Poincianas and Caterpillars

horticultural glue caterpillar barrier on a poinciana

Brisbane poincianas have been suffering from a plague of caterpillars. The caterpillars are defoliating the poincianas, descending from trees and infesting local residents properties. The caterpillar plague is a phenomenon that occurs around once every seven years in Brisbane. Unfortunately, past caterpillar events have shown that poincianas badly attacked by the … [Read more...]

Change Bunnings Weeds for Natives

Callistemon viminalis, a native Australian bottlebrush.

I wrote a letter to Bunnings, asking them to withdraw sales of weed species from their hardware stores. They currently sell Duranta , mock orange and Sanseviera trifasciata, mother-in-law tongue at my local store in Brisbane. Sanseviera trifasciata is listed on the Weeds Australia website (of the federal government's weed advisory service), DAFF, the Queensland government … [Read more...]

Should we go organic?

organic farm

I used to live in West End and was a member of 'Friends of the Earth'. I joined a protest or two against this and that, even. I was very keenly biased towards organic, believing it to be the right thing to do. Then I went to uni where I started studying agriculture. My first assignment in agronomy was to compare a crop with fossil fuel and chemical inputs to one without. I … [Read more...]