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.
Healthy Plants resist pests up to a point. Companion planting can help, garlic washes and other organic treatments can be beneficial. But sometimes you just have to go on the offensive. It doesn’t matter how healthy the plants are – if there’s a pitch invasion of caterpillars they’re going to suffer unless you do something about it.
News of 2 new predators for Red Spider Mite, the predatory gall midge, Feltiella and californicus.
One of the things that you need to put some attention to in a commercial organic concern is managing weed control. You can either do it by hoeing, by planting the crops close together so that ultimately they will suppress the weeds as plants like chard do so well or you can use some kind of mulch that the weeds can’t get through.In our nursery we use a product called mypex.
In the middle of all this is a bed of Caliente Mustard. It’s one of those plants that secretes stuff from its roots that the bad guys in the soil don’t like – it’s kind of green manure with attitude. I’ve taken the liberty of photographing the notice so you can be fully informed.