Place plants with the same type of water requirements close to or next to each other. A deep watering less often is better than shallow watering more frequently. Be a Rainwater Harvester – get creative with buckets, gutters and downpipes, old baths, etc. Plant Indigenous – indulge in the wide selection of water efficient indigenous plants available that are accustomed to local weather and soil conditions. Improve the water-holding capacity of your soil by mixing in products like water-wise crystals.
Dealing with Pests
Be kind to birds, lizards, spiders, ladybirds, chameleons and praying mantis. These are some natural enemies that prey on harmful insect pests. Certain herbs or aromatic plants are also helpful in deterring harmful insects: mint, basil, nasturtium, garlic, thyme, parsley, and marigold.
Deciphering the Fertiliser Code: What is N:P:K?
The numbers on the fertiliser labels indicate the ratio of the nutrient elements Nitrogen (N), Phosphorus (P) and Potassium (K) as they occur in a particular mixed fertiliser product. This is important in terms of the outcomes you would like to achieve in your garden. For example:
2:3:2 – a general fertiliser for all round growth, the high phosphorus number means it is good for root development
4:1:1 – high in nitrogen so great for promoting leafy green growth
3:1:5 – high in potassium so will encourage fruiting and flowering
This is a great time of year to fertilise so visit your local garden shop to discover a wide selection of both inorganic as well as organic fertilisers available.