Egg Shells in the Garden

Eggshells can be used in a variety of ways to enrich your garden. Eggshells provide a valuable source of calcium for growing plants and also deter certain pests without the need for chemicals. Eggshells consist of 93% calcium carbonate and other trace elements that make them a practical fertilizer. The composition of an eggshell is […]

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The Power of Gardening

I am a firm believer in the power of gardening. The therapeutic benefits of gardening have been recognized since humans first cultivated plants. Some people think of gardening as a chore, whereas others take up gardening as a hobby. Whether you love gardens and gardening or you hate the idea of even getting your hands […]

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Medicine from the Garden – Aloe Vera

These days it is easy for people to forget that plants can be used as medicine. Medicine from plants is commonly referred to as natural medicine or traditional medicine. Most conventional western remedies are derived from plant extracts synthesized with other chemicals. Or chemical equivalents are synthesized in a lab to mimic the properties of […]

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Frangipani Problems

Lately my inbox has been flooded with cases of Frangipani rust. The ‘rust’ is a fungus, which attacks the leaves and stems of frangipani trees. The rust is very unattractive and causes premature leaf drop. Frangipani trees that are severely affected year after year can be weakened, but the disease is rarely fatal. The frangipani […]

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Alex from Canggu writes

I have recently bought various herb seeds, which I’m very excited about planting, I enjoy cooking and I’ve decided grow fresh herbs such as Basil and Coriander. I’ve never grown any herbs before and have a very limited knowledge of gardening in general and so would greatly appreciate any advice that you could give. A […]

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October 7, 2009

In the past few weeks I have many questions from readers relating to one of the most common and destructive of garden pests, the aphid. Aphids top a gardener’s list of the “most hated” insect pests. Aphids are small sap-sucking pests about 1-2mm long. They are sometimes referred to as ‘greenfly’ or ‘black-fly’, although there […]

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Medicine from the Garden – Part II

Since I wrote about aloe vera a few issues ago, I have received a lot of questions about, medicines from the garden. This topic created a lot of interest and there was a huge response. I received many questions about aloe vera and how to eat it, as well as requests about what other plants […]

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Pest Alert

This week I am going to answer two questions from readers relating to garden pests. Hi Dr Kris I have a house in Bali and only come there several times a year. I was there last week and noticed all the trees had disfigured leaves and on closer inspection noticed that they looked as if […]

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