Welcome to my website in which I show you how I grow great organic vegies in a water conserving raised garden bed with the help of a built in worm farm and pest exclusion devices. I also show you how I rotate these vegies in a 4 year 4 bed cycle. Check out my website 'Gardening with Ecobeds' which shows you how Ecobeds are made and how they grow food without using poisonous chemicals....................John Ashworth 27th July 2015.
Latest Update 7th July 2016.
I keep the best of my previous years crop to provide cloves for the new season.
I can fit 44 cloves in3 allocated rows and they produced plenty for our needs.
Blackfly (aphids) are a persistent problem, and vigilance is needed to ensure they don't get established and cause significant damage to the crop.
Organic horticultural oil used as a spray (diluted to suppliers recipe) smothers them. Spray early in the morning before beneficial insects become active so they are not impacted.
Garlic is harvested as soon as leaf tips turn yellow, and dried in bunches hanging freely from rafters in a shed or garage. They will store like this for 9 months, but start to send out new shoots in Winter.
To avoid losing part of your crop, its worth freezing some of them as soon as they have completely dried out after harvest. No special preparation is necessary and you can store them with stalks removed in resealable plastic bags in the freezer.
As soon as potatoes are harvested in my crop rotation program, I start preparing the soil for a crop of Garlic.
They are planted early in April in Melbourne's, warm temperate climate.
They are extremely nutritious and add great flavour to soups and casseroles, and they taste great when roasted with other veggies.
netting is effective against blackfly, but it must be applied early and
maintained securely to keep the winged adults from reaching the young
garlic plants in Autumn. This is when they mate and the female lays
eggs. These eggs over-winter and hatch in spring.
If they penetrate your defences, you
can spray the hatchlings with dilute Eco-oil (to suppliers dilution ratio) or a 5% home made organic soap solution to kill the aphids by smothering them.
Make sure you spray all the leaves and stems including the underside of the leaves.
Garlic should be protected against slugs and snails using self adhesive copper
tape bonded around the base of your Ecobed.
these molluscs get into your Ecobed as eggs laid in your compost, kill
them with iron based snail pellets as soon as you
discover them. You should only need to use a small number of these
pellets, which are not considered to be toxic to beneficial organisms.
applications of aerated compost tea boost the natural defences of
garlic by colonising the leaf surfaces with beneficial microbes.
These microbes defend the plant against airborne pests and diseases.
proper soil preparation including regular applications of home made
compost boosts the community of beneficial
microbes, which defend the plants roots against plant pathogens.
Exclusion netting stops birds digging up worms in your Ecobed.