Well done Viv for mastering (or is it mistressing) the link thingy. In response to Parkites request I've posted a topic on how to do it. That's it though now the secret's out and I'll be hounded by the the Elders and the "Shirt Police" (see another topic) for ever.
Incidentally do people still collect fresh horse manure, like my Dad used to,for growing their plants.
Message posted by parkites on 10 July 2010 at 9:58pm - IP Logged
I hope this won't be construde as advertising, but... I have a friend on the Greek mainland who is seriously serious about matters eco friendly and organic. He's predominantly a marine biologist, but in his 'spare time' is running a small business that concentrates on organic composting and domestic worm farms. If anyone is interested in his work his website is here
Message posted by orchard on 11 July 2010 at 12:53am - IP Logged
Trisa, I live in Kastania, just a few miles South of the airport. Our backyard gets full sun for most of the day, my tomato plants are facing Ouest so get sun pretty much all day long, and I have to water them everyday.
We get dew in the morning, but it doesn't last.
Nettle tea is Ok to use to promote stem and leaf growth, but once our tomato plants start blooming you have to stop using it or you will get huge vines and little fruit. This is when you want to start using comfrey tea.
I want to encourage everyone to make their own compost and organic fertilizer, not to go buy some in the stores. I come from a family of farmers, and I can tell you that exposure to pesticides and chemical fertilizers, over the years, has been responsible for many illnesses in my family.
It's not just healthier for you, it's better for the environment and your children's future, and it's free. I find it also fascinating to be able to use things that grow wild as an organic fertilizer.
Take sword fern for instance. There is plenty here in Corfu. In summer, you can use it to mulch (use is fresh or dry) your tomatoes and strawberries. It repels snails and slugs, it prevent weed growth, it maintains humidity so in the heart of summer you don't have to water your tomatoes everyday, and it maintain soil temperature higher. While decomposing, it nourished the soil.
In areas where temperatures get below freezing in winter, it's great to protect your perennials. So dry them and use them for mulching.
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