Category Archives: Pests and Diseases

What do you think about – Pyrethrum? (And a bit about black aphids)

I have an ongoing problem with black aphids in my garden.  They lay waste to my spring onions, garlic chives, normal chives, garlic (when I grow it) and pretty much anything else I plant in the allium family. Black aphids … Continue reading

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Citrus Gall Wasp – Pruning

I have been battling citrus gall wasp for a few seasons now and have tried a number of methods to attempt to get rid of them.  I have tried slicing off the galls, I have tried ignoring them and I … Continue reading

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Citrus News

Every time I listen to gardening talkback on the radio (about weekly) someone rings in with a question about looking after citrus.  I think this is partially because they do need some maintenance and partially because people really value the … Continue reading

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The Dreaded Rats…..

I have been promising an update on the furry problem I am encountering this year and here it is.   Firstly I would like to thank everyone for their advice on my last ratty post.  I put into place a number … Continue reading

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Those pesky critters

3 years ago I had a great pumpkin harvest.  I got about 6 big Bohemian pumpkins.  They grew easily and ate well.  My only issue with them was the size of the vine (huge).  Last year I tried to grow pumpkins in an unsuitable … Continue reading

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