• January Sale - Check out what has been reduced in the January Sale - CLICK HERE
  • PRE-ORDER Nematodes - ALL of our Nematodes including Nemaslug are avaiable to pre-order for delivery in the SpringCLICK HERE
  • Use Sb Invigorator NATURAL Spray to control pests in unheated greenhouses / conservatories during the winter CLICK HERE
  • For the greenhouse - Use Garlic Candles and Citrox Natural Disinfectant to clear your greenhouse of pests - CLICK HERE
  • Plastic-free seed sowing - Replace plastic pots with Coir Pellets, Coir Pots or soil blocks made with our Soil Block Maker CLICK HERE
   

Help and advice

Green Gardener Help and Advice

  • Harlequin Ladybirds

    One of the things I get the most questions about at this time of year is Harlequin Ladybirds, so I thought I would answer some of these questions as a BLOG about how to identify them, why they are a problem, what to do with them if you find them...
  • Customer Question - Are VW Traps safe for ladybirds etc?

    Q. "The word traps worries me. Does this mean that ladybirds, bees etc could also get caught in these? I have a lot of ladybirds in my garden and would not like to kill any of them." P J Loyd A. Thanks for the message and it is called a...
  • Customer Question - Is SB Invigorator safe for bees?

    "Hi, just brought some live ladybirds from you which I’ve successfully released - brilliant thanks. Just wondered if your SB Invigorator spray is safe for bees etc. I suspect not if it effective against aphids etc. But thought I’d try. The ladybirds will definitely help but a couple of our...
  • Metaldehyde slug pellets banned

    Last year the government announced that slug pellets containing metaldehyde are to be banned, so from June this year they will no longer be on sale. DEFRA said that "metaldehyde poses an unacceptable risk to birds and mammals" and it is believed to be one of the reasons for a...
  • Customer Question - Lemon Tree Leaves Curling

    Q. "I have a lemon tree and leaves curling. What is best pest spray for that and a general all around one? Someone told me washing up liquid and water? i'm sure you have better? I have attached a picture which I hope will help" thanks liz ellerton A. Thanks for...
  • Customer Question - Honeysuckle attack!

    Q. "Honeysuckle attack! This happened last year, and this year I thought my honeysuckle was looking healthy until I noticed the leaves curling and the young flower buds are covered in what I presume are aphids. There are so many that I haven’t tried picking them off by hand and...
  • Customer Question - Ladybird care query?

    Q. "Hello, I am expecting a delivery of a ladybird barn and some adult ladybirds. The barn will be place next to a rose which experiences aphid infestation. How often should I feed the ladybirds with the food you provide/sell?  Is there provision in the barn to apply the food...
  • Customer Question - Dealing with Aphids and Whitefly?

    Q. "What’s the best way of getting rid of a variety of pests in the conservatory? The green and whitefly are going mad, though have tried to keep on top of them with SB invigorator. I have some large citrus plants so it’s difficult to cover top and bottom of...
  • Customer Question - Slugs in a composter?

    Q."Which product would be the best thing to use in my composter which has a lot of slugs in it?" Sally Parfitt A. Thanks for the message and Nemaslug Slug Killer is the best solution to slugs and is safe to add to your composter. Water it 1st, add the Nemaslug...
  • Customer Question - Ordering for Schools

    Q. "Hi - Would you accept a local authority purchase order from a school? All payments, once authorised by the school are passed to Devon County Council for payment by BACS." Regards Sarah Kershaw - Bidwell Brook School A. Thanks for the message and as long as they are official...

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