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Common winter garden pests and diseases in Australia

Common winters garden pests and insects in Australia #aboutthega

  Bindii Winter is a time when Bindii start to invade our home turf, causing much pain and frustration. If you have ever walked on a bindii and felt the sharp pain they cause, you may be interested to know that it is actually the seed that forms the prickle. Bindii starts growing in winter and if you kill the ... Read More »

Herbs for healthy lifestyle – Natural Medicine

Health of herbs #aboutthegardenmagazine.indd

Herbs provide more than just flavour enhancers to our culinary dishes, they enrich our overall well-being.   Today we think of herbs as culinary flavouring agents and they are essential to any good cook. They are almost as essential to any gardener, being amongst the easiest food plants to grow. Many herbs are perennial and are fairly easy to grow, ... Read More »

Guardians of the garden – Beneficial (predatory) backyard insects

Guardians of the garden - Beneficial (predatory) backyard insect

Secretly, each day, there are millions of insects in gardens fighting the good fight against other insects which cause damage to our loved garden plants and trees. Lets take a look at beneficial insects in the backyard.    Along with the pretty and well-known species that we recognise buzzing about pollinating plant to plant, they are mirrored by those that wish ... Read More »

Deter possums from around the home and backyard

Deter Possums in the home garden and around the house #abouttheg

Year after year many gardeners are devastated by the damage Possums do to buds, flowers and new growth on their roses, shrubs, trees and herbs. However for over 30 years many rose growers, both amateurs and commercial and others ‘in the know’, have used and confirmed D-TER Animal & Bird Repellent’s real success. “I have used your D-TER for 6 ... Read More »

Why is my passionfruit vine not flowering

Passionfruit not flowering in Australia #passionfruit #abouttheg

Probably the most common problem for passionfruit grown in home gardens is poor fruit set, which is generally due to a lack of flowers being pollinated. We have listed tips to grow more passionfruit flowers.  This can occur for a number of reasons, the main one being a lack of pollinators. This means there are not enough bees around to pollinate the ... Read More »

Spring garden pests to control

Garden Pests and bugs in spring in Australia #aboutthegardenmaga

After being dormant in winter, many garden pests and bugs are on the move in spring. Here are six common garden pests to control.  Bronze orange bug Watch out for these brightly coloured orange bugs on citrus trees and flowers. They suck the sap from young stems and damage new growth. They give off a bad smelling substance when threatened so ... Read More »

Indoor Plant Problem Solver and Care Guide

Indoor Plant Problem Solver and care guide #indoorplantproblemso

Using plants to furnish your home is a great way to introduce green life into indoor areas. However, as with gardening outdoors, some consideration needs to be given in selecting the appropriate plants to suit the varying climates within the home. Hot spots Many homes have a room which experiences very hot conditions in summer, especially in the afternoons. This ... Read More »

Pawpaw Black Spot: Mildew Disease

pawpaw disease Watch black spots on leaves pawpaw mildew #aboutthegarden

Watch out for Black Spot on your pawpaws, generally seen in cool weather or after periods of wet weather. Plants lacking in minerals and unbalanced soil structures are more susceptible to diseases. Add a layer of 5IN1® Organic Plant Food over the soil and water plant with a dose of Searles Liquid Potash to keep pawpaws healthy and fruiting. How to ... Read More »

Hibiscus Flower Beetle Garden Pest

hibiscus pests and diseases australia hibsicus flower beetle

The worst pest of the hibiscus is the hibiscus flower beetle, which feeds on the unopened and developing flower bud. Healthy plants will detect the hibiscus beetle and drop the damaged flower buds, so if you notice flowers falling prematurely it can usually be taken as a sign of the beetle’s presence. Control hibiscus beetle and aphids on hibiscus with ... Read More »