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Fruit Fly

Plant Hospital- Fruit Fly #pest #citrus #garden #aboutthegarden

If you’ve ever grown fruit of any kind, especially during spring and summer, you will know that fruit fly can be a real nuisance. However there is an easy solution to help control these pesky insects.   Fruit Fly damage  Here in our hot climate, fruit flies cause a lot of fruit loss from stinging the fruit. It is actually ... Read More »

Flower Lotto Game

Game kids #flower #lotto #aboutthegarden

Did you know that in the olden days, children use to play a special flower card matching game, which was a mix between snap & bingo. The owner of this beautiful set, Mrs Beth Craddock shared with us how to play the game: “My greatest treasure is this flower lotto set. It’s very old — I got it in 1942 ... Read More »

Citrus Gall Wasp – insects on plants

Citrus Gall Wasp #desease #citrus #garden #aboutthegarden

The gall wasp causes swollen lumps in the young stems and branches. The female wasp lays her eggs in the young, soft twigs and as the wasp larvae develop, the plant grows extra cells around the wound. The result is a distorted lump in the branch. The wasps lay their eggs from spring to summer, but the galls are generally ... Read More »

Citrus Leafminer – insects on plants

citrus leaf miner #pests #garden #aboutthegarden

The presence of Citrus leafminer can be identified by the silvery lines it leaves on leaves. These are the tunnels left by the larvae as it ‘mines’ its way through the insides of the leaf. When the larvae are fully grown, they curl the leaf edges and shelter inside the curled section and emerge as adult moths. Leafminers can cause a ... Read More »

How to Grow Pawpaw

how to grow prefect pawpaw.indd

Pawpaws are like a gift from the gods! Easily grown in home gardens, their delicious, sweet flesh can be enjoyed at the breakfast table for most of the year. Native to southern Mexico and central America, pawpaw flourishes in the tropics and subtropics where individual trees can be productive for up to 6 years. Which sex to buy? Pawpaw trees ... Read More »

4 Solutions for common indoor plant problems

Four solutions to- common indoor plant problems #Red #flower #table #talkers #plants  #garden #aboutthegarden copy

SYMPTOM 1 – Leaves yellowing with margins Possible cause – Soil too dry Solution – Water thoroughly. If brown or dense tips and potting mix does not absorb water, apply Searles Penetraide® Re-Wetting Granules and water again. SYMPTOM 2 – Leaves gradually pale into yellow and brown, particularly on side nearest to light/window. Possible cause – Too bright/direct Solution – Sun scorch or light Relocate plant ... Read More »

SeaMax Fish & Kelp

SeaMax Fish & Kelp Searles Healthy Organic Gardens

If you love organic gardening products than you can’t go past Searles SeaMax® Fish & Kelp. Not only does SeaMax® Fish & Kelp fertilise plants, it’s helps to resist insect and fungal attacks PLUS assists in reducing plant shock when transplanting, giving your plants the best start in the garden. Benefits of SeaMax® Fish & Kelp: BFA Registered. 100% Organic ... Read More »

Cheerful Sunflowers

How to grow- Cheerful Sunflower #plant #garden #aboutthegarden

Sunflowers are the most cheerful of flowers and make you feel like smiling when they open up to greet the sun. They are a great flower for little gardeners as they’re easy to grow, require little care and feel overwhelming when your under 100cm tall! When & where to plant To give your sunflowers the best start, prepare the garden ... Read More »

Scale – insects on plants

Scale on citrus #desease #garden #aboutthegarden

Scale are sap-sucking insects which commonly affect home grown citrus, natives, roses, flowers and ornamental shrubs. In severe infestations, the foliage is covered by a sooty black mould. This is because the scale insect secretes a sugary substance that causes the sooty mould to blossom over the foliage. The sooty mould looks terrible but is not an active threat other ... Read More »

Aphids – insects on plants

Aphids on Citrus #pest #aphids #citrus #garden #aboutthegarden

Aphids commonly appear on flushes of new growth and quite often they will only remain on the plant for a short period of time. Generally, if there are predatory insects in the area such as ladybird larvae, the aphids will be kept under control. In severe cases, spray them with Searles Bug Beater, a natural pyrethrum spray. For an organic ... Read More »