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Beetles devouring our lilly pillies

Over 12 months ago I spotted a bright green beetle on the outside of the window. It was similar in size and shape to a ladybird, but instead of red and black it was bright green.  I took a photo, admired its shiny shell then promptly forgot about it.

The deck in our backyard is bordered by several lilly pillies which have been looking sparse.  I took a clipping to the local nursery and they suggested I spray the trees with EcoPest oil, an insecticide which uses paraffin oil as an active ingredient.  I did this, and repeated the process several weeks later in order to eliminate any pests which might have hatched since the initial spray. Hoping I’d eliminated the pest, a month or so later new growth appeared on the trees and they were starting to look healthy.  A few days after spotting the new growth, I noticed the leaves were being eaten again.  The pest oil hadn’t solved my problem. Then, one morning while enjoying breakfast in the sun I spot the culprit – one of the bright green beetles I’d been admiring a year earlier!

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Pallet Garden

At the end of last year I saw some vertical gardens on Pinterest made from old pallets. The idea appealed to me, and I decided to try making my own. Fortunately there was a spare pallet on the job site where my brother was working, so he brought it home for me to use.

There are plenty of guides on the internet explaining how to make one, including this one on the Bunnings website. I read a few guides and ended up taking ideas from several. Here’s the result!

This post has become quite lengthy, so I’ve divided it into four key sections:

  1. Prepare your pallet
  2. Fill the pallet with dirt
  3. Plant your garden
  4. Make it vertical

At the end you’ll also find some handy tips I’ve learnt after maintaining the garden for a year.  Post a comment if you build one of your own or have any feedback!

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Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

I started the day today exploring the area near our hotel in Shibuya.  Between our hotel and the station, there are lots of small streets packed with little restaurants and shops. Parts of it have a market feel, with small stall holders selling cheap clothes and shoes, while others are proper stores.

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Posted from Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan.