Pests, Diseases & Weeds

Ripening Blackberries

Blackberry Season

December 15, 2011

Unlike their wild, uncouth cousins, thornless blackberries are far more refined and oh so delicious. JUSTIN RUSSELL extolls the virtues of this underappreciated cool climate fruit.

How to grow organic edible figs

December 13, 2011

Homegrown figs are so mind-blowingly sweet and delicious. PHIL DUDMAN shares his organic secrets for growing the best with tips for dealing with typical pests.

Organic watermelon frame 2

December 7, 2011

Things are progressing well with PHIL DUDMAN’s trial watermelon frame. It’s a great way to grow lots of organic watermelons in small spaces.

A predatory hoverfly attracted to coriander flowers.

Flower Power

December 1, 2011

As the caterpillar breeding season begins in earnest, fight them with flowers, writes
JERRY COLEBY-WILLIAMS.

Isabella Grapes

Isabella Grapes Save the Day

November 17, 2011

With his grape crop ruined by last summer's record wet season, JUSTIN RUSSELL pins his hopes on a mildew resistant heirloom variety to make an annual batch of verjuice.

Boobook

Nature Will Have Her Way

November 10, 2011

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

October 13, 2011

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.

Zucchini Frame Update

October 13, 2011

With wet and windy weather dominating, PHIL DUDMAN’s zucchini frame is proving it’s worth.

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