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Garlic (Allium sativum) is a member of the Alliaceae plant family and is closely related to onions, shallots, chives and leeks.

Four species of aphids on citrus are recorded in Australia but only two occur in Western Australia, the brown/black citrus aphid Toxoptera citricidus (Kirkaldy) and spiraea aphid, Aphis spiraecola (Patch).

Many new varieties of mandarins and tangors have become available in Western Australia with desirable traits for consumers such as few or no seeds and loose skin (easy peel).

Aquaculture is one of Australia’s fastest growing primary industries.

Recent improvements in technology, increased production capacity and more secure markets have resulted in greater opportunities in inland aquaculture.

Promoting your small business is essential.

Every small business should develop and maintain a brand and establish a unique selling point before choosing the best way to promote products to customers.

An efficient irrigator uses a systematic approach to ensure the irrigation system is delivering water evenly, that schedules meet plant demand, and fine-tunes irrigations to suit the soil and crop stage.

Chinese water chestnuts are a potential small crop for specialised markets for growers in warm temperate regions. A major problem is that the corms do not look attractive for marketing and many may be unsaleable.

If you run livestock, whether on a small scale or commercially, you need a biosecurity plan.

Brussels sprouts are the most cold tolerant of the brassica crops. They should be grown in well-drained soil and fertilised regularly.

They are susceptible to a range of pests and diseases and are hand-picked at harvest.

Spinach is a general term for certain vegetables and may refer to plants from five different families.

It is now commonly consumed in pre-prepared salad mixes which has increased demand from the traditional cooked vegetable.

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