Friday, May 26, 2017

This Week in the Garden: Inspection and Monitoring for Myrtle Rust

This week's Garden Week post is a little less pretty and a lot more serious than our usual photo-filled weekly updates. Myrtle rust has migrated to New Zealand and has been found in our local area. :(  I inspected our garden this week - all clear for now! If you are a New Zealand gardener and have not yet checked your own garden plants, put it on your to do list for your next available chore day and keep a close watch for emerging symptoms your subsequent garden walk arounds.

Myrtle Rust is am emerging threat to plants in the myrtle family, which here in New Zealand includes natives like our beloved pōhutukawa as well as the commercially important mānuka, feijoa, guava, and many other native/exotic trees.  If, like me, you have young plants in your garden then it's easy (or easier) to check them for signs of infection as they are smaller and more accessible. The first signs of infection are likely to be found in new growth so check tips and springs closely.  You can find all the details on the current Myrtle Rust situation in New Zealand via the MPI website Myrtle Rust Alert.

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.  P.S. Green in Real Life is now on Instagram! Join us there for my photos from our garden and beyond. ❀  

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