There is nothing better than growing your own fruit and vegetables. While there are some varieties you can grown any time of the year in Australia, Spring is the best time to grow most vegetables. The only downside is that Spring is also the best time for pests and diseases as John Mason from ACS in Australia reports.
People have been using Grazers in their gardens to keep away pigeons and rabbits and all sorts of pests away for years. The formula is a natural product as the active ingredient is food grade calcium which works by coating the leaf and benefits the plant as calcium is a fertilizer. Jonathan Tebb Roger worked on the trials from the outset. He talked to Ken Crowther about the product.
One of the easiest and natural ways to get rid of pests in your garden is to use nematodes. Nematodes are a parasite which controls all the pests in the garden. Particularly effective against the number one pest slugs, they can also be used against vine weevil, caterpillars and ants as Chris Holden explained to Ken Crowther.
There is a lot of talk over the use of pesticides and insecticides and whether gardeners should use organic methods or not to get rid of garden nasties. Steve Bradley and Ken Crowther talk about eliminating pests and diseases.
If you are interested in growing fruit without the use of chemicals, organic gardener Mike Thurlow has some useful advice from picking the right trees and bushes and the best ways to protect them from birds, squirrels and other pests.