers in my back garden so i always have lots of birds and spiders i did how ever have a huge bee and wasp problem last year the bees didnt bother me as they where hunny bees so there not to much of a problem,but the wasps where so big they mad a nest in the shed so i had to call someone out to remove it which cost a pretty penny.
i do have a huge problem with ants in the summer and i do treat these as they come in the house (red ants) god they hurt when they bite. i dont spray or use powder i use ant bate stations its a plastic pot with gel inside this attact the ants they take the gel back to the queen and with in a week your problem has gone.
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PostSubject: Re: 'Green' Gardening   Tue Feb 05, 2008 9:35 pm

I too am a keen gardener, though I don't grow to many veggies but what veggies I do grow are for my reptiles. I never use chemicals in the garden and always keen to natural preditors in the garden to eat the bugs. I am fortunate to have lots of toads in my garden to keep the snail and slug populations down too. Last year we found a common lizard in the garden so hopefully we will see more of them by being Green.

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PostSubject: Re: 'Green' Gardening   Tue Feb 05, 2008 11:58 pm

My SO, Terri, is, too, Denise. Natural, no pesticides, just a few veggies, mostly for the beardies. But she had an over abundance of green beans last year so we were eating beans until we were green!

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PostSubject: Re: 'Green' Gardening   Wed Feb 06, 2008 12:20 am

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PostSubject: Re: 'Green' Gardening   Fri May 30, 2008 10:36 pm

I garden a bit too, i dont use any chemicals , beer traps for slugs & i squish green fly by hand off roses & leave rest to lady bugs.
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