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…
Seven tips to help hungry hedgehogs survive

Seven tips to help hungry hedgehogs survive

Gardeners are being encouraged to look after hedgehogs this autumn as numbers continue to fall. Outdoors experts from GardenBuildingsDirect.com have researched ways British hedgehogs can be supported in gardens as young hoglets emerge this year. Last year hedgehog numbers stood at just one million, considerably lower than the 30 million recorded in the 1950s. Yet helping young hedgehogs is not…

Podcast 54: Alternatives to slug pellets

The Kitchen Garden Magazine Podcast – packed full of hints, tips and advice from the team. Is there an alternative to slug pellets? – We talk about controlling slugs naturally using Nemaslug Slug Killer, which contains natural nematodes that are effective at controlling slugs, but unlike chemical controls, are safe for children, pets, birds and wildlife. The nematodes in Nemaslug…