Jun 152017

Read more or donate (even $5) to kick-start SGA’s Australia-first project to enable safer choices for people and nature


SGA wants to turn its independent database of 1000+ chemical garden products into an App which shows their safety for all Australians and their environment including beneficial insects, birds, aquatic life, pets and other non-target organisms.  The database has been developed by volunteer chemists, biochemists and toxicologists.  NO FUNDS HAVE BEEN ASKED FOR OR ACCEPTED FROM PRODUCT MANUFACTURERS!

The world is awash with over 80,000 chemicals that humans manufactured!

In Australia many of the sprays and other products to control garden pests, weeds and diseases are potentially harmful – some e.g. glyphosate the popular weed-killer, have been linked with diseases including cancer.

Chemical pollution is believed to play a significant role in the increase of species extinction rates.  Pyrethrum, a popular insecticide, harms many beneficial insects and widely sold neonicotinoid insecticides are believed to be responsible for declining honey bee populations.

Even many fertilisers are harmful through pollution of waterways and failure to improve soil structure.

The average gardener does not know how safe or risky these garden products are!

Limited information on product labels is hard to interpret and doesn’t allow easy comparison with other products and we don’t know how many chemicals have been rigorously tested and received detailed assessment.  Even worse, we know little about effects of accumulation of small amounts of a large number of chemicals.

At SGA we are going to make that information readily available so everyone can see which products are safe and which are risky.

To donate and spread the word about this project, check out these links:

Articles in the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age
Our video
Crowdfunding campaign
Twitter post 1 for retweeting
Another Twitter post for retweeting
Facebook post for sharing

May 262017

Ok, it’s official, winter is upon us. And while it may seem easier to curl up on the couch with a cup of tea and a good book, it is the perfect time to get amongst it in the patch! There is a sense of hibernation for a lot of us but wherever you are in this nation it’s time to don the boots and get to it. Continue reading »

May 262017

Hi, my name is:

Garden Snail

Describe yourself: Like most of the snails in your garden I’m a foreigner to this land. I am a bit of a nomad, travelling light and taking my shelter with me. But, rest assured, when I get to your place, if conditions are good, I tend to stay for a while. Some people say I’m slimy, but I reckon you should make up your own mind on that. I’m related to Slug and he pretty much does what I do in your garden but he doesn’t call a shell home! He’s a bit of an exhibitionist and you should see what he gets up to with his missus!!!! Continue reading »

Apr 272017

While the southern parts of Australia have donned winter pyjamas and flannelette sheets, the northern states are still revelling in warm, and mostly sunny autumn days. Regardless of the conditions in your little patch of paradise, there is still loads to do this month. Get set for those produce plants that need the cooler weather to grow. Continue reading »

Apr 272017

What’s in a seed? A seed contains the blueprint or instructions to produce a new plant. Traditionally all seeds were open-pollinated. That is, the pollen from the anther (male part of the flower) entered the stigma and travelled to the ovary (female part of the flower).  Fertilisation occurred and seeds were formed with or without fruit.  There are many forms of fertilisation but this is the basic concept.

Over time we have seen desirable features in plants – its flowers or fruit, hardiness or appearance – and have sought to improve them to create more desirability.  Different types of seed have been developed for many given plants.  In this article we are seeking to explain what these differences are and what they mean for you. Continue reading »

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