The meeting was held at Pastoral Valley an eco farm and tourism site in Yaniklar.

The March meeting was held at Pastoral Valley where the owner, Ahmet Kizen, welcomed some 25 members to his organic farm and eco-tourism site.  A very helpful Turkish agricultural engineer, herself committed to organic growing, was on hand to answer questions and we now know what to buy to deal with:

Ants: brand name Thiovit – actually sulphur which should be sprinkled on the ground encircling areas where you don’t want ants.  They won’t cross the Thiovit.  Ahmet did point out that at Pastoral Valley they don’t do anything to ants.

Leaf curl on citrus/mites on grape vines: spray with either Laser or Rebound Insecticide.  These are both organic products and all products mentioned here can be bought from agricultural suppliers downtown.

Another question on how to find out Turkish names for plants resulted in the promise to post details of the only book available in Turkish and English:  ‘The Most Beautiful Wild Flowers of Turkey’ by Erdoğan Tekin.  Published in 2005 this lists over 1000 species, with photographs and names in Latin, Turkish and English.  It costs 70YTL (hardback) and can be obtained from the Natur bookshop near the Hayal Cinema in Fethiye.  ISBN number 975-458-628-4.  If they don’t have a copy in stock they will get it for you within a week.  And don’t be misled by the ‘wild flowers’ in the title.  Much of what grows wild here is purely grown in gardens in the UK.

Members were taken on a tour of Pastoral Valley starting with the plastic tunnel where vegetables and salads are started off in the winter then planted out at the end of March.  On to the sheep pen (organic manure) and the farm’s horse used for ploughing.  Chickens and ducks were then viewed as we entered the area devoted to wooden cottages on the riverbank where the Farm’s open air restaurant for guests is also located.  In the restaurant we were served tea and home-made cake and pastries (a big thank you to Ahmet’s mother) and Ahmet explained his interpretation of leading life based on ecologically sound principles.

The tour continued with a visit to one-storey houses built of mud-brick and finally two-storey wood and stone houses.  All accommodation at the Farm is for rent to visitors at very reasonable prices as can be seen on the website here – click for the English version when you get there.

Finally members were able to buy organic plants: myrtle, olive, liquidambar orientalis and strawberries.  Yet another excellent afternoon at the Gardening Club.

moonpig cards – personalised, printed and posted!