Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Environmentality 17 December 2014, Jodi Jackson, My Everyday Garden - Organic pest control

This week was a little blast from the recent past with Leanne joining the show for the first time since August. Leanne couldn’t resist coming in and speaking with Jodi one last time this year. It was a great show, as usual, with the theme of the show being garden pests and control solutions for the everyday gardener. Click here for a listen.

This blog is probably going to look more like a Christmas catalogue promotion of potential Christmas gifts for all you green thumbs out there but hey, I’ve seen them first hand and I wouldn’t mind receiving them myself!
During the first music break today, Jodi showed us some amazing macro photographs she has taken on her iPhone, yes that’s right, iPhone. Jodi showed us a little device you attach to the top right corner of the phone that sits over the camera lens which give you a 10x zoom instantly. Along with the zoom, the little device also comes with a fish-eye and wide angle lens all in one. So for all your little bug shots take a look at this olloclip. And, if you want to check out some of Jodi’s photos using the said device, check out Jodi Instagram feed @everydayinthegarden (some photos below). FYI - Environmentality will be looking at getting an Instagram account in the New Year so look out for that.
Jodi's photo
Another one of Jodi's photos
Jodi brought in some books for us to flick through today and also recommend to our listeners. Both books are well worth getting your hands on so I’ve provided the details below.
Natural Control of Garden Pests by Jackie French
What Garden Pest or Disease Is That? by Judy McMaugh

Some other links that we promised to include are to some information about whitefly’s main predator Encarsia formosa as well as a link to Jodi’s insect hotels which you can use to attract Encarsia formasa to your garden. Mind you, if you have the materials and the enthusiasm you can build them yourself and they don’t have to be as extravagant as the ones Jodi makes J

We also said we would add a photo of the curl grub aka cockchafer  and some additional info on them.
Curl Grubs. image from
Ok now that all the promotions are out of the way (PLEASE NOTE: Environmentality does not receive any kick-backs…but we wish we did!) all of us at Environmentality would like to say thanks for listening and we wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

We will be back better than ever in the New Year so keep on tuning in beginning from the 7th January when we speak to Executive Director of Zero Emissions Matthew Wright, something to look forward to while you’re having a relaxing holiday.

Music tracks:

Gone Gone Gone by Phillip Phillips

Distance by Beaches

Follow The Sun by Xavier Rudd

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