Reducing Weed Spread

"Garden plants are the biggest source of weeds in this country totalling 70% of Australia’s combined agricultural, noxious and natural ecosystem…

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Why Sustainable Gardening?

Some people might ask why SGA talks about sustainable gardening rather than just gardening. The fact is that horticulture in the hands of home…

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Pesticides in Fruit and Vegetables

We are all aware that fruit and veggies produced commercially, unless they are certified organic, have been exposed to pesticides at some stage in…

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Locking up Carbon in Soil

Messages about addressing climate change mostly focus on decreasing carbon dioxide emissions by reducing use of electricity and gas and increasing…

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Neem

Neem products are sold for a variety of uses. In the garden, some people hail neem oil spray as a wonder pesticide.   It  has also found its way into…

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Why does SGA rate so few Weedicides as Low Environmental Impact?

Weeds seem to grow anywhere and everywhere. When they turn up in our gardens, competing for nutrients in soil and filling all available gaps, it is…

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Citrus Gall Wasp

  Citrus Gall Wasp Many of our more persistent garden pests are not native to Australia but citrus gall wasp is definitely an Aussie grown garden…

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Worm Wicking – One Year On

Last August, I wrote an article for SGA about my first attempt at a Sustainable Wicking Worm Bed.   For details see…

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Peach Leaf Curl

Peach leaf curl is a virulent and resistant fungal disease that appears on the leaves of fruit trees in early spring. As the fungus Taphrina…

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Bee Alert and Bee Very Alarmed!

Some good news from the European Union this week where a two year restriction on the use of neonicotinoid chemicals, the world’s most used…

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Powdery Mildew

A warm summer evening, a little bit of moisture, a shady spot in the garden – sounds like a recipe for powdery mildew!  Powdery Mildew is a warm…

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Whitefly

Though they look like tiny white flies or moths theses little sap suckers are a relative of aphids and mealy bugs.   You know Whitefly has moved into…

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Worms and Worm Farms

So, most of us have had a pet of some sort over the course of our lives, our pets bring us joy, love, laughter, and good times. But imagine owning…

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Blossom End Rot

Hi, my name is: Blossom End Rot Describe yourself: Firstly, let me just say that I am not a disease, a fungus, a virus or any of that! I am a…

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Weeds: Not in my backyard – Video

Prevent a triffid-style invasion of the worst kinds of weeds. Plants taking over your garden and worse, escaping into our natural areas to create…

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Aphids (Inside a Colony)

Being an enthusiastic gardener, I welcome spring with open arms and can't wait to get out into the garden to watch it come to life. And it's not…

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Noxious Weed – Hawthorn

Crataegus monogyna This noxious weed is prohibited entry into Western Australia and is regionally controlled in Victoria and South Australia where it…

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Biodynamic Community Farm

Tucked away in the lush southwest corner of Western Australia is Gardenup, a biodynamic farm, in the town of Boyup Brook. But it's not just any…

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Mites

Mites undergo incomplete metamorphosis. They hatch from eggs into six-legged larvae. They then molt and emerge as eight-legged nymphs, which molt…

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Caterpillars

Hi, my name is: Caterpillar Describe yourself: I am a child star, and appear in a really well known children's book! It's true, I am very hungry,…

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