Wild sunflower may be useful as a way of reducing weevil attack. Mulch like this (below right in photos) used on top of the ground on a kaukau mound will
- reduce harmful effects of heavy rain – erosion may be reduced. Top soil is really valuable.
- reduce cracking of soil during hot sun. That means weevils will find it harder to damage the growing kaukau tubers.
- reduce weed seed germination.
Wild sunflower may well be useful as a means to reduce weevil damage – used as both a mulch on the soil surface and also as compost in the kaukau mound. Note the wild sunflower is known to accumulate Phosphorous – that’s good news for gardeners who don’t use store bought fertiliser.
Neem is a common insecticide rich tree in the lowlands around Port Moresby and has been used for thousands of years in India and elsewhere.