Heavy use of glyphosate over the last few decades has created an emergence of glyphosate-resistant “super weeds,” of which roughly two dozen species have been discovered. These weeds are likely responsible for farmers, agricultural workers and others spraying more and more glyphosate, according to Science in Society.
Cristiano Peano, an associate professor of General Arboriculture and Arboreal Crops at Turin University and a consultant at Slow Food, recently spoke about how glyphosate use is harming soil.
The safety of Roundup and its key ingredient, however, have become controversial to say the least. Dozens of studies have correlated exposure to glyphosate to a number of different health issues, including ADHD, Alzheimer’s disease, autism, birth defects, cancer, Celiac disease, colitis, heart disease, inflammatory bowel disorder, kidney disease, liver disease, non-Hodgkin lymphoma and Parkinson’s disease, among others.
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Alternatives-some people use vinegar or similar acids, others use boiling water, and here's a novel idea, pulling out the weeds and composting them-making them work for you. Another way is a flame weeder using gas, simple and easy to use in larger areas. We have one, love it, but you can't beat hands on management.
Green harvest have on their website some very good and simple ways to manage codling moth, without resorting to chemical sprays. Try it and look for more information on their site.
Everyone knows the old joke: what is worse than finding a worm in your apple? Answer: Half a worm. The saying refers to the larva of the Codling Moth (Cydia pomonella), which originated in Europe but is now found in most countries that grow apples. It also attacks pears, nashi pears, quinces, and occasionally walnuts and stone fruits.
Suggested Organic Strategies:
Mealy bugs are small white and look harmless. Unfortunately they are not. The secondary problems caused by the sticky exudation are what cause plants to suffer. If you have them in large numbers, you need to treat the problem, otherwise they'll be back, sucking sap from the plants. For small numbers, spray with water and wipe off. Once the second stage, sooty mould, appears, the time has come to take stronger measures. Some plants can become very weakened, then not able to survive harsh conditions like our hot dry summers.
1. Make-your-own treatment: Spraying with diluted methylated spirits. Mix 1 part methylated spirits to 2 parts water. If mixed too strong, leaf burn can result. Soap flakes or even dish-washing liquid can also be added.
2. Treatment using oil sprays: Eco Oil or Neem Oil are fantastic producst that controls the infestation by smothering the insects. The oil also works as a protective covering on the plant to reduce the chances of re-infestation.
Tino Carnevale creates a mini greenhouse out of a plastic storage container.
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Wicking beds are a unique and increasingly popular way to grow vegetables. They are self-contained raised beds with built-in reservoirs that supply water from the bottom up – changing how, and how much, you water your beds.
Wicking beds are about saving water, using water more efficiently especially for people where water is scarce or cost is at a premium. Plants stay cooler as the water moves upwards rather than down, they do not dry out so quickly, but may need shade cover in the hotter months.
Lots more inf on this site, have a reaad and decide what would work best for you.
Grass clippings also make an excellent nitrogen-rich fertilizer all by themselves. To make grass “tea” for your garden, fill a five-gallon bucket about two-thirds of the way with fresh clippings. Top off with water to within an inch or two from the lip. Let the mixture steep for about 72 hours, stirring at least once per day. Strain to remove grass clippings then dilute the finished product one part “tea” to one part fresh water. Apply this solution as a foliar spray or directly to the ground.
Don't waste those grass clippings-compost or turn into fertiliser.
This is such a simple and effective way to give plants a nitrogen boost. Used clippings can go back on the compost. Just think how much you've saved, and how few chemicals have been used. Well done.