be a keen gardener, however on arrival in Portugal your
Portuguese neighbours will no doubt be watching your
every move to see how adept you are. In no time they
will be letting you in on some of their secrets to keep
your garden looking tip top and free from predators keen
to munch on your greenery.
Below are a few tips
passed on from our neighbours, however if you have any
tips or tricks for keeping your garden looking great,
let us know at Gekkoportugal and we will feature them
Rid of Brambles (Silves)
Although there are a wide variety of weed killers
available in Portugal specifically designed to kill off
this persistent, climbing fruit bush, none is more
effective than Diesel.
Mixed with water, diesel kills off the roots of the
blackberry bush, which can and does grow out of control
in untended gardens. The diesel effectively dries out
the roots and after around four days the bramble bushes
can be pulled out easily.
Keeping Slugs off Orange Trees
|A good way to keep
slugs off your orange trees, is to leave the peel of an
orange at the base. the logic behind this we don't know,
but it works and keeps the pesky blighters away.
|Although bark chippings
are used in the UK and other European countries to keep
the weeds down in Portugal, they are used to keep the
soil beneath moist. In the hottest months of the year,
your garden will get dried out quickly and using either
bark chippings of small stones to cover the soil around
your prized plants will ensure the soil retains water.