Welcome to my website. This website handles the overflow from 'Growing Organic Vegetables'. Both sites help you grow fabulous organic vegetables in a warm temperate climate using water saving methods. Both link to "Gardening with Ecobeds" providing detailed instructions on how to build your own sustainable Garden Ecobed and explaining how to get excellent results............John Ashworth 27th July 2015.
Chickpeas should be protected against slugs and snails using self adhesive copper
tape bonded around the base of your Ecobed.
these molluscs get into your Ecobed as eggs laid in your compost, kill
them with organically acceptable iron based snail pellets as soon as you
discover them. You should only need to use a small number of pellets.
Spray the chickpea's foliage with aerated compost tea every month to keep powdery mildew at bay.
solution of 1 part cows milk to 9 parts water also makes a reasonably
effective organic deterrent against powdery mildew. However, it needs
to be applied early before the fungi gets well established, and
frequently to keep the mildew in check.
As a last resort spray the plants foliage with organic Eco-fungicide.
applications of aerated compost tea boost the natural defences of plants
by colonising the leaf surfaces with beneficial microbes.
They defend the plant against airborne pests and diseases.
proper soil preparation including regular applications of home made
compost boosts the community of beneficial
microbes defending the plants roots against pathogens.
netting can be used to stop birds digging up worms in your Ecobed while
the plants are young, and takes the edge off hot sunshine with a 20%
shade factor. Remove the netting as soon as the chickpeas begin to flower
so pollinators can get good access to them.