Reminder that slugs are alway with us and will pounce as soon as it rains. More information on how nematodes work to conunter this pest – plus where to buy them!
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.
We are talking at various horticultural societies over the next 6 months. If you live near I’m sure you would be able to attend as a guest. Contact us and we’ll put you in touch with the secretary at the club.
Red spider Mite are tiny, highly destructive pests that are common in greenhouses and on house plants and can also be found on outdoor plants during the warmer summer months. Article and Video to tell you more about it.
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.
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.
We recommend Garlic Wonder for deterring ants and wireworms . It’s also has been reported to reduce aphids, blackfly, carrotfly, red spider mite, scale insects, thrips and whitefly.
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.
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.
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.