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089: More Things You Don’t Need to Buy with Robert Pavlis

089: More Things You Don't Need to Buy with Robert Pavlis

In this episode we catch up with author, blogger, teacher, YouTuber and Master Gardener Robert Pavlis! We have a great conversation about things you don’t need to buy, and Robert also talks about his next book (coming late December 2019) that’s all about soil science.

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3 Responses to 089: More Things You Don’t Need to Buy with Robert Pavlis

  1. Matt Turner says:

    Great episode! Mr.Pavlis is a wealth of information.
    I thought it might be important to note, regarding your discussion on ants, that Borax is also an herbicide so it has to be used very carefully. It is very effective at eliminating ant colonies but I would be hesitant to use it in a garden.
    When a recent soil test revealed that my soil was low in boron, I asked the lab at the University of Maine if I could use Borax to correct it. Their recommendation was to use kelp meal instead because Borax was very difficult to apply at the correct rate. The maximum I could add was 1/2 lb per 1000 square feet.

    Love the show! I never miss an episode

  2. Diane Tibert says:

    Interesting talk. It’s the first pod cast I listened to. As a long-time gardener, one who worked at various garden centres over the years, I appreciate the “you don’t need to buy this” knowledge. I have three comments.

    1) Hay: Hay carries lots of seeds of various weeds (I also live in Nova Scotia, so can only speak of our hay, which is harvested at various times of the year). I will never use it on my garden unless it is well-composted (because it’s soiled bedding hay). Before we got hay-eating animals, I recognised most of the weeds in my field. After 9 years of bringing in hay from various locations, there are weeds I’ve never seen before growing in my pastures. Some are quite strange. I know some use hay and have no problems, but I’ve got enough problems with bindweed and a wild Rugosa rose that I don’t need more. So hay is not an option.

    2) Ants: I hate them, and I kill them. Not only do they disturb the beds of small plants, several times they’ve created colonies on my larger trees and protected aphids from lady bugs. As you may know, aphids produce a sweet-honey-like substance from sucking the life out of plants, and ants will harvest if given the chance. If you see a line of ants going up and down a tree trunk, you’ll know they’re harvesting aphid ‘honey’. While they may not directly kill the tree/plant, their activity usually inhibits vigourous growth because of their allowance of aphid damage.

    3) CO2: It’s the gas of life, and we need more of it not less. Higher CO2 means a greener planet.

    • Greg Auton says:

      Thanks for listening. Hay does carry weed seeds, but they are easy to manage with a few simple tricks, and it does wonders for the soil so it’s worth using if you can get it for free. Here’s video that I did about the weedy hay issue :


      Agreed – they do protect the aphids – but if you deal with aphids the ants move on to other things. The aphids are the problem, not the ants. The ants are beneficial insects for the most part (except the ones that can sting you bad. 🙂

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