Jul 272017

Get on board with those who have already donated and are helping us reach our target!  But there is still a way to go!

Read more or donate (even $5) to SGA’s Australia-first project to help all Australians make safer choices for people and nature when they buy garden chemical products


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

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

Jul 272017

Cool clear nights, frosty mornings and plenty of rain can only mean one thing, it is August. Travelling around my home town I have already seen the first spring blossom and the jonquils are splashing the dull browns and greys with colour. Here are some top gardening tips for your place in the month of August.

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Jul 272017

Everything you need to know about bare root fruit trees

As the weather gets colder, it’s ever so tempting to stay inside, and curl up by the fire with a glass of wine and your media of choice. However, winter is a top time in the garden, especially if you are planning on planting some fruit trees to feed you for years to come. And while this can seem daunting (and somewhat unappealing in chilly weather), edible trees are a must have in every productive patch, and winter is the time to get down and dirty with deciduous fruit trees. The following guide contains everything you need to know about picking, pruning, planting and pampering beaut fruit trees! It’s time to whack on the winter woolies, and get amongst it!  Continue reading »

Jun 252017

When you look outside this time of year the last thing you feel like doing is standing out in the cold, wet and windy weather, especially if you live in the cooler areas. Don’t let this put you off. There is so much to do in the garden and a lot more to do in the garden shed. Get off the couch and put on the thermals, the beanie, a coat and your gumboots and warm yourself up with some winter garden love.

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