On June the 5th, we celebrate World Environmental Day. Every little bit counts, and it’s easy to do your part! We recommend organic gardening.
First thing’s first; you need to build a foundation of soil health and plant diversity. To create a successful organic garden, you need to start with the soil.
Rejuvenate the soil:
- Mix a coco peat growing medium with worm castings or sieved compost in a bucket. Coco peat products are natural, organic and environmentally friendly growing mediums, produced from aged and mature brown coconut husks. Coco peat is also known as coir, coir pith or kokos. It has an excellent water retention capacity and holds almost 1,000% its own weight in water. The high water holding capacity is ideal for water conservation.
- Use worm castings instead of chemical fertiliser. Worm castings are an all-purpose organic fertiliser that is easy-to-use, odourless, weed-free, guaranteed not to burn, and suitable for all soils and plants. It is full of microorganisms which help with all soil health.
- Add a sprinkle of bone meal and rock dust. Bone meal is rich in the mineral phosphorus that plants need for healthy root development. It also contains calcium and a little bit of nitrogen, both of which are beneficial to plants.
Avoid chemicals at all costs! There are loads of natural alternatives that can be grown to get rid of pests:
- Basil: Repels flies and mosquitoes
- Catnip: Repels ants and cockroaches
- Chives: Repels aphids
- Fennel: Repels aphids, slugs and snails
Bring in the bees! Bees are crucial to the environment, and you can help them out with these:
Doing your bit for the planet is easy, and reasonably inexpensive. Help make a difference, one organic act at a time!