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Safe ways to kill unwanted visitors
A bronze orange bug sprays its corrosive liquid on a citrus tree.
In the garden
Mid to late summer is often when plant
pests are at their most destructive --
nibbling, rasping on or sucking their
way through the fruits of your labours.
Unfortunately vigilance is usually
the first line of defence on the part of
the gardener from the first time of
flowering with many ornamentals or
even the time of planting in the case of
some annual crops such as brassicas.
What is it that attracts the cabbage
white butterfly the minute you put
them into the ground -- the smell? The
Who knows but whatever it is they
will soon find them.
The odd hole and telltale frass
(droppings on a leaf below) usually
indicate that the culprit is hiding on the
underside of the foliage.
Remove what you can and quash
with gloved fingers or alternatively
spray with Dipel--alowtoxic,
naturally occurring bacterial
compound and the active ingredient in
the likes of Yates Caterpillar Killer.
Those who grow citrus trees are sure
to be familiar with the sap-sucking
bronze orange bug which are green in
their immature stage, turn pink as they
grow and finally brown as they mature.
Large clusters appear in summer,
having damaged young shoots, flower
stalks, and young fruit.
When disturbed, bronze orange
bugs spray a corrosive liquid which
can burn human skin and eyes and
cause brown spots on both fruit and
Adult bugs could be knocked into a
bucket of hot water, while over-
wintering second stage nymphs on leaf
undersurfaces can be sprayed with
pyrethrum in early spring.
Pour boiling water into ant holes in
paving while ants nesting in container
plants can be eradicated by Blitz-Em!
--a synthetic pyrethroid, activated by
water but biodegradable and harmless
to pets, soil and plants.
Once stone fruit trees
have been harvested it's a
good time to summer prune
as cuts will heal quickly.
Afterwards give the trees a
helping of nitrogen-rich
fertiliser, which will be stored
to assist with bud production
next season. Cut down any
competing basal weeds, then
lay a thick mulch on top to
suppress further growth as
well as help conserve
It doesn't take the average
household long to collect a
bag of eggshells which have a
number of uses in the garden.
Simply rinse out the shells
and allow them to dry before
crushing with a rolling pin.
Place a circle of the crushed
shell around newly planted
seedlings to deter snails. Add
them to the soil or potting mix
to help increase the calcium
content or soak crushed
shells for a few days before
using the calcium-enriched
water on ferns.
Sow seeds of Chinese
cabbage, which is less likely
to go to seed in autumn, as
well as Japanese or Diakon
radishes and leeks both of
which will take several
months to mature.
Canberrans are being reminded to stay
clear of fallen powerlines and
damaged electrical equipment.
The territory has had incidents of
severe thunderstorms and damaging
ActewAGL said fallen poles and
powerlines can be extremely
dangerous and people should stay well
clear of damaged equipment or
anything touching it.
All damage should be reported to
the 24-hour faults and emergency
phone line on 13 10 93.
If sparking or a fire can be seen it is
important to call 000 immediately.
Get on board
to help support
It s distressing being a new parent
unable to take your baby home.
But a fundraising drive to install
internet-based web cam technology
soon will enable parents to be at the
virtual bedside of their seriously ill
newborns admitted to the Canberra
Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
Tennis legends John Fitzgerald and
Wally Masur will lend their star power
to the Maxim Invitational Tennis
Charity event on Thursday, February
11 to raise money for the innovative
The technology has been proven to
significantly reduce parents stress and
separation anxiety. Extending this
service to ACT families comes with a
$70,000 price tag for 20 new cameras
and necessary software upgrades.
Canberra businesses are welcome to
enter or sponsor a team for $4000.
Closing date for entries is Thursday,
Feburary 4. Register or make a
donation at www.newborn.org.au/don-
ALARMING INCREASE IN
New figures released by the World
Health Organisation have revealed that
global rates of childhood obesity could
rise from 41 million to 70 million
children in the next decade.
The report Ending Childhood
Obesity found alarming rates are in
part the cause of unhealthy food and
beverage marketing saturating
children s environments, and a
decrease in physical activity.
Family favourites set to return at Royal Canberra Show
Betty Zhang with her daughter Yuting Hu, 3, of Watson with Gen Next
youth group's Sara Warner and Brooke Mills at the 2016 ActewAGL Royal
Canberra Show launch in Petrie Plaza.
Photo: Elesa Kurtz
Thrill seekers, animal lovers and show
bag enthusiasts will get their annual fix
from the Royal Canberra Show when
the iconic event returns to Exhibition
Park this month.
President of the Royal National
Agricultural Society, Stephen Beer,
promised a new entertainment precinct
called Heritage Park and rides as
modern, big and expensive as ever.
Heritage Park will feature
agricultural working machinery,
blacksmiths and wood bodgers.
It s a new format in the way we are
going to showcase the tractors, the
ploughs, the harvesters, some of the
early vehicles and land rovers and
pumping machines, Mr Beer said.
People will be able to view all of
this early agriculture in one spot.
Some of the family favourites set to
return include livestock,
woodchopping, car racing and stunts,
live music, fashion parades and the
Harvest Hall overflowing with cakes
Also back this year will be the
Canberra Royal Next Gen agricultural
Betty Zhang, from Watson, decided
she d likely take her three-year-old
daughter Yuting Hu to her first
The Canberra Show is held at
Exhibition Park on February 16, 27
and 28. Pre-tickets to the show can be
purchased online at ticketek.com.au or
at ActewAGL stores in City Walk,
Civic or at 100 Gladstone Street,
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