How to Make a Queensland Fruit Fly Trap and Bait

One of the most damaging pests of fruit and vegetables in Australia is the Queensland fruit fly or Qfly (Bactrocera tryoni). To control this pest, you can make your own home made traps using empty clear plastic bottles, and also make the homemade bait lure liquid to put into them, as described in this article.Continue reading “How to Make a Queensland Fruit Fly Trap and Bait”

Why Are My Tomatoes Flowering But Not Setting Fruit?

It’s quite disappointing for gardeners when healthy and vigorous tomato plants,drop their flowers and fail to produce fruit after a good growing season. Tomato plants have what are described as complete flowers, they contain both the male and female parts within the same flower. The tomato flowers grow in downward hanging clusters that are pollinatedContinue reading “Why Are My Tomatoes Flowering But Not Setting Fruit?”

Gardening Calendar (Australian Temperate Climate) – May

May is the last month of autumn, when the weather starts cooling down. This is a time for pruning, taking cuttings for propagation, divide perennials, and t put in new trees, shrubs and vines. The soil is also still warm enough for moving and relocating plants around the garden. It’s also the time to cleanContinue reading “Gardening Calendar (Australian Temperate Climate) – May”

Why Indoor Plant Leaves Turn Yellow and Drop

When houseplant (indoor plant) leaves turn yellow, it’s usually one of the first symptoms indicating that the plant is stressed. If the conditions causing the plant stress are not alleviated, the yellow leaves may eventually turn brown and drop. Plant stress can be caused by a wide variety of issues, and can be categorised asContinue reading “Why Indoor Plant Leaves Turn Yellow and Drop”

My Bookazine, Growing Fresh Food & Herbs Using Permaculture Methods, Has Been Published!

In this comprehensive, practical gardening guide, we’ll show you the easiest ways to produce brilliant, bountiful harvests with less effort and cost, by working cleverly with nature.  New to gardening? Start the right way, learn how to select the best sites for garden beds, prepare the soil, sow the seeds, plant seedlings, rotate crops, growContinue reading “My Bookazine, Growing Fresh Food & Herbs Using Permaculture Methods, Has Been Published!”

Can Biodegradable Foam Packing Peanuts Be Composted?

Foam packing peanuts are a lightweight packing material which is used to fill the empty space in boxes and containers, to cushion the contents and protect them from damage during shipping. They’re a welcome addition in freight packaging for the additional protection they provide, but the problem is what to do with this packing materialContinue reading “Can Biodegradable Foam Packing Peanuts Be Composted?”

Plants Grow Here Podcast, Ep.70 Enhance Your Urban Yield – Angelo Eliades (Deep Green Permaculture)

I was invited to talk on the Plants Grow Here podcast with Daniel Fuller on Sunday 10 October 2021, you can listen to Ep.70 Enhance your urban yield – Angelo Eliades (Deep Green Permaculture) here: https://kite.link/PGH-ENH Episode description: Angelo Eliades is an urban permaculturist that’s able to harvest significant yields from his 60m2 of gardenContinue reading “Plants Grow Here Podcast, Ep.70 Enhance Your Urban Yield – Angelo Eliades (Deep Green Permaculture)”

Gardening Calendar (Australian Temperate Climate) – April

April brings us well into autumn, and the days are now getting shorter. While the soil is still warm, it’s a good time to plant trees, shrubs, and herbs, as their roots will have a chance to take hold before winter. This is also the last chance to harvest fruit such as apples and pearsContinue reading “Gardening Calendar (Australian Temperate Climate) – April”

How to Make Horticultural Oil Spray for Organic Pest Control

Horticultural oil, also known as white oil, is an easy and inexpensive pesticide to prepare at home from readily-available materials. It is used to control scale, aphids, mealy bug, citrus leaf miner, mites and caterpillars on roses, ornamentals, citrus and other fruit trees. The commercial white oil or horticultural oil insecticides sold in garden centresContinue reading “How to Make Horticultural Oil Spray for Organic Pest Control”

The Complete Food Additive Code Number List to Decode Food Ingredients

Food additives are listed on product labels with a three or four digit number code, because their real names may be far too long to use. This number system is known as the International Numbering System for Food Additives, or INS for short. For example, (300) in an ingredient list is the food additive codeContinue reading “The Complete Food Additive Code Number List to Decode Food Ingredients”

Selecting the Right Size Pot or Container for Growing Vegetables

Container gardening is a great way to grow vegetables when there is no space left in the garden beds, or when space is limited, such as in a courtyard or balcony. When growing in a pot or container, the three main requirements are:  The container is of sufficient size for the plants growing in it.Continue reading “Selecting the Right Size Pot or Container for Growing Vegetables”

Gardening Calendar (Australian Temperate Climate) – February

February is the last month of summer, and it’s still a fairly dry time of the year in Melbourne, so water deeply and less often during dry periods to encourage roots to grow down, making plants less vulnerable to heat and drought. Take advantage of the hot dry weather to do weeding, and lay theContinue reading “Gardening Calendar (Australian Temperate Climate) – February”

The Definitive Guide on How to Compost Everything from the Garden and Kitchen

Just about everything can be composted using cold (slow) composting, hot (fast) composting, worm farms (vermicomposting), bokashi composting and Hügelkultur composting. The table in this article lists how to compost just about every garden and kitchen material that can be recycled, and which composting systems can be used to compost it. One of the mostContinue reading “The Definitive Guide on How to Compost Everything from the Garden and Kitchen”

Guest Post – Pruning, Trimming, and Topping Guide for your Indoor Garden Plants

Indoor plants add color and vibrancy to your space. To keep your houseplants in their best form, you need to prune them regularly. Pruning will help you remove dead leaves and flowers and encourage the plant to grow fuller and shapelier. If you’re new to pruning and wondering where to begin, this guide has youContinue reading “Guest Post – Pruning, Trimming, and Topping Guide for your Indoor Garden Plants”

How to Protect Plants from Frost with Seaweed Extract

Many warm-season crops, such cantaloupe, capsicums, chillies, cucumbers, eggplants, lima beans, pumpkins, squash, tomatoes, and watermelon, are native to subtropical climates, and are therefore very frost-sensitive. They prefer temperatures of 21°C (70°F) to 35°C (95°F), and need daytime temperatures above 15.5°C (60°F). A week of daytime temperatures below 12.5°C (55°F) may stunt their growth, andContinue reading “How to Protect Plants from Frost with Seaweed Extract”

How Much of a Difference Does the Thermal Mass of a Wall Make for Plants and Trees in Winter?

Warm season vegetables and fruit trees are often grown close to brick, stone and concrete walls facing the midday or afternoon sun. This is because these surfaces act as a thermal mass, heating up during the day, and releasing the heat at night as the temperature drops, keeping the air around the plants a bitContinue reading “How Much of a Difference Does the Thermal Mass of a Wall Make for Plants and Trees in Winter?”

The Best Way to Use Pest Animal Scent Repellents So They Don’t Wash Away

Odor repellent (scent repellent) products are an effective way of deterring unwanted pest animals from visiting the garden and causing damage. They either contain ingredients which pest animals find offensive and objectionable, or those that evoke an instinctive reaction of fear in pest animals, because they smell like predators, or the remnants of their work.Continue reading “The Best Way to Use Pest Animal Scent Repellents So They Don’t Wash Away”

Gardening Calendar (Australian Temperate Climate) – January

It’s January, and we find ourselves right in the middle of the summer season. It’s in this month and the next that we experience the hottest day-time and night-time temperatures of the year. With the weather so hot and dry at this time, and with hot north winds blowing, it’s important to keep up withContinue reading “Gardening Calendar (Australian Temperate Climate) – January”

What are the Brown Spots on Feijoa or Pineapple Guava Leaves?

The feijoa (Acca sellowiana), commonly known as pineapple guava, is an evergreen fruiting shrub or small tree from the Myrtaceae family, that is native to South America. It is widely grown in the subtropics and in warm temperate areas. This remarkably hardy plant is quite resistant to pests and diseases, heat-tolerant and moderately salt-tolerant, makingContinue reading “What are the Brown Spots on Feijoa or Pineapple Guava Leaves?”

Does Watering Plants on a Hot Sunny Day Scorch Their Leaves?

One common gardening myth is that watering plants on a hot, sunny day will scorch their leaves. Is this a fact or a fallacy? There appears to be no information published by university agricultural extension agencies, or in the horticulture literature, to support this idea. So, where does this idea come from? In the scientificContinue reading “Does Watering Plants on a Hot Sunny Day Scorch Their Leaves?”