Pests and Diseases

Pests: Natures Own Repellents

Nature’s Own Repellents

February 28, 2023 9:18 pm Published by

We can reduce our dependency on insecticides by using natural plants to control pests. With the current crop of scientific…

Fruit Flies: A Nose For Trouble

November 22, 2022 11:15 am Published by

Home fruit trees like citrus, mango and avocados are irresistible to fruit flies. Unfortunately, once they arrive, they’re extremely difficult…

Powdery Mildew

March 18, 2022 3:32 pm Published by

Powdery mildew is easy to identify and is one of the oldest fungal diseases known to man. The infection will…


Cabbage Patch Aphids

May 12, 2021 8:19 pm Published by

A few weeks back I was happily inspecting the cabbages, kale and broccolis in the office garden. ‘Flip, they’re looking…


Pest Watch: Whiteflies

November 9, 2020 9:40 pm Published by

If you’re doing your daily inspection of your veggie garden and find an infestation of little white insects on the…

Bad Veggie Neighbours

September 22, 2019 11:03 am Published by

While some plants thrive next to each other (beans and tomatoes, for example), other plant combinations lead to nothing but…

Earthworm Value

March 16, 2018 1:03 pm Published by

The value of earthworms Charles Darwin, one of the world’s greatest naturalists, spent many years studying earthworms. He concluded that…

Brassica Troubleshooting Guide

January 23, 2018 2:35 pm Published by

As families go, the brassicas are demanding and temperamental, especially if they’re expected to perform outside their comfort zone (which…

Earthworm Rescue

January 22, 2018 2:38 pm Published by

Earthworms to the Rescue! The best way to convert organic kitchen waste into a power tonic for your plants and…


A Perfect Match

January 17, 2018 8:31 am Published by

Roses and vegetables are an obvious pairing for so many reasons. Roses and vegetables have a history of being grown…


Superb Celery

January 15, 2018 2:27 pm Published by

Before 2019 celery was an elusive vegetable that appeared in the occasional salad or disguised in a chef’s mirepoix. But…


Prized Pumpkins

January 15, 2018 2:13 pm Published by

Prized Pumpkins Pumpkins are the big daddy of vegetables, and they certainly like to ramble. Although not ideal for small…

Sweet Peppers

January 15, 2018 12:04 pm Published by

Capsicum annuum is the best-known domesticated species of pepper in the world and contains a huge number of varieties including…


Potted Tomatoes

September 4, 2015 6:40 am Published by

One of the joys of growing tomatoes in pots is that they do so well, and if the pots can…


September 2, 2015 8:29 am Published by

Early December presents the last chance in the season to plant both the hot and the sweet capsicums, so whether…

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