Category Archive: Weeds

Miscast Mistletoe: Environmental Health Indicators Hiding In Full View

“Parasites aren’t all bad, and mistletoes deserve a rethink. If you study them, you’ll discover that they’re fascinating Australian plants making a valuable contribution to the environment.”

Queensland Cucumber Mosaic Virus Alert

Cucumber mosaic virus is a threat to food security. Last year this highly destructive disease was identified on a farm near Bundaberg, and now it has been found on a Charters Towers watermelon farm.… Continue reading

Pride of Bolivia/ Shame of Queensland (Or How Civic Weed Trees Cost Ratepayers Twice)

Question: “Dear Jerry, This seed blew into my garden on this week’s westerlies. Any clues would be gratefully received. I have no intention of eating or planting it till I know more about… Continue reading

In Flower This Mid-winter’s Day At Bellis, Brisbane

For Brisbane to skip one winter is forgivable, but to skip two winters in a row seems somewhat careless. May was the hottest month on Earth since records began. June 2014 is the… Continue reading

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

Growing Australian Plants In London

When the Guardian published a few shots of Australian plants that can be grown in Britain, I had a flashback to my Australian-effect front garden in London.

Want Safer Streets, More Bees and Good Food? Grow Tamarind Trees, not African Tulip Trees

I’ve just made Dulce de Tamarindo from tamarind pods, a mouthwatering Mexican sweet that’s guaranteed to stimulate your tastebuds.

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

Acclimatisation, The Continuing Story

“With the right breeding and care, food plants have – so far – fed and sustained human civilisation”

Book Review: Medicinal Plants in Australia

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

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.

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