Category Archives: Inspiration

This is where we talk about permaculture, philosophy and show examples of gardens we like – plus some stories about what we’re doing ourselves.

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.

Three powerful reasons to grow organic.

By | January 31, 2013

The more organic matter in the soil the better it retains moisture. Each 1% of organic matter in the soil will retain 168,000 litres per hectare. That’s of course hard to visualise. What it means is 4 cubic meters for a standard 10 pole allotment or 14 kilos per square meter. So 5% organic matter in the soil will hold 70 kilos of water per square meter. Substantially more than the body weight of a model like Kate Moss.

The great nematode famine.

By | January 9, 2013

Despite at least three or four nights when the temperature here has gone down to -5C before Christmas, the little blighters are still flourishing like the green bay tree and homing in on the Pak Choy and Tatsoi with knives and forks in hand. We are going to be under siege for months to come.