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Bacterial wilt

The ABC’s Gardening Australia program on June 20th told gardeners how to identify plants affected by bacterial wilt but, unfortunately, did not tell them how to eliminate the disease. Bacterial wilt (Ralstonia solanacearum) is a serious soil disease that can, … Continue reading

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Fungal wilt diseases

Soil fungi that affect the water-carrying parts of plants cause wilt diseases that can affect a wide range of vegetables, grains, and ornamentals. Fruit trees can also be affected. Wilt diseases are commonly caused by not practicing a proper crop … Continue reading

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Organic fertilisers

I sometimes hear garden experts say that organic fertilisers are not as high in nutrients as chemical fertilisers, so you have to use more of them. This is simply not true. The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) … Continue reading

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Growing green manures

Green manures are an easy, cheap way to produce organic matter for soil by growing grains until they are knee high, or inoculated legumes* until they start to flower, then slashing them, and leaving them, as organic mulch, on the … Continue reading

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Broad beans and peas

If you live in a frost area, make a note of when you sow peas, sweet peas or broad beans and when they start to flower. The foliage of these legumes is frost hardy, but the flowers are not. Yet, … Continue reading

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