Mosquito Control

Marie writes: I have a type of water-plant called “bambu air” which grows in a pot of water. How do I prevent mosquitoes from breeding? Mosquitoes need calm water for breeding, and can do this in a very small quantity of water; 5+cm in a discarded can is sufficient. Your pot of ‘bambu air’ would […]

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Eternal Vigilance !

It has been said that ‘Eternal Vigilance is the Price of Liberty’; this statement is also true of keeping a ‘relatively’ pest-free garden. In the past few weeks, my inbox has been inundated with questions concerning the ‘nasty white stuff’ appearing on many garden plants. Most have been concerned in particular with these woolly aphids […]

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Nasty Black & White ‘Stuff’

I have two enquiries about related problems. See the edited letters below:- Nancy, Legian writes: I’m in tears over my papaya tree plantation: They have a disease which looks like mould from a distance (white powder), but in fact they’re tiny insects. Someone told us to scrape the bark thoroughly applying a product to kill […]

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Debbie writes

Debbie writes: You gave contact information for a neem plant supplier here in Bali in one of your issues- could you please supply me with the telephone number again? Much appreciated. Debbie Neem saplings and neem products (as listed on the indoneem website) are available (during their normal operating hours) from: The Sunrise School Parkir […]

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Manfred writes

Manfred writes: I am worried about the huge rubber tree in my garden. Its roots are spreading out rapidly all over the place above the soil. This is most likely because there is not enough earth underneath. It looks as if the roots have reached my house already and I am afraid that this could […]

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Timely Tasks

Frangipani are busily dropping leaves and flowering is sparse. Now is the time to prune back; spray against rust (yellow powder on underside of leaves), and cushiony scale/woolly aphis (looks like blobs of cotton wool). Fertilize well for the coming season of renewal. Dispose of all waste, especially leaves – most eco-friendly by sealing in […]

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Neem – Good News!

At last! A reliable, permanent location for the purchase of Neem products has come my way. First an apology – it seems that the Balinese name for Neem is ‘Intaran’. I would however say that the name I gave ‘Mindi’, is the name given by three separate authorities as the Bahasa Indonesia (probably derived from […]

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Daun Sirih – Betel Leaf

Commonly called Betel Leaf, the word more properly refers to the complete ‘chew’ consisting of a slice of the Areca palm nut, a pinch of lime powder, wrapped in a single leaf and chewed. This produces the characteristic ‘beetroot-juice-colored’ staining of lips, gums, and spittle, ultimately permanently blackening teeth, while lime erodes dental mass. Its […]

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Critters or ?

Roger, Ubud writes: I read your articles in the Bali Advertiser frequently and find then extremely helpful for my future plans. I am currently planning to build on a plot of land north of Ubud; my problem at this time is that whenever I visit the land I get “bitten” or “stung” by something very […]

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Robyn, Nusa Lemobongan writes

Robyn, Nusa Lemobongan writes: I enjoy your Bali Advertiser column, although we don’t get every issue; nobody here distributes it, so we rely on either being over on the mainland or having someone else get us a copy. Our lawn is Japanese couch, down three years now, with it being mainly healthy. “Something” has taken […]

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