Coping with pests: two-legged rats

Coping with pests: two-legged rats

What happened to my allotment is a reminder that it’s not just animal and insect pests we have to worry about in our gardens – humans can be a problem as well. Bob Flowerdew refers to such anti-social individuals as ‘two-legged rats’. Despite a lock on the gate, my...
Non-Toxic Slug Control for your Garden

Non-Toxic Slug Control for your Garden

There are many ways you can keep your slug population under control without resorting to toxic slug pellets: Encourage beneficial wildlife in your garden – from insects right through to frogs and hedgehogs. Make sure that you have a range of habitats available. Wild...
Sárpo spuds

Sárpo spuds

Back at the end of May, I picked up two bags of Sárpo Mira seed potatoes, discounted at the garden centre as it was past prime spud-planting time. When I went to GIY UK two months later, I still hadn’t found time to plant them. It was there that I met Dr David Shaw,...
Not to scale

Not to scale

Doesn’t time fly? It seems like just yesterday that my lemon tree was just a pip, salvaged from one of those nasty bags of salad you sometimes get with Indian takeaways. But that was back in 2007, and my lemon tree has just celebrated its 6th birthday. It hasn’t had...
How to repel pests with plants

How to repel pests with plants

Now that the arbor is up, I need to think about surrounding it with plants. I have climbing achocha and mashua which might (hopefully) provide some shade. Once you’ve eliminated the possibility of heat stroke, you’re left with that other perennial summer problem –...

Ash to ashes

The discovery of ash die back disease in the British population of ash trees has been in the news a lot lately. I hadn’t been paying too much attention, as I have had my mind on other things, and I wouldn’t recognise an ash tree if I walked past one! But the situation...

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