Worms – wriggly wonder workers

worm tower

worm tower

By Karen Retra
Did you notice all the worms out during the recent rain? Earthworms are great at breaking down organic matter. Their movement underground also helps to aerate the soil. Plus worm castings contain nutrients plants can easily access. Worm activity even increases the soil’s water holding capacity and improves drainage. In short, worms are wonder workers in a garden. Continue reading

First gathering for 2015: fruit fly a hot topic

Small but distinctive ... and with a huge potential to wreak havoc in the garden. It's a fruit fly.

Small but distinctive … and with a huge potential to wreak havoc in the garden. It’s a fruit fly.

Thanks to those who made it along to our first gathering for 2015 in February. We had an enjoyable evening chatting about summer seed collecting, and many attendees took the opportunity to deposit or take home some seed from our seed bank.

Our discussions as to members’ observations of the recent season in the garden were dominated by comments, questions and reflections on fruit fly (yes again, or is that still?!).

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