Using Phosphorus Sustainably in Gardens

It is widely known that root vegetables need phosphorus to grow well, but is it so widely known that phosphorus supplies may be dwindling and that…

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Aphids

Hi, my name is: Aphid. If you would like to know more about how to control aphids, read this interview with me: Describe yourself: I'm a real softy,…

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Queensland Fruit Fly Prevention

QFF depositing eggs in a tomato. Photo: J. Newman, M. Schultz Queensland Fruit Fly prevention is becoming more important.  are tropical Queensland…

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White Curl Grub

Hi, my name is: White Curl Grub (cockchafer in the southern states) Describe yourself: Well, I’m white and, as my name suggests, kinda curly (more C…

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Earwigs

Earwigs are striking little numbers, about 12-20mm in length. They are smooth, shiny, dark chocolate brown, with sensational pale yellow legs,…

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Pea Blight

Bacterial disease such as pea blight can be tricky to diagnose since bacteria aren't visible to the human eye; in fact they can only be seen under…

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Is Biochar “Wonderstuff”?

Biochar has been hailed as a useful contributor to reducing the world’s increasing carbon emissions since it stores carbon in the soil1 . It has also…

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Garden Predators

There are plenty of garden critters that are useful predators of plant pests, and SGA encourages home gardeners to reduce their chemical use, in…

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Regenerative Gardening = Sustainable Gardening

Some people say that the place to be in gardening is no longer just in sustainability - it’s being regenerative. But isn't that where SGA been all…

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Garden like a Natural Farmer

Who is the best person to advise how to grow food naturally? A Natural Farmer of course! They grow food for a living and if they get it wrong they…

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Good Flies

Not all flies are bad!  We are used to being concerned when we see a blowfly, thinking it carries disease, or being annoyed by those pesky common…

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Early Blight of Tomatoes

Hi, my name is: Early Blight of Tomatoes Describe yourself: I'm a saucy little fungal disease with a real thing for the leaves of tomato plants!…

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Codling Moth

If you want to protect your apple or pear trees prepare for this pest! He introduces himself here: Hi, my name is: Codling Moth Describe yourself:…

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Gall (of Australian Native Trees)

Hi, my name is: Gall (of Australian Native Trees) Describe yourself: I guess some people would describe me as an abnormal growth on plant parts, but…

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Carbon Emissions from Gardening

In a previous article we explored ways that gardeners can lock up carbon in the soil.  Although increasing soil carbon is important, it doesn’t…

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