- Use mulch
This helps to maintain the moisture level in your garden beds for longer, meaning you can use less water. I use anything I can for mulch. Newspaper, old boxes, or any type of hay will do the trick.
2. No chemicals
There are a lot of serious chemicals that can be used in and around the garden. I however, prefer to stay away from them (especially when you have kids in the garden). It means you may get the odd grub in your cabbages but it’s a safer approach. Plus you won’t be killing all the bees and other beneficial inhabitants in your garden. I prefer to use a home remedy (stay tuned for a list of bug control home remedies) or some pyrethrum spray which still isn’t good for the bees but if you use it carefully it will get you out of trouble when the grubs move in.
3. Weed control
Again there are countless chemicals you can use to keep your weeds down in the garden but they are very toxic and I avoid them at all costs. Using heavy mulch will keep down any pesky weeds that are taking over your plants. In my garden at the moment I’m having terrible trouble with nut grass so I put down a thick layer of newspaper then cover it with cane trash hay and it works well.
4. A pile of poo!
Organic fertilizer in the form of cow poo or chook poo will do wonders for your garden. Every season your plants suck up the nutrients from the soil so it is a good idea to replenish it with some new food. I’m very lucky and can just take the wheel barrow down to the cow yard any time I need some new plant food, but you can buy chook poo (it’s called dynamic lifter) or cow poo at the gardening shop.