Real World Gardener Beat the Grasshopper in Plant Doctor

December 30th, 2014

REAL WORLD GARDENER Wed. 5pm 2RRR 88.5fm Sydney, streaming live at and Across Australia on the Community Radio Network.<?xml:namespace prefix = "o" />


The complete CRN edition of RWG is available on , just click on 2RRR to find this week’s edition. The new theme is sung by Harry Hughes from his album Songs of the Garden. You can hear samples of the album from the website


with Steve Falcioni from

Has anyone experienced grasshoppers eating the lot in their garden?

Long Horned Grasshopper in Bromeliad photo M Cannon

proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2F1.bp.blogspot.comThey are tiny little eating machines!!

Some gardeners have discovered that the best chemical-free method for getting rid of grasshoppers is to simply take off their thongs and smack the little blighters.

If you were to follow this plan of attack you’d be at it 24/7 and would end up demolishing every plant in your garden and you’d have to be fast!

Is there a way to get rid of them without nasty chemicals?

The eggs pupate in bare patches of soil, sometime for years, then hatch out when the rain and warm weather arrives.

So many grasshoppers eating tomato leaves and flowers and indeed most plants' every morning-even your orchids!

You can let your chickens into the veggie patch to try and curb the infestation, but grasshoppers can jump very high, either into or out of that same patch.

There’s no need to go out on a killing spree because the grasshoppers will beat you every time.Go for that neem oil.

If you have any questions about your grasshoppers or a photo, send it in to or write in to 2RRR P.O. Box 644 Gladesville NSW 1675.

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