Category Archive: Chemicals

One Name To Rule Them All: Get With Gomphrena

What is the scientific name for Batchelor’s Buttons? Does it matter? Can it help? Maybe. If you learn the scientific name of a plant, you have a unique key to unlock information about… Continue reading

Kew Guild Grand Reunion Garden Party

Thirty four years ago, I graduated at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Biodispersal: Another word for the dictionary

A student at Dekin Uni is writing about GM foods. She wanted my opinion, so here is my reply – it was published eight years ago in response to an opinion piece written… Continue reading

Nicotine And Old Roses

Nicotine soap and old roses have something in common – they’re fashion victims. Tobacco is related to eggplant, tomato, capsicum, pituri bush and belladonna, they are members of the Solanaceae family. Nicotine was… Continue reading

Glyphosate, The World’s Favourite Herbicide

Glyphosate-based herbicides are global pollutants of groundwater, rivers and surface water. More recently it has been detected in rain. Now the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the World Health Organisation’s cancer… Continue reading

Towards Valentine’s Day

For a more sustainable Valentine’s Day, buy your loved one a potted plant. Unlike cut flowers you can watch it grow.

Book Review: Medicinal Plants in Australia

Australia is a massive pharmacy store, where some very useful plants grow in our streets, reserves and gardens.

Predator Attracting Plants

Organic gardening isn’t conventional gardening, so why not enjoy some unconventional pest control?

Nettle, Anyone?

I like nettles, when they’re managed – and grown in full view.

Book Review: Australia’s Poisonous Plants by Dr Ross McKenzie

If you put raw silverbeet in your salad, or casually add nitrogen to your vegetables, this book is a must read. If it doesn’t save your life, it will certainly improve it.

Towards A National Food Plan

Draft notes for Queensland Conservation’s submission to aid in the development of a National Food Plan. The final draft was submitted by QC on 2.9.11… Introduction A National Food Plan is vital for… Continue reading

Honeybee Colony Collapse Disorder: Brought You By Bayer CropScience

It has recently been reported that due to the rise of colony collapse disorder in honeybees that within a few years this insect may be extinct in England. Read on…

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