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Jackie French's Guide to Companion Planting
Jackie French 2nd Edition 2013 (AUS)
A completely revised and expanded second edition, this comprehensive guide to companion planting for Australian conditions has full colour photos and useful clear explanations of what actually works in the garden. Eliminate pests without pesticides and reduce your time spent weeding and fertilising by getting the plants to do the work for you. As well as covering veges, fruit and flowers this second edition includes new and informative chapters to cover soil fertility, the lawn and natural herbicides, as well as a diagnostic chart of common pests. 182pp
Good Bug Mix
An important strategy for organic gardeners is to enhance and maximise the natural biological controls already present in a garden ecosystem. Does your garden provide a nectar source for beneficial, pest-controlling insects? Planting particular flowers and herbs known as insectary plants has been proven to improve the natural balance and reduce pest outbreaks.
Good Bug Mix contains colourful re-seeding annual and perennial flowers including red clover, alyssum, cosmos, marigolds, Queen Anne's Lace, buckwheat, lucerne, dill, caraway, coriander and phacelia (when available), gypsophila. It blooms much of the year, providing nectar, pollen and habitat for wild and introduced beneficial insects, such as predatory mites and tiny micro wasps, ladybirds, lacewings, hoverflies, tachnid flies and predatory beetles. These beneficial insects or 'good bugs' are generally small with correspondingly small mouthparts, so they are only able to feed on particular flowers with suitable attributes. By providing a plentiful food supply the 'good bugs' live longer and reproduce more.
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