All you need on how to gar­den

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS -

HOME gar­den­ers want­ing the lat­est in­for­ma­tion on prob­lem plant pests and dis­eases can catch up with biose­cu­rity ex­perts at the up­com­ing Perth Gar­den Fes­ti­val, from April 27 to 30 at McCal­lum Park.

Biose­cu­rity staff from the Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture and Food will be avail­able at the event to talk about a range of biose­cu­rity matters, in­clud­ing the to­mato potato psyl­lid, Euro­pean wasp and pest re­port­ing tools.

Depart­ment se­nior re­searcher Dar­ryl Hardie said of­fi­cers were look­ing for­ward to meet­ing with home gar­den­ers to dis­cuss pri­or­ity plant pests and show how they could sup­port WA agri­cul­tural in­dus­tries.

“Perth has re­cently had an in­cur­sion of the to­mato potato psyl­lid, which at­tacks a range of veg­etable crops,” he said.

“Home gar­den­ers in Perth need to be aware that move­ment re­stric­tions are in place for a range of veg­eta­bles, such as to­mato, cap­sicum, chilli, egg­plant and tamar­illo, to help stop the spread of this pest.”

Dr Hardie said the depart­ment was also work­ing hard with the com­mu­nity to stop the estab­lish­ment of Euro­pean wasps in Western Aus­tralia, through sur­veil­lance and con­trol ac­tiv­i­ties.

The depart­ment’s biose­cu­rity dis­play will in­clude a Euro­pean wasp nest, to­mato potato psyl­lid sur­veil­lance traps and ex­am­ples of pests to watch out for in the home and gar­den.

Depart­ment devel­op­ment of­fi­cer Laura Fagan said an in­ter­ac­tive iPad dis­play fea­tur­ing the MyPestGuide Re­porter and MyWeedWatcher apps would demon­strate how the pub­lic can help report pests and weeds.

More in­for­ma­tion on the Perth Gar­den Fes­ti­val is avail­able on www.perth­gar­den­fes­ti­val.com.

Rob Emery and Laura Fagan will of­fer the lat­est in­for­ma­tion for home gar­den­ers.

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