Beneficial plants & insects

Paralysis tick

Itchy and scratchy

Wed, 02/11/2016 - 2:28pm

'Tis the season for mozzies and ticks. Try these helpful plants to take the sting out of their bite, writes PENNY WOODWARD.

Toadstool or mushroom

Fungi facts

Thu, 29/01/2015 - 5:55pm

PENNY WOODWARD says it is good to look after most of the fungi growing in your garden.

Glass of wine

Pesticide residues in wines

Wed, 04/09/2013 - 5:30pm

In the Nov/Dec 2013 issue of Organic Gardener, there is an article by SIMON WEBSTER on organic wine which pointed to more information on wine pesticide residues. Here it is:

Leucospis wasp drinking nectar from goldenrod

Into the wild

Tue, 03/09/2013 - 4:17pm

Gardeners can become fixated on maximising productive space, but having a wild patch in the garden can bring many benefits, from pollination to pest control, writes JERRY COLEBY-WILLIAMS.

Chinese celery

Beneficial insect-attracting plants

Tue, 30/07/2013 - 2:00pm

In the Sept-Oct issue of Organic Gardener magazine, in Natural Solutions, we referred to a full list of beneficial insect-attracting plants grown by JERRY COLEBY-WILLIAMS at his home...

Fairy Wren

Away with the birds

Wed, 03/10/2012 - 10:00am

JUSTIN RUSSELL writes that wildlife is an essential element of an organic garden, and birds in particular can play an important role in helping to control pests.

Native Bee Apple Blossom

Where’s the buzz

Tue, 04/09/2012 - 2:21pm

JUSTIN RUSSELL notices a lack of honey bees in his garden, and suggests a course of action to help local bee colonies thrive.

Pest-repellent plants

Thu, 12/04/2012 - 11:58am

A book calls on pest fighters to take a new approach, reports SIMON WEBSTER.

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