Friday, December 2, 2016

This Week in the Garden: The Battle of the Bugs

Hello summer, hello bugs... How do you keep your green garden healthy? I could definitely use a few new tips to try! Our great growing climate also seems to be fantastic for all the insects, good and bad, and fungal diseases love our wet weather.  Most things are still holding up ok, but my poor young triple-grafted apple tree is seriously suffering. :(  My weed population is still out of control and the summer pests have started setting up in all their favorite places around my garden. I definitely have some work to do in the garden as the weather clears from yet another wet and windy week.  What's happening in and around your garden this week?  Whatever your garden/green news, we would love to hear about it. Please leave a comment or post us a message on the GiRL Facebook page I look forward to sharing our garden with you as it grows.


  1. Here in South Australia there is a parasitic wasp which will control the aphids on roses, we just wash the aphids off with a strong jet of water from the hose, after doing this for about a week, the little wasps will have established themselves and keep the aphids under control.

    1. Oooh interesting! I know that we do have many different types of parasitic wasp here, both those considered good (biocontrol) and bad/pests. Aphids are annoying, but do seem to stay in balance for the most part without too much effort or damage to the garden (unlike the passion vine hopper plague!), and we have ladybugs and other beneficials that help out. I did have black aphids set up camp on my garlic and garlic chives this year (first time ever!) that were killing the plants as very tough to get rid of. Could have used some helpful wasps indeed!


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