Pests, Diseases & Weeds

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Want to rid your garden of pesky slugs?

Want to rid your garden of pesky slugs? ‘Citizen scientists’’ gardening experiment reveals any beer will do A nationwide experiment has revealed that the old myth of slugs being attracted to beer is in fact true, with lager and bitter proving to be the most effective drinks for successfully trapping those pesky garden pests. Up and down the country members of horticultural charity, Garden Organic, have been testing slug trapping methods as part of its annual citizen science experiments. Results […]

Knotweed: A Property Menace

There has long been a real concern regarding the dangers of a British garden dweller, although it’s probably not what you would expect. While it hasn’t got sharp claws or long fangs, and isn’t going to attack you in the middle of the night, this devil-in-disguise can pose quite the risk to your livelihood; in particular, your home. Knotweed, commonly known as Asian or Japanese knotweed, is a large, herbaceous perennial plant that has successfully established itself in and around […]

Battling with Bugs in your Garden

Our friends at Compost Direct have compiled another must-read article, this time it is about dealing with those pesky insects which can leave us gardeners extremely frustrated. Here are the top 10 most common pests in our gardens and greenhouses (according to the RHS):

Pesticide-Free Gardening

“Many gardeners have an aversion to chemicals. These gardeners may be devoted to pesticide-free growing, want to plant (and eat) edibles, or simply like the thought of keeping flower beds naturally healthy. Whatever the reason, there are key steps you can take to get and keep the pesticides out of your garden.” KELLY ROBERSON Source: Fix.com

Controlling Japanese Knotweed: Save Your Property And Your Pocket

Matthew Jones and his fiancée Sue Banks had the value of their new four-bedroom house in Broxbourne, Hertfordshire drop from £305,000 to £50,000 as a result of the damage caused by Japanese Knotweed. The intruder spread along the brick walls, up through the floor and over skirting boards, the couple who had twins eight months ago have to demolish the house and remove 10 feet of soil from under the building. Sounds terrible? The fact is Japanese Knotweed is able […]

Vegetable Pests and Diseases

Growing vegetables is never trouble free but if know what is wrong you have a better chance of eradicating it and, hopefully, save your affected vegetables. This is a comprehensive article giving lots of detail on how to deal with most garden pests and diseases which affect vegetables. Most vegetables are covered but if you need specific information about a particular crop drop me a line and I’ll add it to the article. You can read the whole article by […]

Pear Rust

This week at the allotment I noticed the Pear Tree had bright orange spots on the leaves. I had never seen anything like it before so I took a couple of affected leaves home and did some research. The best website by far for researching garden pests and plant diseases is The Royal Horticultural Society; you can always trust their advice. What I found out is that my Pear has European Pear Rust which is a fungal disease affecting Pears […]