Pests & Diseases

Author: The Seed Collection Pty Ltd   Date Posted: 18 March 2021

Armyworms are a group of caterpillar species which can lay waste to a garden. Although they prefer to feed on grasses and grains, any leafy plant is at risk if there's a serious infestation. This article explains the damage these bugs can do.


Author: The Seed Collection Pty Ltd   Date Posted: 28 February 2021

Nematodes are class of tiny worm-like creatures which are present in most soils. While some species are allies in the fight against pests, other species cause problems of their own. This article explains why and gives tips on reducing the damage.


Author: The Seed Collection Pty Ltd   Date Posted: 13 January 2021

Pea beetles are a legume-loving pest that can lay waste to a pea crop both before and after harvest. This article describes the damage these bugs can do, and provides tips on reducing the problems they cause.


Author: The Seed Collection Pty Ltd   Date Posted: 24 December 2020

Garden weevils can be a major problem for veggie growers if a population climbs out of control. This article describes how to identify the insect, recognise the damage it causes, and keep its numbers in check.


Author: The Seed Collection Pty Ltd   Date Posted: 17 November 2020

Damping off is a fungal disease which can kill seedlings almost without warning. This article describes how to avoid the conditions which increase the risks, and what to do if you spot the symptoms in your seedlings.


Author: The Seed Collection Pty Ltd   Date Posted: 28 October 2020

Fungus gnats are tiny black flies most often seen buzzing around houseplants and greenhouse containers. And while they might be an annoyance in adult form, their young can seriously harm your plants. This article explains the damage the insects can do.


Author: The Seed Collection Pty Ltd   Date Posted: 5 May 2020

Millipedes are a beneficial part of a balanced garden ecosystem, helping turn dead plant matter into fertile soil. But unfortunately, if other food is scarce, they can start to feed on your plants too.


Author: The Seed Collection Pty Ltd   Date Posted: 20 March 2020

If you grow beans, peas, tomatoes or other legumes, you're likely to be visited by green vegetable bugs at some stage. What damage do these pests do, and how can you keep it to a minimum?


Author: The Seed Collection Pty Ltd   Date Posted: 31 January 2020

If your tomatoes & other fruits seem to be spoiling from the base upward as they grow, the chances are they're suffering from a condition known as blossom end rot. Thankfully, despite its appearance, it's a problem that's relatively easy to cure.


Author: The Seed Collection Pty Ltd   Date Posted: 22 December 2019

Scale are common garden pests which can badly stunt a plant's growth, ruin its appearance, or even kill it off altogether. This article explains how to recognise scale, what kinds of damage they do, and how to keep their numbers under control.


Author: The Seed Collection Pty Ltd   Date Posted: 23 November 2019

Slaters normally play a hugely beneficial role in your garden. However, if conditions are too comfortable for them their numbers can quickly get out of hand, and they'll start to have a negative impact.


Author: The Seed Collection Pty Ltd   Date Posted: 29 October 2019

Slugs and snails are perhaps the most common and most despised garden pests of all. They can cause incredible damage and are almost impossible to eliminate. However, there are many ways of keeping the population under control, as this article explains.


Author: The Seed Collection Pty Ltd   Date Posted: 25 September 2019

Excessive infestations can cause damage but a normal-sized population's benefits for a garden outweigh the drawbacks. This article explains why, and gives tips on keeping numbers to a beneficial level.


Author: The Seed Collection Pty Ltd   Date Posted: 15 August 2019

Whitefly may not be as well known as their close cousins aphids, but they can cause at least as many problems if they infest your vegetable garden. This article explains how to recognise these insects, & how to limit the damage they can do to your plant.


Author: The Seed Collection Pty Ltd   Date Posted: 30 July 2019

Ants are an essential part of the ecosystem but if your garden's population gets out of control, you'll need to deal with the problem. This article explains why heavy infestations are harmful, and offers eco-friendly ways of dealing with them.


Author: The Seed Collection Pty Ltd   Date Posted: 28 June 2019

Rust fungus infection is a common problem for home gardeners. Although it's very difficult to clear completely from a garden, it can be managed and controlled fairly effectively, as this article explains.


Author: The Seed Collection Pty Ltd   Date Posted: 24 June 2019

Possums love feasting on new growth and ripening fruit, the damage they cause during their nocturnal adventures can be enormous. However, it's possible to deter them using natural, harmless methods and this article explains how.


Author: The Seed Collection Pty Ltd   Date Posted: 30 March 2019

If your plants' leaves are pale and yellow rather than a healthy, vibrant green, does this mean your crop is a failure, good only for the compost heap? Not necessarily. It depends mainly on what caused the problem, as this article explains.


Author: The Seed Collection Pty Ltd   Date Posted: 26 March 2019

The larvae of cabbage moths can lay waste to your carefully cultivated brassicas in a few short days. This article explains how to protect your patch against these voracious pests.


Author: The Seed Collection Pty Ltd   Date Posted: 21 March 2019

While there are many commercial pesticides and other products available to control an aphid infestation, there's plenty that a gardener can do without resorting to chemicals. This article gives valuable real-world tips on preventing aphid infestations.



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