Pest & disease remedies

Breaking up a Gastropod Party

Tue, 27/03/2012 - 6:29pm

Slugs and snails can wreak havoc in the vegie patch and are difficult to control organically. JUSTIN RUSSELL shares his succeses and failures.


Netting Works Wonders

Thu, 23/02/2012 - 11:42pm

JUSTIN RUSSELL writes in praise of exclusion netting after harvesting his best ever crop of capsicums.

How to manage summer weeds organically

Tue, 21/02/2012 - 12:04pm

While summer rains can bring on an explosion of weeds, it also offers a prime opportunity to nip them in the bud, says PHIL DUDMAN


Nature Will Have Her Way

Thu, 10/11/2011 - 11:35pm

An elusive boobook owl reminds JUSTIN RUSSELL that pest control in the garden is often best left to the birds.

Pierre de Ronsard rose

The Myth of Disease Resistance

Thu, 13/10/2011 - 11:10pm

Could a new super-rose that is totally resistant to blackspot be a good fit for organic gardeners. JUSTIN RUSSELL argues that there are other virtues to look for in plants beyond the obvious.

Organic Apricots

Popular Garden Chemical Suspended

Fri, 07/10/2011 - 10:13am

Dimethoate, a popular but toxic chemcial commonly used in home gardens has been suspended for use by the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority. JUSTIN RUSSELL reports.

Snails like to hide in large upturned pots which can be used as traps.

On the snail trail

Mon, 01/08/2011 - 8:46am

PENNY WOODWARD goes to town on snails and slugs, testing a wide variety of methods for getting rid of these intriguing but troublesome pests.