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is there anyone who can teach me how to grow [...]

London, Greater London
via The Full Circle Project
is there anyone who can teach me how to grow vegetables without using chemicals? My plants have been attacked by aphids severely.....
Sunday 23 August 2015, 14:41:39
Thank you! I quickly read through and am amazed that there are more information in that web.
I think i'm gonna try. Thank you so much.
Sunday 23 August 2015, 14:48:38
Hello Naoko I use Neem oil (Azadirachta indica) on my plants. It is completely natural and used in India for years (before Monsanto came in ). You can attract lady bugs to your garden, some plants do attract them too, they will eat the aphids...
Sunday 23 August 2015, 15:11:58
Hello Peony thank you for your advice! i tried soap water, but didn't seem to work at all. it broke my heart to see marigold and sweet pea were suffering. i definitely need more knowledge to do all sorts of things! again, thank you so much for your kindness.
Sunday 23 August 2015, 15:33:16
Naoko, perhaps you could research a little into 'companion planting'. You can safely protect your vegetables by planting certain companion plants close to them that will deter the insects. Some useful information and a nice chart here my friend:…
Sunday 23 August 2015, 15:49:21
Sunday 23 August 2015, 15:51:07
Naoko, yes, Companion planting is a good start. I've been using "no till" gardening, organic gardening and also a bit of Premaculture as well. You want to get your soil tested in a laboratory for nutrition. Then you'll know what to add to it for successful production. Good luck!
Sunday 23 August 2015, 16:09:52
daniel, thanks! the book "teaming with microbes" taught me "no till" gardening as well.
Sunday 23 August 2015, 16:42:09
Sunday 23 August 2015, 16:42:14
listen to this guy! He is FANTASTIC! Listen soon though...before Wed. or you will have to become a member to listen.…
Monday 24 August 2015, 02:11:33
p.s. You will definitely want to take notes!
Monday 24 August 2015, 02:12:03
Jan4Peace, thank you so much! will listen to him. I am a beginner gardener and i decided to put my energy in my little back garden which my landlady allows me to do, all input is welcome. Everyone in here is so kind. Really appreciate you all.:)
Monday 24 August 2015, 07:51:16
You're very welcome Naoko! Best to you and your gardening!
Monday 24 August 2015, 12:04:35
...I 'hear' ya....about the aphids...try this. I had grasshoppers eating I covered ALL my planters with fabric, netting, fairly 'fine' keep the 'little dears' out. The plants are fine and the 'hoppers occasionally 'sit' on the netting...peering in at the foliage...and looking perplexed.
It beats DDT and Roundup though and the hoppers' can ...move to another garden if they choose. Belle
Tuesday 25 August 2015, 00:44:06
Oh, thank you Belle, that's a good idea. you don have to worry about weeds either. thanks!
Tuesday 25 August 2015, 08:41:13
Can I ask a question regarding gardening, again? The garden is so tiny, but I would like to plant fruit tree, which tree you recommend? In the morning, half shade, in the afternoon, sun shines and it's a corner between another flat wall and the next door neighbor's fence. sorry, i don't think this explains the garden very well.... anyway, have a good day, all!
Tuesday 25 August 2015, 08:48:29
I am not sure if I can help you on that one because I do not know your garden and I live in a completely different area, but I know that some trees need a lot of space for their roots for example so they can eat the ground you need for the other plants, be carefull. I found this site it gives you good advices to choose your fruit tree:… Have a great time in your garden, give love to the plants they will return it to you :)
Tuesday 25 August 2015, 13:39:56
Oh Peony, thank you so much. I would like to go for a dwarf apple tree cause I am seeing a lot of apple trees in someone else' garden and I really envy them! Thank you.
Tuesday 25 August 2015, 19:35:33
you are very welcome Naoko. (I meant the roots will not eat the ground the other plants need sorry.) Apple trees grow well where you live. And by the way neem has been accepted in France for treating apple trees
Wednesday 26 August 2015, 12:41:50
Jo B
Hi Naoko, sorry I'm coming in a bit late to this, but I planted a small blackcurrant bush in a fairly large pot in my (tiny) back garden 3 years ago in autumn. It is now enormous and I've had to replant it in a bigger pot. The first year we only had a few blackcurrants from it but this year we had at least 2-3 kg. It needs very little looking after except watering well in summer and some organic feed, and doesn't seem to attract insects. A friend tells me that blueberries are very easy to grow in a pot too. Good luck with your garden.
Wednesday 2 September 2015, 11:32:21
Hi Jo B, thank you for sharing your experience, it's very important cause the garden is very tiny and not well developed. I am a very beginner gardener. I really appreciate you and everyone's kind advice. I'm going to look into which tree will suit me and the garden.
Thank you.
Wednesday 2 September 2015, 21:49:02
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