For anyone just beginning to garden, the Agincourt Garden Club would like to present the following page of Helpful Information. You can also find some interesting links on the "Resources" page or may find the MonthByMonthGardeningGuide helpful.
Note: before starting any garden it is helpful to make a layout plan of what you want to do. A simple sketch is sufficient to start with. Your plan can be altered and updated over time.
Testing your soil will let you know it it is suitable to the needs of your plants. Click "here" for test labs addresses.
Changing "dirt; into "soil" can be achieved by adding various types of compost and leaf mould.
You have discovered a wonderful hobby; if you let it, it will fill your heart and mind with wonder and joy.
Some info gleaned from the Ed Lawrence phone in show: Thanks Ed (to listen to a show, click on link and scroll down to monday's gardening phone-in, click "Back" to return to this page).
Getting Rid of Moles:
One part castor oil to ten parts water -- a bit of soap. Pour around hole.
OR spent cat litter also works.
OR planting castor beans around the hole also works (warning: castor beans are very poisonous).
For Slugs & Their Eggs:
10 parts water
1 part ammonia
Spray or water over crowns and around plants
before foliage opens. If you do spray on open
foliage, rinse with clear water.
For aphids + Mealy Bugs/Scale:
40 parts water
1 part insecticide or dish soap
for mealy bugs/scale:
add 8 parts rubbing alcohol to above recipe
100 parts water
1 part baking soda
1-2 drops dish soap
(can be made up to ratio of 20 parts water to 1 part baking soda)
Dormant Oil Recipe:
mix to form an emulsion:
1/2 pint (250 ml) 10 weight non detergent, non additive oil or mineral oil 1 gallon (4 1/2 l) warm water
2 oz. (60Mls) liquid soap
spray on, making sure to cover all surfaces until the tree is glistening. Use late March or early April on a non-windy day, no cooler than 7-10 degrees Celsius. Do not use on evergreens.
Ant bait recipe: be aware that ants are a beneficial insect as they destroy many other harmful insects. If you must, use....
1 tsp boric acid (readily available at pharmacies)
6 tbsp sugar (white)
2 cups boiling water
add first two ingredients to boiling water. Stir well. Cool. Dip cotton balls into solution and drop into a plastic container that has holes punctured into sides along bottom of container (to allow ants in and out). Put the lid back on to keep out wasps, bees and to prevent evaporation. Place the container along the regular path of ants. Check the balls every few days and remoisten as required. Keep using as long as ants continue to appear.
For other information on "Good Bugs" click here for details. For "Bad Bugs" click here.(2007-03-17)