Pest & disease remedies

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.

Autumn Brassicas

An elegant pest control solution

Wed, 27/04/2011 - 9:09am

It can be tempting to think that organic gardening is simply about replacing toxic sprays with organic versions. Justin Russell looks at "exclusion" an elegant pest control solution that is about...


Horseflies up close

Fri, 10/12/2010 - 12:43pm

Insects are beautiful, except when they’re biting you, writes SIMON WEBSTER.

Getting diligent about disease

Tue, 26/10/2010 - 3:58pm

Regular checks and clean ups are the key to keeping diseases at bay, especially during wet weather, writes PHIL DUDMAN