Beneficial plants & insects

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.

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.

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