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Moon planting calendar for 2019

For moon planters – The moon planting calendar for all 2019 is now available for purchase. Click on the link in the men bar. Planting and gardening by the Moon phases is a centuries-old practice that is still used around … Continue reading

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2019 Moon Planting Calendar

For moon planters – The moon planting calendar for all 2019 is now available for purchase. Click on the link in the men bar.

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Banksia rose

This lovely climbing rose is a popular addition to many gardens. The Banksia Rose, (Rosa banksiae) or Lady Banks Rose, originated in China, and is named after the wife of famous botanist Sir Joseph Banks. An evergreen rose with few, … Continue reading

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Citrus gall wasp

Galls or stem swellings on citrus trees need to be removed by pruning by the end of August, as very tiny black wasps emerge from the galls in September and October ready to lay a new batch of eggs in … Continue reading

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Purple potatoes

Not only do organic ‘Midnight Purple’ potatoes add interest to a potato salad, purple potatoes are very good for you. Like richly-coloured berries, purple potatoes are full of anthocyanin pigment, an excellent anti-oxidant that we are told is important in … Continue reading

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Moon phase change

Happy St Patrick’s Day. Just a brief post to let moon planters know that from today, 17th March 2018, the current moon phase can be found by clicking on that link in the menu bar on the Aussie Organic Gardening … Continue reading

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Leaf-eating ladybird

This ugly little creature is the larva of the leaf-eating ladybird. Stressed plants in prolonged hot, dry conditions attract these pests. The larvae become almost black as they reach pupa stage. Both adults and larvae of leaf-eating ladybirds are particularly … Continue reading

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Blossom end rot

A common problem affecting otherwise healthy tomato and capsicum plants during heat waves is blossom end rot, where partly formed fruit develops a dark, sunken patch furthest from the stem. This is caused by calcium deficiency, and is not a … Continue reading

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Winter tomatoes

  There is nothing like the taste of vine-ripened tomatoes, and this is how my neighbour, Cheryl, keeps her tomatoes cropping through winter on the Mid-North Coast of NSW. The tomato plants self-seeded in the rose garden in front of … Continue reading

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