Fletching Glasshouses

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.

Company Registration 5003969
Vat Registration: 826 8892 74
Reg Office The Glasshouses, Fletching Common, BN84JJ

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SB Plant Invigorator

SB Plant Invigorator

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. […]

Minor Nutrients and Minerals

The remaining minerals a plant needs are Sulphur plus a string of trace elements. These are Iron, Manganese, Copper, Zinc, Boron, Chlorine, Molybdenum and Nickel. Deficiency of any of these can lead to disease and a few trace elements are toxic if present in excess. Generally speaking these are not detectable by the kits available to amateur gardeners and in practice even commercial growers send samples away to be tested professionally. […]

Calcium and Magnesium – now what are they for

Getting at the details of what Magnesium and Calcium actually do are quite tricky because most gardening books tell you what happens if they’re not there and leave it at that. So after a bit of sleuthing this is what we came up with. Calcium binds the cell wall together and Magnesium makes Chlorophyll work. Plus the come free with the deal when you lime with carbonate to fix the soil pH. […]

Brewing comfrey tea – it’s #organic

For those who like doing things for themselves, one way of feeding the plants is to make your own liquid fertiliser. You can do this quite simply by using deep rooted plants like comfrey and nettles. These not only are high in potassium and nitrogen but also concentrate trace minerals from the subsoil. It’s really quite easy. You can buy one or more of those 50/75 litre waterbutts they have in B&Q or Homebase plus a tap for them. Fill it up with freshly cut roughly chopped comfrey and nettles (we sometimes put thistles in ours too) and then fill it up with water. Leave for 3-6 weeks – then dilute and use […]

How do I test my soil

Video to demonstrate what you need to do to test your soil with a soil testing kit. Covers pH and Nitrogen, Potassium and Phosphate. […]

What plants do with Potassium

So if you don’t have enough potassium, the plant will be stunted, it won’t elongate properly and it will go yellow. The reason it doesn’t flower is because it’s sick and the plant hormones that actually induce flowering aren’t made or released properly. […]

Why plants need phosphate

Why plants need phosphate is something that’s answered really poorly in most gardening books. You usually find something lame about it being necessary to promote rooting and flowering – especially as the best that can be said about deficiency is that the plants grow slowly without it and that they may show purple colouration in older leaves in some species. Here’s the Biochemistry. Phosphate is what the cells use for money. […]

Plant Science Nutrients 1 – Nitrogen

The Intelligent Garden is keen to help you understand a the basics of plant science so you can get the most out of growing your plants and designing your garden. One of the key things is to understand the basis of fertility.

Plants need nutrients – the big 3 are Nitrogen, Phosphate and Potassium – Known as NPK for short – followed closely in importance by Calcium, Magnesium and Sulphur. Then there are a number of minor elements known as micronutrients which we’ll discuss later.

Today, however we’re going to focus on Nitrogen

Nitrogen is a key building block in […]

How fertile is your soil?

In order to grow effectively plants need to be able to get adequate supplies of nutrients and water so that they can develop without a check. Let’s face it as gardeners or indeed as commercial growers, a lot of what we do is aimed at making this so.

Adding nutrients to the soil (or hydroponic media 😉 ) as compost, well rotted manure or fertiliser. Removing weeds that are competing for the nutrients, protecting the soil from drying out and conditioning the soil by adding organic matter and beneficial organisms like Mycorrhiza are all part of our daily and weekly […]