One of the key principles of the Intelligent Garden is working with nature to control pests.
A good way of doing this is to use predators to bring the pests back into balance. For instance we might use nematodes to control slugs and vine weevils or ladybird larvae to eat aphids.
Our sister site, Ladybird Plant Care have a long and proven record of supplying gardeners and small growers with biological controls for their gardens, allotments, conservatories, greenhouses and polytunnels.
We ourselves grow 2 acres of organic vegetables under glass at Fletching Glasshouses in Sussex and our nursery is certified organic by The Soil Association.
Over the last few years we have seen more and more people to biological pest control as a way of protecting their plants and because it works they have continued to use this approach.
In a natural ecosystem nearly every creature is food for something else and biological pest control is the act of boosting the population of a a pest’s naturally occurring predators. Because these predators are already all around us they are completely safe to children, poets and native wild-life.
Many of these predators are invisible to the naked eye so not many people have seen them. However our support staff have made some videos so that you can see what they look like an how they act.
We will be showing you these over the next few posts.