Issue 21: Australia & New Zealand

Pest Control

It doesn’t matter if this is your first outdoor vegetable garden, indoor grow, or if you manage a giant commercial facility; bugs and plant diseases can be equally devastating and challenging to treat.

This edition is packed with articles to help you stay bug and disease-free. In Why IPM is the Secret Solution to Your Gardening Success, Colin Bell explains what integrated pest management is and why he thinks it is so crucial. In How Plants Produce Their Own Pest Control, Dr Callie Seaman exposes the tip of the iceberg as we learn more about how plants defend themselves.

A healthy garden is your first defence. Soil amenders like worm castings can have a considerable impact on your plants. In Fighting Pests, Diseases, and Improving Soil Health with Vermicast, Anne Gibson digs deep into the subject.

The year 2020 brought so many issues facing our planet to light. So much has changed in such a short time. What will happen when things have truly “re-opened”? Everest Fernandez gives us a lot to think about as he questions freedom and the sincerity of billionaires in Reset This!

Happy reading!

In this issue

Why IPM is the Secret Solution to Your Gardening Success

The more you use insecticides, the less they work to keep plants bug-free. Colin Bell talks integrated pest management and why it’s crucial to a healthy garden.

Jersey Farm

Savina River, WA, Australia

Olive trees and their branches are a traditional symbol of peace, health, and fertility. Jersey Farm wants customers to taste those properties in its products.

Pepo Farms

Ovens Valley, Victoria, Australia

Family-owned and operated Pepo Farms is the first and only Australian producer of pumpkin seeds for eating, specialising in the “naked” dark green pumpkin.

Perth City Farm

East Perth, WA, Australia

Once covered with old warehouses with no greenery to speak of, Perth City Farm is now a lush permaculture featuring trees, vegetable plants, chickens, and more.

Paris Creek Farms

Meadows, SA, Australia

Between Strathalbyn and Meadows in the beautiful Adelaide Hills, Paris Creek Farms is an organic dairy passionate about caring for the land and the animals.

The Garden’s Abominable Snowman: Tackling Powdery Mildew

Powdery mildew is a common curse many gardeners face every growing season. What is it and how can you get rid of it? Stephen Brookes fills us in.

How Plants Produce Their Own Pest Control

Pests and diseases can be devastating to your beloved crops. But did you know plants can produce their own pest control? Dr. Callie Seaman tells us how.

SOS! Preventing and Controlling Whitefly Infestations

Whitefly infestations are brutal! This garden pest reproduces rapidly and is very destructive. Rich Hamilton shares tips on preventing and controlling them.

Foraging For Wild Medicinal Mushrooms

Many people think most wild mushrooms are poisonous, but that’s not the case! Caroline Rivard tells us about some of the best medicinal mushrooms out there.

Fight Pests, Diseases, and Improve Soil Health with Vermicast

Gardener or farmer, we should all be striving to build healthy soils! Anne Gibson talks about vermicast, free fertilizer, and fighting pests and diseases.

Pests and Diseases: The Interconnectedness of Plant Health

Joanna Berg knows sick plants, and in this article, writes about her experience with integrated pest management in the cannabis cultivation community.