Pests & Diseases

A predatory hoverfly attracted to coriander flowers.

Flower Power

December 2011

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

Boobook

Nature Will Have Her Way

November 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 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.

Organic Apricots

Popular Garden Chemical Suspended

October 2011

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

August 2011

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

April 2011

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 working smarter, not harder.

Horsefly

Horseflies up close

December 2010

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

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