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.
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.