About Bellingen Seedsavers

We are a group of like-minded growers of useful heritage plant varieties in the Bellingen area of northeast New South Wales, Australia.

Our climate varies from frost-free coastal areas to inland river valleys and highlands with frosts. Bellingen has an average annual rainfall of 1507ml.

Thursday, 16 December 2010

Coping with Vegetable Pests

The Bellingen area has its fair share of vegetable pests anxious to enjoy the fruits of our labours. Fruit bats, birds, bandicoots, rabbits, wallabies, kangaroos and insects such as fruit fly and cabbage moth can all make vegetable growing problematic.

We are not alone in this. This is the vegetable garden at Great Dixter in England;







 ...and this is a caged area at Great Dixter.

We fence, cage and net but sometimes the cost can make the growing activity uneconomical. Then we need to look at the other benefits of growing our own food:

• no food miles
• no poisonous sprays
• fresh food with more vitamins and minerals
• the pleasure and achievement of growing our own food.

What pests attack your garden?

1 comment:

  1. Our Japanese Plum has been laden with fruit this month and thankfully most of the fruit has not been affected by Queensland Fruit Fly. Either the traps worked or the wet weather assisted in reducing fruit fly numbers. The small tree was netted and this protected the fruit from the birds and fruit bats.

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