Oranges & lemons ……. A must have in any organic garden Citrus must be the juiciest, fresh and health giving fruit on the earth. The gardener can choose from a wide variety, or have a tree of each – Oranges, Grapefruits, Lemons and easy peelers like Naartjies, Minneola’s, Satsumas, Kumquats, Pomelo’s and the list just goes […]
A Perfect Match Roses and vegetables are an obvious pairing for so many reasons. Roses and vegetables have a history of being grown together, and roses have much to offer as companion plants. They attract pollinators, shade tender vegetables, support twining veggies and add that extra special ingredient – beauty! Roses and veggies also fit […]
Problem-Free Sweet Peppers If you find it easy to grow chillies and wonder why you don’t have the same success with sweet peppers, here’s the answer. Sweet peppers have a weaker root system, which makes them sensitive to a whole host of problems: overwatering, nutrient deficiencies, damping off, viruses that cause deformed fruit, and more. […]
Companion Planting for Pest Control: Companion planting has a long tradition in organic gardening practice. The principle behind companion planting is that certain plants either enhance each other’s growth or help control pests when planted close together. There are also plants that enrich the soil. In addition, companion planting increases bio-diversity in our gardens, by […]
Red Spider Mites: Summer sees a proliferation of red spider mites on a host of different crops and ornamentals in the garden. They breed and spread rapidly, are difficult to detect, and require perseverance and persistence to control them once they have established themselves. Look out for telltale signs of infestation – discolouration of the […]
Harvester Termites: Harvester termites can do serious damage to lawns in particular and flower beds because they feed on dead and living plants like grasses, leaves, twigs and seedlings and a single queen can lay up to 25 000 eggs per day. They form subterranean tunnels which in seriously infected areas become interconnected in a […]
Mealybug: Mealybugs are tiny oval-shaped insects that feed on plant material and will infect most of the host plant if not controlled. You will usually find the tiny insects on the underside of leaves and stems and they can be identified by the white powder coating that look like many legs. They suck on the […]
About Aphids: Half of the battle with any insect pests in the garden is firstly finding or observing them before they wreak complete havoc. The next challenge is to identify them correctly, before you can finally find the most effective way of eradicating or controlling them. Some insect pests are large and mobile, others are […]
Herbs are an organic gardener’s best resource, especially when it comes to preparing the garden for summer. Quite a number of herbs are a valuable source of nutrition for the soil, helping to improve its quality, others act as insect repellents or as trap crops.
Like many other leaf-eating caterpillars, the bagworm falls under the order Lepidoptera and its adult stage is a moth.