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  1. Gardening 101: Indoor plant pests

    Gardening 101: Indoor plant pests
    Many new gardeners are amazed to discover that pests can seek out and attack plants growing indoors, or even out on a balcony of a high-rise building. One way or another, pests find plants - even when they are inside and away from the natural environment. They may already have been present when you purchased the plant, or hitched a...
  2. What’s that pest or disease?

    What’s that pest or disease?
    When pests or diseases attack garden plants, the first step to fixing the sick plant is to identify the cause. Start by working out whether the problem is caused by an insect pest or a plant disease. Next, narrow it down further by either identifying the specific pest or disease, or working out how the pest is damaging your plant...
  3. Good & bad garden bugs

    Good & bad garden bugs
    Like it or not, there will always be bugs and insects in the garden. Some are good for the garden and some are not. Nobody likes the bad bugs that eat our plants, but if we eliminate them completely we lose the good bugs too. Without bugs there would be no frogs, no lizards, no birds and the garden would...
  4. 13 easy homemade pest controls

    13 easy homemade pest controls
    From baking soda to beer, everything you need to keep pests (and chemicals) out of your garden, is at your fingertips.   Ants Mix ¼ cup of icing sugar with one tablespoon of borax and sprinkle where ants hang out. The worker ants will take the powder back to the nest and the nest will be eliminated. Keep the borax away from children...
  5. Vegetable growing basics

    Vegetable growing basics
    Spring is a great time to grow edibles both from seed and seedling, and the warm spring weather makes everything thrive. But, if you’ve never grown vegetables before, where do you start? The best starting point is the sunniest part of the garden away from competing plants such as trees. Start with a small space say one-metre square to get...
  6. Autumn and winter garden pests

    Autumn and winter garden pests
    Aphids Green aphids love the tender tips of newly planted pansies, viola and other ornamental seedlings. Also watch out for black aphids that often appear after rain on ornamental shrubs or on the new plant growth of hibiscus, viburnum, murraya, photinia and euonymous that is stimulated after pruning. These pests are a problem because they will distort and weaken new growth...

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