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Good Organic Gardening Issue#9.5 - 2018

Gardening with goodness at its heart — fresh, organic and fun. This magazine is 100% real. We are unashamedly earthy, reflecting the spirit and culture of people who just love to get their hands dirty. Our emphasis is on productive gardening. We just love the satisfaction of growing your own and finding new ways to bring produce to the table. The magazine includes features such as Amazing Gardens, Celebrity Chefs, Celebrity Gardeners, Clever Crops, Flavours of the month, Garden solutions, Kids Corner, Living Organics, Weekend Gardening, What’s New and a guide to What’s on Where. Purchase includes the Digital Edition and News Service. Please stay in touch via our Facebook Page.

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this issue

Becoming a gardener makes you both more wary and more accepting of insects and other creepy-crawlies. Wary because you get to know the harm some can do to your plants or you; accepting because you get to know the good they do and their important place in the world. You even fall in love with some — bees, for instance. One of the books reviewed this issue, Minibeasts, by Alan Henderson (Exisle Publishing), showcases beautiful Mr DeMille close-ups of minibeasts such as the peacock jumping spider, pictured opposite. Seriously, you cannot look at this photo and not think that is adorable! Where is your horror of spiders now? After all, it is one. When we were doing our story on Simon Carroll and Kelly Eaton’s lovely property, Little Hill Farm, we met…

1 min
big show on a small scale

Male peacock jumping spiders are tiny, about 5mm long. Yet what they lack in size they make up for with colour and show. This male (Maratus amabilis) is displaying to a female, holding his abdomen aloft and extending flaps of skin on the sides to expand his fantastic display. Males of each of the various species have a unique pattern and colour scheme which, when combined with distinct dance moves, aids the females to not only identify their mates, but also to judge their fitness. Extracted from Minibeasts (Exisle 2018).…

4 min
the grapevine

SOUNDSCAPE ECOLOGY Soundscape ecology is a term used to describe the emerging new science of evaluating the living landscapes and marine environments of the world through their collective sounds and the acoustic relationships between living organisms. The preservation of natural soundscapes is now recognised as a conservation goal. Soundscapes are composed of sound from different sources. Sounds from organisms like the chirping of birds or the buzz of bees create the biophony; those from non-biological sources like water flowing in streams, waves at the beach or the wind in the trees are the geophony, and those produced by humans such as language and music, the anthropophony. Increasingly, soundscapes are being dominated by a subset of anthropophony, or technophony, which is the increasing presence of electromechanical noise. The recorded soundscape provides a wealth of…

4 min
what’s hot right now

KAPOW CALIBRACHOA The plant: It would be virtually impossible to squeeze any more flowers onto a Calibrachoa when it’s in full bloom. So prolific are the blooms that it has earned the nickname ‘Million Bells’. This season, look out for Kapow Calibrachoas, which have a lovely trailing habit and come in a profusion of bright colours that go WHAM, BANG, KAPOW in your garden. Growing: Kapow Calibrachoas thrive in a sunny spot with good drainage, or grow them in a good-quality potting mix in decorative containers. Water and liquid-feed regularly throughout the growing season for masses of colourful blooms. Design: They grow to just 20–30cm tall with a lovely trailing habit, so they make colourful, cascading accents in your pots and hanging baskets. Or why not try them in garden beds and borders…

2 min
telling smell

The curious name of olive herb reflects the slightly olive-like smell and taste of this plant. The botanists, however, were commenting not on the fragrance, but the appearance of the narrow leaves when the species was named rosmarinifolia, which means this plant — or at least its leaves — looked like rosemary to the botanist who named it. To me, the narrow, finely toothed leaves look more like a green form of French lavender. This herb doesn’t really look much like rosemary and certainly looks nothing like olive. Olive herb forms a low, flat, soft mound of green leaves. It grows to about 30–50cm high and wide and in summer is likely to be a mass of round, bright-yellow flower heads. The flowers are highly attractive to insects, including bees, which…

2 min
the deadly daisy

Pyrethrum is a type of small daisy that is used to produce a natural insecticide also called pyrethrum, found in garden pesticides used to control aphids and other sap-sucking pests as well as caterpillars. It is also in fly sprays and is a contact spray. Although pyrethrum is a natural insecticide that’s not dangerous to humans or animals and is acceptable to organic gardening, it should be used with caution. As well as killing target pest species such as aphids or caterpillars, it can also kill beneficial insects such as bees. To avoid accidently killing other insects, apply pyrethrum insecticide in the early evening when bees and other beneficial insects have finished foraging for the day. It breaks down quickly in the environment so should be gone by the time the bees…