Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Flowers Add Buzz to Edible Gardens; Gardening with Chelsea Van Rijn of the Trevallan Lifestyle Centre

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Flowers Add Buzz to Edible Gardens; Gardening with Chelsea Van Rijn of the Trevallan Lifestyle Centre

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GROW your own has become a huge phenomenon. Everybody seems to be growing their own herbs, fruit and vegetables. It makes me really happy to know that so many people are getting out in their gardens, whether it be potted or in ground, and enjoying the feel of earth between their fingers.

I'm a little worried about this phenomenon too.

The huge popularity of growing your own coupled with recent climatic conditions has led to a decline in people buying flowering plants.

Did you know that bees pollinate over a third of the food we eat? So while they may be a scary nuisance for some, they are an essential element in the circle of life.

Colony Collapse Disorder is causing bee populations to plummet, which means these foods are also at risk.

Without getting into a debate on GM crops, it is believed two of the main reasons for the decline are due to chemical pesticide use and habitat loss.

Some toxic pesticides meant to kill the bad bugs in our gardens can actually harm the bees that are so important to our environment. Over the years, Australia has banned many of these harmful pesticides.

Luckily for gardeners, there are alternatives. These alternatives are completely organic and don't harm bees or any other good bugs but do harm the bad bugs. Trevallan Lifestyle Centre has a great range of organic pesticides that are safe to use on your edibles and ornamentals. …

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