One of the delights of social media is that it’s quite easy to incorporate information from one place into another. Our vegetable production arm has its own web site which is all about Organic Vegetables in East Sussex.
It has its own blog that updates the details of what’s available when with information about what else is going on at the nursery. So thanks to the wonders of the internet you don’t have to go looking for it – you can find it here.
Why we started the Intelligent Garden
I first started gardening as a research student working on how plants grow. Then we bought a small holding in Shropshire for a while before we discovered computers and marketing. 20 years later we started selling plants on-line.
Expansion meant we needed premises - so we acquired a nursery with 2 acres of glasshouse and started growing organic vegetables again. By September 2008 we had our soil association certification and had started selling biological controls online.
Talking to people on farmer's markets I sense a real hunger for people to garden and produce their own food. And a real interest in local and pesticide free produce.
So we created the Intelligent Garden ito help you get the most from your garden by offering the knowledge, products and advice you need to work effectively with nature to release the intelligence in your garden.
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Reg Office The Glasshouses, Fletching Common, BN84JJ
The Intelligent Garden developed from our Organic Nursery at Fletching Glasshouses where we grow organic vegetables, sell plants as gifts on line and supply serious gardeners with organic pest controls and a few other items that we’ve found useful as growers and which will be useful for serious gardeners like yourelf.
If you want better vegetables, a natural environment or to learn to work with nature in a practical way – you’ve come home to the right place. You’ll discover how plants grow, what they need and how to make your garden into that vibrant outdoor space you want.
In The Intelligent Garden, Science works with Nature to create a space that gladdens the heart and lifts the soul.
You can enjoy some of our favourite gardens via pictures and videos with the odd recipe to delight the inner man. So join us on this exciting adventure. You can contact us on 0845 094 0407 or 01825 724282 – Dr Alan Rae – Fletching Glasshouses – 2014
. Since we wrote last we have been really busy finishing the biological controls road show, exhibiting at RHS Hampton Court and running a couple of open days. The first one was in June but we have another one coming up on Saturday as part of the NGS Fletching secret gardens day.
So I have been really busy strimming, marking off hazard areas, attending to the irrigation and putting up signs ahead of the great day. Not to mention writing my talk. I shall be presenting the reservoir and the wild life it has attracted.
This year we are taking our talk on biological organic pest controls on the road.
We use these in our own organic plant nursery for pest control and find them effective. The talk covers the use of the most common controls that we sell. These are
Nematodes to control slugs,
Various predators to tackle red spider mite
Encarsia wasps to combat white fly
Cryptolaemus (Australian ladybird) to tackle mealy bug
Ladybirds and Lacewings to eat aphids.
We are talking at various horticultural societies over the next 6 months. If you live near I’m sure you would be able to attend as a guest. Contact us and we’ll put you in touch with the secretary at the club.
February 5th Donnington Gardening Club, Chichester – 7.30
February 10th Cobham Gardening Club Kent, DA12 3BZ
March 1st Angmering Gardening Club
March 8th Marden Gardening Club
April 19th Staplehurst Gardening Club
April 28th Polegate Gardening Club
June 6th St Mary’s Gardening Club Lewes
October 2nd Sutton Valence Gardening Club.
We will post contact details for the individual events nearer the time.
These tiny, highly destructive pests are common in greenhouses and on house plants and can also be found on outdoor plants during the warmer summer months. In the greenhouse look out for them on citrus, tomatoes, cucumbers, melons, vines, carnations and chrysanthemums. Outdoors, you may find them on day lilies, gladioli, conifers and many tender plants .
There are some useful predators that can control them if you get to it early enough – Here is a video that tells you all about it
If you want more information or would like to buy some of the predators mentioned you can find all at our Ladybird Plantcare site.
As we go into the Spring, the birds and flowers are starting to wake up.
And so are the slugs.
Here at the glasshouses, we manage them using nematodes.
Nematodes are one of the most abundant creatures in the living soil. They are an essential part of the soil food web. Some of them feed on plants, some feed on dead organic matter, and others are parasites of other living organisms. Just as there are “bad bacteria” and “good bacteria” from the human perspective, so there are “bad nematodes” and “good nematodes” in the soil The nematodes that feed on living plant material can be considered to be “bad nematodes” – eg the potato eelworm. However nematodes that kill other plant pests are considered “good nematodes” – eg the nematode that kills slugs.
Parasitic nematodes seek out suitable hosts by swimming in the thin film of water on soil particles, locating hosts by detecting carbon dioxide and other waste products. Once they find a host, they enter the body cavity through any hole they can find. They carry bacteria which kills the host within hours, and the nematodes grow and reproduce within the ‘broth’, which they produce. The next generation of infective juveniles leaves the dead host, and moves in search of fresh hosts.
Nematodes multiply and spread providing that they have plenty of food, and the soil is warm and wet. The slugs die within a few days, and their bodies decompose underground. I have never actually had the time to go spotting the dead ones – all you get is a decline in damage.
In the glasshouses we get slugs pretty well all year round – they biggest victims are the winter lettuce and pak choi. So we treat in the autumn and early spring – whenever we have time.
The slugs do come back over time – possibly the eggs come in on the compost, possible from the damp areas around the walls, possibly from another area. If we don’t treat regularily,because we don’t have the labour, then this is what we find.
You can buy nematodes in an inert paste which can be mixed with water and poured on the ground with a watering can or hose. You can order them here.
If you would like to know more about this you will enjoy this little video about nematodes and slugs.
We are looking for someone with an interest in plants and a willingness to learn and follow directions. Must be physically fit, reliable and prepared to ‘muck in’. Will need to be living within travelling distance from BN8 4JJ […]
So the talk is based on our own experiences in controlling them ourselves. We’ve chopped the highlights up into a series of videos – one for each of these major pests. These combine slides with the chance to see some small videos we’ve taken of some of the pests and their predators in action so that if you’ve never had the chance to see the enemy face to face you can have the chance to get to know them. […]
We use SBI to control and reduce aphids, blackfly, red spider mite, scale insects and mealybug at our nursery at Fletching Glasshouses. We use it almost every other week and wet the plant thoroughly including the undersides of leaves where the aphids and crawlers like to lurk. […]
Horticultural Soft soap is a highly refined soap made from natural oils which acts as a contact insecticide with no residual effects once it has dried. It comes as a concentrate and if used at dilution of 30-50 x it will reduce the population and the breeding capabilities of pest […]
Currently causing problems for our customers is the glasshouse spider mite is known as “Red Spider Mites” they are actually better named “Two Spotted Mites”. When active they are pale greeny-brown in colour and can be recognised by the two 2 dark dots on their backs – they are only red in winter. […]