Review: How to grow Organic

Creating and maintaining a beautiful garden that is safe and natural is becoming increasingly popular as we begin to understand the benefits of adopting an organic way of life. This guide is an indispensable guide to using organic methods to create flourishing ornamental and wildlife gardens. There is also a vital section on kitchen gardening that reflects our growing interest…

Pests and diseases

Slugs and snails Enemy number one for most vegetable growers, slugs and snails, love damp conditions and thrive in a warm, wet summer. Crops affected: Virtually any crop –snails above ground, slugs both above and below soil level. Worst affected are brassicas, carrots, potatoes, seedlings. Symptoms: Nibbled leaves and roots can be confused with other pests such as caterpillars. Look…
Ten facts about nematodes

Ten facts about nematodes

Nematodes are microscopic worms found naturally in the soil which can be applied  to tackle different pests To mark the 25th anniversary of Nemaslug, here are ten amazing things about nematodes: · Nematode means ‘thread like’ in Greek. They were first identified in 1758 and there are around 25,000 known species, although there could be over a million. · Visible…
Talking pests and diseases

Talking pests and diseases

The RHS John MacLeod Annual Lecture is held every autumn and provides a platform for key horticultural issues An audience of RHS members, scientists, policymakers and the media is invited each year to hear luminaries of the scientific world speak on major research projects or new areas of thought. This year’s lecture, by Professor Nicola Spence, offered an overview of…