Category Archives: pests

September Garden Guide

Happy start to Spring! The last few days have offered some really warm sunshine to bring the bees to the blossoms and to accelerate growth. This winter was warmer than average, and although it started out unseasonably dry, we’ve now … Continue reading

Posted in fertiliser, Food, maintenance, pests, planting, propagating, seedlings, soil, spring, vegetables, water

May Garden Guide

So much for the dry start to autumn – I think we’ve caught up with our rain allocation! What a lovely time for planting, with the soil still warm enough for strong growth too. There are a lot of bugs … Continue reading

Posted in autumn, chooks, compost, Food, hanging out in the garden, maintenance, pests, planting, vegetables, vertical gardens, wildlife

Bugs in the garden getting you down?

Sophie Thomson’s witty, warm and wise approach brought some organic balance to the subject when she spoke to home gardeners at the Botanic Gardens of Adelaide this week. The basic principle we need to understand, she explained, is whether a … Continue reading

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Recycled Plant Labels (aka “The Sleepless Gardener”)

In a fair and just world I’d be sleeping right now, but for some reason when my 4y.o. son wakes me up in the middle of the night, he gets straight back to sleep while I don’t. If I’m still … Continue reading

Posted in pests, planting, recycling, vegetables

Keep it manageable

One of the 12 design principles described by David Holmgren is use small and slow solutions. It’s a concept we could easily forget in a fast-paced world, where energy-dense fuel and ready streams of credit promise us that we can … Continue reading

Posted in fertiliser, permaculture design, pests, raised garden beds, resilient gardening, time management

Making the most of spring rain

What a great opportunity this week to give those hard-working fruit trees a boost. Good, soaking spring rain is ideal for delivering balanced nutrition, helping along fruit size and flavour while improving trees’ resistance to pests and diseases. While hail … Continue reading

Posted in citrus, clay, fertiliser, fruit, pests, planting, spring, water