So this is my rocket and mint…. got the mint from ikea!! and the rocket from Bunnings in Preston. Pot for the mint was from ikea as well, supposed to be one of those self watering pots but the funnel/false bottom (for keeping the plants watered) has been useless IMHO! the rocket is planted in a $2 shop plastic punch bowl (bought at the Flemington shops in the mall). Potting mix was herb/vege potting mix on special from Bunnings in Preston, not sure of the brand though. Don’t think it was the organic one as I was looking at price. This is truly plants on a budget!!
I will post current pics this weekend of the garden so you can see how big these have gotten in the past month, plus pics of my other plants so far. This way I can share and journal how they are growing at the same time! Multi-tasking – Love it.
My biggest issue at the moment is SLUGS and SNAILS!!! My rocket is pretty darn tasty and the little critters are LOVING their dusk snacking on my rocket. I asked around and the options I found was this:
- egg shells – cooked eggs/dried out/ground up and scattered on soil around base of plants – apparently they don’t like to crawl over the sharp shells
- also suggested to go on the soil for the same reasons – wood ash from a fire, coffee grounds (apparently has good nutrients for soil too)
- 50=50 vinegar water mix, sprayed on the leaves – makes leaves taste bad
- garlic spray – garlic in water soaked for a few days to distill then sprayed on leaves – same as above
- other spray variations – chilli, soap, onion, or a combination
- vasoline/petroleum jelly spread around the rim – slugs/snails can’t attach themselves to the pot
- make a collar for the pot that is wide enough so that the slug/snail cannot get into the pot
- salt on the ground at the base of the tub –
- beer in a saucer/shallow tray to lure snails/slugs in who then drown in the tasty liquid
- beer in a secret hidden container buried into the soil nearby with holes for snails/slugs to crawl into and then get trapped/drown
- companion planting