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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Roses, Salvias and Sustainability

In Glen Waverley, Melbourne, a committed gardener has created what many might view as a fairly traditional garden – white picket fence and roses –…

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Dedication to Productivity and Recycling

The first in SGA's series of Sustainable Open Gardens and Tours, Zofia's garden in Mt. Waverley, is an examplar of productivity and aesthetics with…

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Insect Hotels

Supporting Biodiversity?  or just Garden Art? Ever wondered where all those bugs go in the winter or when it rains? They don’t pack their bags and…

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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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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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Bees & their role in your garden

EUROBEEAN and SKIPBEES... who’s who in the hive? Without honey bees, many of our crops don’t produce, or they produce very poorly. Honey bees…

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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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Bees (Good & Bad)

Are there bad bees? You bet. Since arriving in Australia about ten years ago, the bumblebee (Large Earth Bumblebee - Bombus terrestris) from North…

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Spiders

Arachnids are not categorised as insects mainly because they have eight legs instead of six (although mites do have a six-legged stage during their…

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