Welcome to my website about growing ornamental plants organically. Few gardens work well without flowering plants, and in an organic garden where insect activity is encouraged, they are vital. My flowering plants bring pleasure by filling the air with wonderful fragrances and stimulate the senses with their beauty............................................John Ashworth 26th December 2015.
I use aerated compost tea
as a foliar spray on all my ornamental plants. It strengthens foliage and provides a biological barrier to plant pathogens.
As a last resort use bacillus thuringiensis (Dipel in Australia) as a foliar spray it becomes a potent (organically
certified) killer of caterpillars. When ingested by leaf eating caterpillars it kills them by
releasing toxins into their gut. They stop feeding and die within a few
foliar sprays of aerated compost tea boosts the natural defences of
plants by colonising the leaf surfaces with beneficial microbes.
These microbes defend the plant against airborne pests and diseases.
proper soil preparation including annual applications of home made
compost boosts the community of beneficial
microbes, which defend the plant's roots against pathogens.