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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April 8, 2009

Mary, Mary, quite contrary, How does your garden grow? With Bathurst Burr and Prickly Pear And noxious weeds all in a row! While some ‘ostriches’ may still maintain that ‘climate change’ is a figment of Environmental Scientists’ imagination (despite being stared in the face by the factual evidence), there can be no doubt that major […]

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For Small Gardens

Kellie’s enquiry in the last issue of this journal set me thinking. I reprint a section of her email as a reminder: I would like to put these pots outside in a sunny area (front-n-back yard). I have no garden, so these pots-n-plants will be the feature. I am not a good gardener and have […]

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Diane, Legian, writes

Diane, Legian, writes: I am looking for plants to put around the house mosquitoes do not like. Some people told me ‘Lidah Mertua’; others said ‘Sodia’? Is this right? Are there other plants? My garden is small and has lots of shadow. Do the plants need sun or not? How many do I need to […]

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Canggu Writers

DK, Canggu writes: A few months ago I bought some roses from a nursery in Ubud. These were roses I have grown back home. The flowers were a bit smaller than usual, but I thought this may be because they were quite young plants. They have since re-flowered, but this time they are very much […]

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Organic Fertilizer

Mitch, Jimbaran writes: I really enjoy your gardening column in the Bali Advertiser and I was wondering if you could tell me where I can get fertilizer for my plants and lawn in Bali as I have tried every where and all I have been able to find is small packets of NPK at Ace […]

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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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