All you need on how to garden
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.