Author Archives: The Intelligent Gardener

About The Intelligent Gardener

Dr Alan Rae studied Biochemistry and carried out research on plant growth at the University of Oxford. He had a small-holding in Shropshire for 10 years in the 70s and 80s but has spent most of his working life applying IT and the internet to small business growth and marketing. 6 years ago he set up Free Spirits Ltd with his wife and long term business partner Isobel. They sell plants and biological controls online and are Soil Association certified organic growers of vegetables from their Nursery, Fletching Glasshouses. Alan is currently Horticultural Workforce Champion for the South East Region.

Sciarid Fly – a greenhouse pest

By | February 21, 2017

Sciarid Fly is a particular pest in Greenhouses active in the early months of the year. This post tells you a bit about them and what you can do to get rid of them. It also invites you to express an interest in being kept informed as to when specific nematode controls will be available.

Springtime on the horizon – growth in the garden – and pests.

By | February 24, 2015

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.