The War On Slugs – Part 1

Slugs, the one thing all gardeners can agree on. The bêtes noires of borders from Brighton to Birmingham? Right? Well, no, actually…
Here in the UK we have around 30 native species of slug, of which only four are pests. Who’d have thought these slimy critters came in so much variety? Some such as the almost-pretty leopard slug don’t eat live plants at all, instead preferring to eat other slugs and …Read More


Next to the peat issue, chemicals are probably the most emotive topic on the gardening front at the present time. Garden chemicals are basically either organic (derived from natural sources) or inorganic, though some compound fertilizers and insecticide mixtures can be a combination of both.
Those gardeners who prefer only to use chemicals of natural origin often shun those from any other source. It is quite possible to control most common pests …Read More


Shredding and composting vs burning

Shredding and composting v. burning. Most gardeners enjoy a good burn-up. There is something very satisfying about seeing a pile of rubbish reduced to a pile of ashes which can then be spread on the garden as a useful source of potash. Unfortunately, bonfires in recent years have become very unpopular, with smoke and smuts dirtying property and gases polluting the upper atmosphere.

The alternative to this is composting. Garden …Read More


Pests and diseases

Most of the trials and tribulations affecting other garden plants also affect those under glass, only worse, because the increased warmth and close atmosphere will encourage them. There are, however, many which are especially annoying in the greenhouse, the most common of which are listed in the table below.

Common Greenhouse Problems


Rotting flowers and buds, grey mould or discoloured blotches on leaves, stems and sometimes fruit
Spray with Benlate. Remove affected parts. …Read More

Fruit pests and diseases

Fruit pests and diseases

A whole book could be written on this subject alone. The problems that plague all types of fruit are so numerous and so likely to occur that it is better to take regular action before the trouble starts. If you use approved and recommended chemicals, according to the manufacturer’s instructions, the fruit should be quite safe to eat. Apart from viruses, which generally show up as distorted or mottled leaves …Read More