Beneficial plants & insects

The male Blue Tiger butterfly collects pollen as it contains pheromones that make it attractive to the female.

The power of pollination

Mon, 05/08/2019 - 3:41pm

Pollination is necessary for our gardens to thrive so it's handy to understand how we can help all those beneficial insects and animals do their work.

Banded sugar ant

Ants - friend or foes

Wed, 13/02/2019 - 9:48am

Ants are part of life in Australia, says Denis Crawford, and are very important in the environment.

Australian spiders

Spiders are special

Fri, 13/07/2018 - 5:22pm

Look after your spiders says Penny Woodward, the vast majority are harmless and all are beneficial.

Natural honeycomb showing brood, pollen and capped honey

All abuzz

Wed, 26/04/2017 - 3:20pm

Kirsten Bradley shares her sweet secrets of success for keeping bees.

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.

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