Posts Tagged ‘richards’

More tips on dealing with pests in the garden (Wally Richards)

The tomato/potato psyllid has caused a few headaches for gardeners when the populations of this relatively new pest build up and they affect not only potatoes and tomatoes but also a number of other host plants such as tamarillo, capsicum,, chili and peppino. The nymphs are so small and you need a magnifying glass to […]


Gardening should be a pleasant pastime and not just another chore that has to be done. If you find it a chore then maybe there are too many things you are doing and the pleasure of working with plants and the soil is lost. There are things that we gardeners must do to keep everything […]


As we close the door on the year 2023 and look to a new year in front of us and interesting times that lay ahead. Let us hope that people are not so naive as they now know better; the world is not like we thought it was; from our comfort zone and it has […]

Dealing with stressed plants in your garden (Wally Richards)

Stress affects plants as well as all life forms as far as I am aware. We suffer stress in our day to day lives and this time of the year is especially stressful for some people. As there are different forms of stress which humans can be affected by, there are also different forms of […]

David Richards – Shakespeare was a Freemason

(Picture – The Shakespeare Monument erected in 1740. The crossed legs have a Rosicrucian significance. Shakespeare is pointing to the word Temples. A Masonic Temple is a room where a Masonic Lodge meets.) The West has been saturated in Satanism without even knowing it.  Shakespeare was the founder (or pen name) for a school of […]

Pestie Pests in the garden (Wally Richards)

Insects that eat, or feed off, our garden plants we call them pest insects but they are just part of the Natural World we live in and if there were no pest insects then that would also be the end of the beneficial insects that live by eating the ones we call pests. Unfortunately there […]

Gardening: What to plant & when (Wally Richards)

With a great number of first time gardeners growing their own vegetables, a question that I am often asked is; when is the best time to plant various crops? This is a difficult question to answer as conditions vary greatly in different parts of the country. To make matters more complicated, you can have a […]

‘GARDENING WITH WALLY RICHARDS’ (Wally’s new book, release – 8 Dec 2023)

It’s been a busy spring with lots of new and not so new gardeners returning to grow some vegetables and flowers for pleasure. Doing the gardening show with Rodney Hide on Radio Reality Check has increased the phone calls to my 0800 number with a number of people saying that they have listened to the […]


I was asked a very interesting question a while back which went like this, ‘How come my parents and grandparents had such bountiful gardens? Everything thrived and I never saw any great problems with pests and diseases, but on the other hand I have to use fertilisers and sprays just to maintain a mediocre garden. […]

Growing giants by encouraging your children to garden (Wally Richards)

We need to encourage our children and grandchildren to appreciate Nature by including them in some gardening activities. I believe that young children have a natural infinity with plants and insects when they are allowed to explore our gardens. Children learn many things by mimicking their parents and are often keen at a young age […]

A gardening checklist, heading into Summer (Wally Richards)

Now that we are halfway through Spring and quickly heading to Summer (December) there is a fair bit to do in our gardens so lets run a check list in case some things are missed. It will depend on what you have in your gardens as to whether any or all things aspects concern you. […]


It is that time when fruit is setting and soon to be attacked from the grubs of moths; Codlin and Guava. Guava moth is mostly in the upper north island but there has been a few cases in other areas likely as a result of fruit been brought south from infected areas. So share with […]

Pollinating your plants (Wally Richards)

I wrote an article on pollination and published in February this year as a number of gardeners were concerned that fruit was not setting and in particular zucchini and pumpkins and now we have a new season in front of us it would be a good time to repeat the subject. Besides there are a […]


Several years ago in the place where I was living; I had given over the back yard to a flock of chickens which made it awkward to grow vegetables in that area. Being a back section down a long driveway I decided to construct a raised garden in the end of the turning bay. A […]

More tomato growing tips (Wally Richards)

I wrote a bit about tomato growing recently and since then I have realized there are more things worth knowing to be successful and have a great crop. There hundreds of different tomato types available world wide, red fruit, black fruit, even green fruit that are green when fully ripe. Sizes vary from the size […]

Bringing the ocean to your garden (Wally Richards)

The first thing too realize is that plants will take up any minerals or elements that are in the growing medium along with any chemicals. For instance you avoid growing vegetables next to an older house as there is a likelihood of lead in the soil from lead paints used in the past on the […]


Many gardeners will know the trick of planting a tomato plant deep into the soil right up to if not beyond the first set of leaves. The reason is that the plant will create roots all the way up the trunk which is buried, making for a bigger root system and a better plant. In […]

Tomato Psyllid problems in your garden (Wally Richards)

True to form spring started on the 1st September across New Zealand and with it a surge in gardeners visiting gardening shops and buying up plants and stuff to get under way in their gardens. Now at the beginning of the season is a good time to review previous articles on the Tomato/potato psyllid that […]

WORM FARMING (Wally Richards)

Many years ago I learnt about worm farming and how to turn kitchen wastes into rich foods for the garden. A Palmerston North firm of Plastic Moldings started producing what I think was the first NZ made available worm farm in NZ called Worm-a-Round. I purchase one from their factory (and later on a second […]


August for my money is the start of a new growing season, the day light hours are increasing every day plus dormant plants and trees are waking up. Time waits for no man and so the quicker we get started the better; the sooner we will be rewarded with the fruits of our endeavors. Already […]

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