12 THE STANDARD STYLE / HOME & GARDEN / GARDEN September 14 to 20 2014 What was Noah thinking? Dylan Wilson Max The story of Noah and the Ark is one of my favourites; the dove at the end with the olive branch is a true testament to faith. However with hindsight, there are some little crawlings for which gardeners blame Noah. He gave them a free ride! Maybe what Noah needed was a couple of “touts” calling the shots – maybe we need another flood so that this time we can get it right! I touched on aphids and thunder flies last week, this week we want to touch on the other general pests and diseases that made it onto the ark “without paying their 5 Rand.” Plants are resilient wise more advanced than humans. You can chop their head, dry them out and abuse them in ways that would drive any human being to the grave, but you find they still revive and in some cases come back much stronger than before. Fungi is to plants what kryptonite is to Superman. Fungi is definitely the “uber” bad guy in a Superhero flick. They have the ability to actually over time form a protective shield around themselves thus ensuring that the job of destroying your garden is done in a peaceful environment. They also spread themselves around quite efficiently producing large numbers of spores by using mediums like wind, rainwater and animals to further ensure that their life is replicated efficiently. One of the signs of fungi is powdery mildew, this can form on roses, lilacs, zinnias, grapes etc... When you see a white powdery substance on your plants without explanation, know that the enemy is at work. There are remedies for fungi. There are “salad dressing” options I mentioned, however it would be best to consult your favourite agrochemical supplier and look for fungicidal chemicals. A fungus can turn a lush palm tree into a sick looking mess in a matter of months and they do their most work during our windy months. Fungi, not really Noah’s fault ….but the jury is still out on this one! Army worms and other caterpillars are getting ready for the summer. Be on the look-out for these, especially wedding venue owners near farms. Remember what happens around you will start happening to you when we speak of pests and diseases. Snails and slugs can also prove to be a problem, especially with your more succulent stemmed plants. The pests love the good stuff, mainly all the nutrients located at the base of the plant upwards from the roots. In all the above cases prevention is always better than cure. This cold spell might be useful in delaying attacks; however it will get warmer, be on the look-out for black pots, powdery mildew and caterpillars. Treat them early and save yourself the hassle in the future. Till Next Week …Go with God…As they say Papua New Guinea Come and join us for a wonderful day out at The Annual Garden Show on 13th-14th September. Come and get some ideas for your own garden by looking at the exciting garden designsthat our nurseries and landscapers are putting together. Bring a piece of a plant you’d like identified or come and ask questions about your garden at our experts Q&A Panel and listen to a variety of other interesting talks and demonstrations (all free). The tea garden will be serving delicious teas and lunches, with gluten and dairy-free options available. For the kids there will be a fantastic Kid’s Zone (enclosed, shaded, bottled water available, no water slides) and African Themes Pottery will be there with a “Kiddies Corner” where your children can paint and decorate their own piece of pottery. Get Inspired! Get Gardening!
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