Beneficial Insects

Powdery Mildew

Powdery Mildew

What's that white powdery substance on my plants leaves? I had a query recently asking what a white powdery substance was on a grape leaf? They actually said "it looks like powdery mildew, but it's not on zucchini"! It looked like powdery mildew because it was powdery...

read more
Native Bees and Backyard Buddy’s for Your Garden

Native Bees and Backyard Buddy’s for Your Garden

Did you know that there are over 1500 types of native bees in Australia? I raise this as many gardeners reach for chemical poisons to deal with insect and pest invasions. They do this without thinking these poisons also affect the native bees and honey bees! Bees are...

read more
Good Bugs for the Vegetable Garden

Good Bugs for the Vegetable Garden

Did you know that there are good bugs we need to survive? I raise this as many gardeners reach for chemical poisons to deal with insect and pest invasions. They do this without thinking these poisons also affect the good bugs! This was demonstrated following the...

read more
What is a safe garden poison?

What is a safe garden poison?

I am often asked if I can recommend "a really strong poison/pesticide/weedicide". This poison needs to "kill the ants/lawn grubs/cockroaches/spiders/weeds etc that are causing problems in my garden".  That's fine, but then they ask for the poison to "be safe for my...

read more
The Meaning of Flowers and Plants

The Meaning of Flowers and Plants

The meaning of flowers Meaning of flowers? We all know that different flowers have different meanings. During Victorian times a couple could communicate with each other just by the flowers they chose to give each other. It was like a secret message and part of the...

read more
The Difference between Compost Worms and Earthworms

The Difference between Compost Worms and Earthworms

What is the Difference between Compost Worms and Earthworms? I was recently asked whether the compost worms in your compost bin are the same as earthworms. The person in question had just started a garden, and the soil in the area was very poor. This meant that it was...

read more