Getting on top of garden pests in winter Livestream

Getting on top of garden pests in winter

Online Class Delivered Via Zoom

Next Available: Wed, 19 Jun 6:00PM (AEST)
Live via Zoom
1 hour
Over 10 people have attended this class


With the onset of winter, gardeners face unique opportunities in pest control. This Master Class session will help you take full advantage of these opportunities and get on top of common pests such as gall wasps, fruit flies, and scale insects. The talk will highlight integrated pest management (IPM) approaches that incorporate various techniques to break the breeding cycle and minimize pest populations while minimizing harm to beneficial organisms and the environment. 

This session will focus on Gall Wasp, QLD Fruit Fly and Scale and cover the pest biology and develop your knowledge on these pests, their life cycle, effective control measures you can implement in the winter months and - 

  • Monitoring and Detection: How to recognise early signs of pest activity and when
  • Cultural Practices: Implementing cultural practices to disrupt pest life cycles and reduce overwintering populations.
  • Biological Controls: Encouraging natural predators and beneficial insects to over winter by companion planting to help keep pest populations in check at the start of spring.
  • Physical barriers: that you can incorporate to manage these pests.
  • Chemical Control Options: las resort and how to use to minimize environmental impact.

By integrating these strategies into a comprehensive pest management plan tailored to winter conditions, gardeners can effectively mitigate the impact of gall wasps, fruit flies, scale insects, and other winter pests, ensuring healthy plants and thriving gardens year-round.    

This session is one of four in a Masterclass Series "Winter Gardening Skills". Other topics include – Grafting 101; Pruning Berry Vines and Bushes; Winter Cover Crops .  

Book the Series Package for discount.  Friends of SGA receive a 15% discount on Master Class full price tickets. You can become a Friend of SGA here. Green Garden Professional (GGPs) receive a 30% discount.  

Image of a Queensland Fruit Fly on a blue tomato taken by Jen Willis

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What you will learn

  • What they need to do in the winter months to get on top of pest populations

What you will get

  • Access to recording for 2 weeks

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Appropriate for

Gardeners who want to learn more about pest management

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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Your Teacher

Robin and Paul Gale-Baker founded Sustainable Macleod in 2011. In 2015 Sustainable Macleod acquired 2 tennis courts at the back of Macleod College which is today a flourishing community garden producing over 850KG of fruit and vegetables per year. Both Robin and Paul are members of the Banyule Urban Food Strategy working group and the Banyule Community Garden Network working group. Apart from co-ordinating work at the Sustainable Macleod community garden, Robin is the editor and a writer on edible gardening for the Sustainable Macleod monthly newsletter and writes for the Local Food Connect newsletter. She single-handedly runs the Queensland Fruit Fly Prevention strategy on behalf of Sustainable Macleod for the Banyule community. Paul is a certified Permaculture practitioner, training with Dan Palmer and Adam Grubb. He started Urban Shepherd, a permaculture design business in 2013 and has designed and built over 40 wicking beds.

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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 by SGA. 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 10 minutes before the scheduled starting time for registration and seating
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