Nursery and Garden Industry Queensland Farm Management Systems Officer Barry Naylor talks plants.
Nursery and Garden Industry Queensland Farm Management Systems Officer Barry Naylor talks plants. MAX FLEET

Plant guide helps turn a new leaf

BUNDABERG green thumbs will have resources right at hand to help them make wise plant choices, after yesterday’s launch of the Grow Me Instead Sub Tropics guide and website.

The booklet identifies 30 pest plants commonly found in gardens and suggests five non-invasive alternatives to grow instead.

“It only takes one seed of an invasive plant to get out into a natural system and it takes over — crowding out the flora and fauna that used to populate that area,” Grow Me Instead co-ordinator Mr Barry Naylor said.

“The key message is about taking personal responsibility for appropriate non-invasive plant choices.”

He said, if gardeners had an invasive plant in their garden but did not want to remove it, they could prevent it spreading by removing fruits and seeds so they did not grow.

Three guides were published by Nursery and Garden Industry Queensland with assistance from state government initiative Caring For Our Country, one for each climate region of the state.

The Sub Tropic guide was launched at the Bundaberg campus of Wide Bay TAFE. Growers can also click onto the website www.growmeinstead.com.au for information on suitable plants for their area.



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