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Frequently Asked Questions

Vegetable Garden FAQ'S

There are so many benefits to NOT spraying your vegetables. By not spraying you allow Mother Nature to repair the biodiversity in the area therefor allowing biological control method’s to occur naturally. Pest infestation and disease only occur when plants are weak and there is an imbalance in the eco system. By regenerating the natural spectrum of pests you in fact allow Mother Nature, Gaia, to take care of things for you. So sit back and allow your organic garden to do all the dirty work for you.
Patios, Verandas, Court yards, windowsills, any small area can become a functional edible garden! If you have a space challenged area we can help you to grow vegetables and herbs even in your apparently limited circumstance. 
Growing vegetables that are in season is not only beneficial to your health but easy to do! Unfortunately some of the major nurseries don’t care what is actually in season, they make all plants available to purchase, often knowing very well you, the customer, will not have success. Do your research and get the seasonal variety’s correct before planting. Ask us what is in season today!
9/10 times the weakness is incorrect soil. This is the most critical step.
Don’t just rush out and purchase a bag of potting mix from the supermarket, This will not provide the adequate nutritional requirements for your seedlings. The situation you grow your vegetables in will depend on what soil should be recommended. Think this step out carefully before purchasing your plants. If you have any questions or concerns book in a Garden Doctor consultation service to day to give you a hand setting up for success!

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Ecoscaping FAQ's

Yes, If you have a business and want to offer your customers an edible edge then our edible and sensory gardens are for you. We can tailor a garden to the specific needs of your audience.
Yes, We love a clean slate to transform into a fully functional, edible paradise. We can create traditional looks with the added bonus of the garden giving you back food.
You should be applying organic water soluble foliar fertilizers as well as organic matter, compost or manure every two weeks. We recommend you apply your fertilizers in accordance to biodynamic gardening principles, by following the moon cycle. Apply your Foliar fertilizers in the waxing moon and the compost/manure in the waning moon. Regular fertilizing makes such a big difference to the health of the plants, they will be more pest and disease resistant, handle the heat better and provide you with nutritionally dense, immensely abundant harvests. 
Yes! Our experienced team can take care of all your back yard renovation needs.

 

Gardening With Kids FAQ's

Schools, Home Schools, Day Care Centers, School Holiday Programs ,Community groups,Councils, The Visibility Impaired, and Families.
We would like to be able to teach all Children from every group.
Our Children’s lessons are held at various public locations around Perth, Just subscribe to our events on Facebook or visit our calendar on the Events page to see if there is anything happening near you. We can also come to you and give your little ones a lesson right in the comfort of your own garden. If you are from a group and would be interested in having a lesson please contact us today.
Usually around 20 minutes depending of the age and size of the group.
Yes, hat, sunscreen and water, as well as gloves.
*They can also bring any gardening tools they own, although there will also be some available on the day.
Yes, we love to get our hands dirty, but usually there are not too many messy clothes!
3 onward. Children of all ages can experience the pleasure of gardening and growing their own food, instill the seed of vegetable gardening and teach your child to grow food for life.

 

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Garden Doctor FAQ's

Absolutely not, ever! By spraying your vegetables, you are not allowing mother nature’s biological control methods to naturally take place in your garden. You are also weakening the soil structure and the plants health leaving it more susceptible to further infestations. There is always an organic alternative!
Send us a picture! If you have any questions about the health of your organic vegetable garden contact us immediately. With just a bit of information and a few pictures we can (usually) figure out the problem and offer you an organic solution. It’s all just part of our friendly Garden Doctor Service!
Yes! Native plant species will attract pollinators and predatory pests and help create a balanced eco system in your back yard, therefore reducing the need for harmful chemicals and sprays. Try and select varieties that are endemic to your area. We can make recommendations of Native Plant Varieties as part of our Garden Doctor Visit.
You should be applying organic water soluble foliar fertilizers as well as organic matter, compost or manure every two weeks. We recommend you apply your fertilizers in accordance to biodynamic gardening principles, by following the moon cycle. Apply your Foliar fertilizers in the waxing moon and the compost/manure in the waning moon. Regular fertilizing makes such a big difference to the health of the plants, they will be more pest and disease resistant, handle the heat better and provide you with nutritionally dense, immensely abundant harvests. 
Our Garden Doctor service and all of our vegetable garden installation services include a special after care service that allows you to contact us after your visit with any questions or queries you may have. So don’t stress if you have a million questions and on the day you forget half of them, you can always email us after we have left.

 

Wicking Beds FAQ's

A wicking bed is a self-watering garden bed, built in a container at least 40cm deep. It is lined with plastic to create a reservoir that allows the plants to draw the water to the root zone where it is needed most. Conventional vegetable gardens beds are actually watered in an ineffective and wasteful manner. The plants require moisture most under the subsurface of the soil, conventional watering methods usually water the plants themselves and the top soil, leaving the plants susceptible to fungus and diseases. Wicking beds allow the water to be distributed to exactly where the plants need it most, without any waste.
Wicking bed systems were designed by Australian engineer Colin Austin. They are a permaculture concept which imitate the natural way in which plants receive water in nature, using the water table underneath the ground and the natural ‘wicking’ effect of soil.  As in all permaculture concepts it attempts as closely as possible to recreate mother natures, Gaia’s, flawless methods for growing plants effectively. 
Plants need carbon (CO2) to survive and to return oxygen back to us, but did you know that the soil can also store carbon? The argument here is that as we deplete our soils of nutrients we are also reducing its ability to hold and store carbon, which in turn can be redistributed back to the plants as nutrients.  The wicking bed is the perfect environment to allow this natural symbiosis to occur as they are high in the organic matter which allows that locking and storing of carbon emission to occur.
This will vary depending on the size and material used to make the wicking bed, as well as environmental factors such as weather conditions. Generally speaking, in summer you will only be watering your wicking bed 1 or 2 times a week. Water your wicking bed until you see water coming out of the overflow pipe. It may take a week or more for the wicking to work effectively on this period top watering is also recommend. Also in a Perth midsummer, on those really hot 35 plus days a slight top watering in the early morning is also advised. 
As a wicking bed is a closed watering system it is possible to over fertilize and create poor soil or salinity. Organic Foliar fertilizers only need to be applied monthly, and You only need to dress the soil with organic matter and mulch seasonally. It is also a good idea to fork or turn the top 30cm of soil to ensure it does not do sludgy or slimy at least once a year.

 

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We are very happy with the wonderful vegetable patch and fruit orchard that Gaias Organic Gardens did for us. Carla is so enthusiastic & explains all about the plants and how to use them. The whole family loves picking our produce and it’s saved us lots of money too. Would highly recommend Gaias Organic Gardens to anyone looking to grow their own food.
Mairead O’Reilly