Subject: Ways With Garden Plants in my Backyard/My Tips for a Chemical Free Garden

        Ways With Garden Plants Workshop
(in my backyard - St Marys - Sth Aust)
Come, visit my backyard for a relaxing afternoon discovering some amazing uses for common garden plants; collect cuttings, seeds, etc. to take home for your garden; plus enjoy a home-cooked afternoon tea.    Pam - The Shoppe
 Dates: Sunday October 2 OR Saturday October 8 -  1.30-3.30pm
A Little Bit of Paradise in the Suburbs 
   Some of the things I'll be showing you how to make are: herbal vinegar, skin moisturiser, body and foot powders, a method for collecting essential oil, perfumed body spray. Plants from the garden are cheap, safe and natural (unprocessed) and are, therefore, the very best for you and your home.
   My garden has an array of plants for cuttings. I'll also have some seedlings for you to take home and seeds collected from last year's plants - so feel free to help yourself and appreciate the abundance of Mother Nature. Don't forget to bring bags. 
  I like to cook - a remnant of living on a farm in my child-hood - so I'll be having an
old-fashioned country-style afternoon tea (scones, jam, cream, homemade cake, sandwiches, etc.). 
   I've got a bit of soft heart for stray, unloved animals - as a result - a few local cats now consider my backyard their home. They are a bit shy - but you may see one or two.
  I’ve just started planting out my spring vegetables to establish my vegie garden, my sweet peas are in full bloom, I have compost on the go, vegetables in containers, herbs, plus a few seedlings - rocket, lettuce.  It’s a beautiful environment - I’ve spent years working on it so it would be lovely to share it with people interested in knowing more about getting started in successful backyard gardening on a shoe-string budget.
  My home environment is in no way perfect or pristine - it's the base from which I run my business - so managing the space I have is a challenge - but its my haven and place of peace..
Numbers are limited so please be quick if you would like to come along.

Cost: $30 (or $25 conc)
ph (08) 8374 2531  (leave message if necessary and I’ll call you back.). 
Venue: St Marys (located a couple of streets from South Road).  Bus stop No. 20 (South Road).  Full address details will be available when you book.
Not able to come to my workshop?  You'll find lots of practical information and pictures of my back-yard in e-book No. 36 - Recycling and Improvising in the Garden........

e-book No. 36 - Recycling & Improvising in the Garden: Creating an environmentally friendly garden, recycling and re-using household items in the garden: such as newspaper, tin cans, plastic containers, egg cartons, old garden hose, car tyres, buckets, curtain material and netting! Also deals with soil enrichment, repelling insects, water saving. 25 pages Price: $12.00  To find out more and download click here
Chemical Alternatives in the Garden
  The commercial sale of chemicals for gardening is BIG business.  Most of the gardening shows rely on sponsorship from large companies that promote chemically-based products in some way.  But gardens are a product of the Earth - natural, no chemicals with the earth providing all that you need to nurture and maintain your garden  So how do you garden without chemicals?  Here are a few things I do to avoid chemically based products:

: When it comes to weeding the most important garden tool is a hoe.  A long handled tool with a blade type edge that digs and scrapes up weeds (including the roots). It's cheap, chemical free, saves back-breaking bending and very therapeutic!
  My second options are vinegar (the cheap version - undiluted - straight from the bottle) and boiling water (particularly good for paths, driveways and similar areas).

Deterring Insects: 
I frequently use my trusty soap-based garden spray (recipe below). I use talc powder to deter ants and other crawling insects.
As a snail and slug deterrent I make up a strong coffee spray consisting of one part brewed coffee with 10 parts water. Spray onto plants and surrounding soil frequented by slugs and snails to discourage them. For earwigs I leave a loosely folded newspaper in the garden overnight. In the morning the earwigs will have crawled into the paper (which can  be disposed of in the recycling bin) - doesn't always work effectively but it's a safe option. 

Soil Enrichment:  Compost, compost, compost.  It's cheap, good for the earth (recycling) and totally chemical free.  It's Nature's way of rejuvenating the Earth and will provide everything you need to ensure your plants are well-fed and happy. 
Recipe: 'Never-Fail Garden Spray'
   Make up a mixture of 100g grated soap dissolved in 300ml boiling water – blend and leave to cool to form a thick jelly. Add 8 litres of hot water and dissolve. Pour into recycled spray bottles and spray onto garden plants. To make the spray a more effective insect repellent soak garlic cloves and hot fresh chilli overnight in the mixture before using. (Tie into a small bag so that it is easier to remove – do not use crushed or powdered chilli/garlic as it will block the sprayer). Two tablespoons of eucalyptus oil may also be added.
(This mix will need to be used more frequently then chemically based sprays – about once fortnightly – in order to be effective. Suited to sucking and biting insects such as white-fly, aphids, caterpillars, etc. who dislike to taste of soap).

You’ll find lots more insect repelling information in the following e-books:
No. 19 - Composting for the Beginner: Easy to follow and concise information for people new to the art of composting.  Covers various methods for composting, container options (commercial or recycled), how to make compost, uses and trouble-shooting. 13 pages  Price: $8.00  For download information click here
No. 20 - Natural Insect Repellents, Deterrents & Killers: All natural safe methods using common household resources. Covers: ants, cockroaches, fleas & mites, flies, mice, mosquitoes, moths, silverfish, weevils. Presented in two stages: Prevention/deterring and/or extermination. Includes recipes and suggestions for personal insect repellents. 24 pages   Price: $12.00  For download information click here
No. 21 - Safe Organic Sprays for Home and Garden: Easy-to-make sprays using common household ingredients. Covers sprays for cleaning, insect repelling, disease prevention (plants), plant nourishment using such sources as: lemon juice, vinegar, eucalyptus oil, citronella, onion, garlic, milk, chilli, soap, pepper, coffee, flour, herbs, seaweed, bicarb soda and more! 19 pages Price: $12.00   For download information click here
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