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…
Worms you don't want

Worms you don’t want

The invasive New Zealand flatworm is entrenched in the north of the country, and slithering south. Gaby Bartai talks to the research team who are on its track By the time you find your first New Zealand flatworm, it’s too late. Lurking under stones, planks or pots, they keep a low profile, but they are impossible to eradicate and their…
Go wild for worms!

Go wild for worms!

Learn how you can help your garden worms to thrive Gardeners are being urged to create a more welcoming habitat for worms in this year’s Wild About Gardens challenge from the RHS and The Wildlife Trusts – Go Wild for Worms. The UK has 29 species of worm, and they are vital for good soil structure and fertility, turning the…

Fun, frogs and slow worms!

Nicky & Sarah & The Jet Guerillas are a gardening group based in West Sussex, formed to improve their local community through gardening We have a small allotment not far from where we live in Shoreham By Sea. We were given the keys by a lovely lady called Pat who runs the allotment site. Our plot sits to the side…
Help track the New Zealand flatworm

Help track the New Zealand flatworm

Scientists are asking gardeners to help them discover how far the New Zealand flatworm has spread in the UK… …and what effect it is having on the environment. Introduced on imported plant material in the 1960s, the New Zealand flatworm eats our native earthworms, which are essential to healthy soils and food chains. The survey, which is being coordinated by…