Know your pests #1 Red Spider Mite

By | November 19, 2014

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.

Biological Pest Control

By | November 12, 2014

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.

What’s going on at Fletching Glasshouses

By | February 5, 2014

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… Read More »

Visit to TableHurst farm

By | March 18, 2013

Yesterday I visited Tablehurst farm near here as part of a group organised by the Food academics group at the local universities. This is a community supported agriculture scheme run by a co-op of around 600 local people. The organiser is active on the management team but in his day job is prof of land… Read More »

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.