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This is the second in a series of Training Forums offered by Sustainable Gardening Australia (SGA) focusing on how gardeners can benefit the environment surrounding their gardens.

A garden is not an island. All gardens are integrally linked with their surrounding environments and the local flora and fauna species they host. The design of our gardening spaces, the green infrastructure they contain and our ongoing gardening practices critically affect life within the environment.

Join in a discussion on how a gardener’s pest management choices affect the surrounding flora and fauna. Learn about pest management approaches that work with natures’ resources and  strengthen the balance within the ecosystem whilst avoiding chemical pollution in your back yard.

Speakers:

  • Denis Crawford - Author of  recently published book 'Garden Pests, Diseases & Good Bugs: The Ultimate Illustrated Guide for Australian Gardeners. A regular contributor to Gardening Australia magazine and Hort Journal Australia and writer of the blog oneminutebugs.com.au
  • Angelica Cameron - Entomologist, IPM Technologies
  • Angelo Eliades - Presenter, trainer and writer in the areas of sustainable gardening and permaculture. Runs Deep Green Permaculture

Post Forum Summary:

Nature has developed subtle but effective pest management strategies. A gardener can use these methods by observing and encouraging nature to create a balance of pests and predator. Whilst the use of chemicals may sometimes be required, they should be a last line of attack as most (even organic / home brew recipes) are broad-spectrum and don’t differentiate between killing pests or beneficial insects. They often destroy any chance of developing a balanced system of insects in the garden.

A diversity of herbs and flowers as companion plants can create habitat and food supplies for beneficial insects, repel pests, suppress diseases, provide decoys and mask the shapes and scents of our prized plants, thereby protecting them. Providing habitat and food sources for insects allows a more balanced and diverse insect population to thrive. This includes predatory insects that can manage small outbreaks of garden pests before they get out of control.

Key Messages

  • Use companion plants
  • Encourage beneficial insects by providing habitat and food
  • Before using any chemicals for pest management, ask whether they are really needed and is the damage only cosmetic
  • Consider the unintended impacts of using chemicals on beneficial insects.
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Class Schedule

What you will learn
  • Pest management practices to implement in your garden that have positive impacts on the environment
  • The link between your garden and its local environment
  • How to make more informed pest management choices

What to wear

Casual


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Sustainable Gardening Australia (SGA) is a not-for-profit non-government organiation dedicated to achieving a healthy biodiverse planet.

Its driving purpose is to:

Encourage, educate and enable home and professional gardeners to adopt sustainable gardening practices to protect or enhance the natural environment;

Provide information, education and undertake research about the natural environment;

Reconnect people to the natural world through gardening; and

Ensure an understanding of the impacts that gardening decisions about chemical and resource use have on the natural environment well beyond their neighbourhood.

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SGA’s Booking Conditions

Bookings are considered final once payment is made and no refunds will be given for non-attendance.

If there are insufficient numbers for an event it may be cancelled or postponed. If this is the case, you will be notified and given the option of either a full refund or a transfer to a different SGA event of equivalent value.

Please arrive at least 5 minutes before the scheduled starting time.

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