Pest Control

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...

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How to control Scale insects organically

How to control Scale insects organically

How do you control Scale insects organically? Pests are a natural part of gardening, whether we like it or not! Depending on the season and the weather, your garden can suffer from caterpillars, scale insects, mealy-bug, grasshoppers and a myriad of other insect...

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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...

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Companion Planting in Australia

Companion Planting in Australia

Why use Companion Planting in Australia? I was reading a blog the other day that said that companion planting was a gardening concept that worked a treat in the northern hemisphere, but not so well down here in Australia. This made me wonder what was meant by this...

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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...

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Can you compost dog poop?

Can you compost dog poop?

Can you compost dog poop? Conventional wisdom says that you should not compost dog poop as the poop can contain pathogens that can get into the soil. And I certainly would not want to add dog poop to my compost bin, mainly because of the smell and the possibility of...

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