Insect · Pest · Pest Control · Profile

Leafhoppers – Garden Pest of the Month

Leafhoppers at a glance Type of Damage Pierce-sucking Plant Symptoms Browning & curling of leaf edges Favourite Plant Tomatoes & Potatoes Control Biological (predators: spiders & mantids) Quick Intro These jumping insects are common in the garden, especially around the Acacia trees in our garden. Not only do they attack plants, but they lower the… Continue reading Leafhoppers – Garden Pest of the Month

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Insect · Observations · Pest · Pest Control

Pest Control & Pesticide Resistance: Mechanisms & Prevention

  Pests are considered resistant to a certain chemical compound (natural or synthetic compounds) when it is no longer killed or adversely affected by the chemical. Most pesticides target biological systems in order to control pest populations – “control” meaning: to reduce pest populations to levels that do not cause great plant - or economical… Continue reading Pest Control & Pesticide Resistance: Mechanisms & Prevention

Food Garden · Homesteading · How to Grow · Observations

General Garden Guidelines: Rules for all plants & seasons

Guidelines to happy, healthy vegetables & fruits: ✓ Vegetables and fruits require a certain amount of sunlight All vegetables and fruits require at least 6 hours of direct sunlight to be healthy and crop well.   ✓ Water plants @ their stems This is important to prevent some diseases from infecting the leaves of plants… Continue reading General Garden Guidelines: Rules for all plants & seasons

Fruit · How to Grow · Profile

Raspberry: How to Grow – Fruit of the Month

Raspberry stats/requirements at a glance Ease of Raising: 2/5 Weekly Check-ups (fruiting & ripening) Water: 4/5 Daily (they don’t mind ‘wet feet’ in pots) Sun: 4/5 Full sun, shade tolerant (morning sun preferable) Training: 5/5 Absolutely, require stakes and pruning of already fruited stems Fertilise/Feeding: 3-4/5 Moderate (monthly when growing) to fortnightly (fruiting) Time to… Continue reading Raspberry: How to Grow – Fruit of the Month

Biological Control · Insect · Pest · Pest Control

Pest Control: Biological control; organic & green recipes

My philosophy on pest control: Effective – preferably works with the first treatment Environmental and people friendly – do not want to kill off all the helpers in the garden and certainly do not want to poison myself or wait for two weeks for the chemicals to degrade before harvesting Cheap and sustainable – made… Continue reading Pest Control: Biological control; organic & green recipes