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Easy garden upkeep tips

Deter creepy crawlies for a pest-free spring with tips from our Green Goddess, Wendyl Nissen.

We had issues with guava moth in our feijoas this year, so I went online and purchased some specialised guava moth pheromone traps, as well as a huge bag of neem granules.
Neem is an absolute wonder ingredient so well worth stocking up on (the oil is also handy for a whole raft of skin issues too).
On my usual rounds to sprinkle blood and bone around the roots of the trees, I went ahead and sprinkled a handful of granules per tree to keep the moths at bay.
It works to kill any pests that are overwintering in the soil. It’s natural and organic, so here’s hoping for a pest-free spring!
Other pest-free gardening tips:
  • Egg shells are great for keeping slugs and snails away from your plants and they also release calcium into the soil as they decompose - double win!
  • Half a juiced lemon can be used to grow seeds in, feeding the seeds as they keep them safe. When the seedlings are big enough to be replanted, they can stay in the lemon within their new pot.
  • Roses love banana skins - the potassium they release feeds the roses and gets them looking beautiful. Put a banana peel in the soil under the plant to give your roses a kick start.
  • Growing peppermint indoors will not only make your home smell fresh, it will make your house unfriendly to flies, mosquitoes and spiders. Put one in your kitchen and watch the insects disperse.

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