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  • 10 things about Solitary Bees

    10 things about Solitary Bees Mason Bees almost never sting. Mason Bees do not produce honey, but are vital in the garden as very effective pollinators. Bees are responsible for pollinating about 1/3 of our food supply. The bee population is declining. This is being blamed on the use of...
  • Watering Soil Blocks made with a Soil Block Maker

    Q. The compost block maker. Surely, when you water the compost/seedlings, won’t the block collapse? From Sue by email A. Thanks for the message and once the compost is compressed as a very wet lump of compost and allowed to dry a bit it is remarkably stable, so then normal...
  • Mulch Borders NOW

    Save 10% on Slug Gone Wool Pellets for Mulching Borders! Mulching your borders in the autumn i.e. NOW makes the garden look better, protects the roots of your plants from the worst of the winter weather, suppresses weeds and helps reduce slugs and snail activity in the spring. Slug Gone...
  • Customer Question about Waspinators

    "Good morning please can you let me know how long your waspinator lasts and also what is the shelf life."  Thanks Ron Bailey Thanks for the message and the Waspinator is a non-perishable item that repels wasps by mimicking a wasp nest - wasps being territorial, will avoid areas where other...
  • Customer Question - Where have all the ladybird gone?

    "Where have all the ladybirds gone and is it safe to introduce them now? My sweetpeas are covered with aphids." from Rowan Ross by email Thanks for the message and we only supply native ladybirds, so in theory you could introduce them all year round, but we normally supply them...
  • Being Waterwise in Drought Conditions

    I know it is not drought like condition in the whole of the UK, but it is being reported that this could be the hottest summer for 350 years and that the very hot conditions could continue for at least another 5 weeks. In these conditions it is important to...
  • Applying Nemaslug and soil temperatures

    Q. "I wonder if you can clarify somethings about the temperature this works at. On the website it says that it needs a temperature of 5 degrees C. I presume this means that it needs a temperature above 5 degrees C? But I'm confused - it also says to keep...
  • Applying Nemaslug with cold weather forecast?

      Q. "I’ve just received my first batch of Nemaslug, but the weather is now forecast to become colder again. Should I delay applying it until warmer conditions - hopefully after next week? Would the nemaslug be best kept in the refrigerator meanwhile?" Regards, B T Roe A. Thanks for...
  • w/c 05/03/2018 - Weather Update and Nematode Deliveries

    Weather update - The cold weather means that the soil is likely to be too cold for nematodes, so we are delaying all of the nematode pre-orders for a week. If you pre-ordered Nemaslug / Nemasys for dispatch w/c 05/03/2018 it will now be sent NEXT Week i.e. w/c 12/03/2018...
  • Identifying Harlequin Ladybirds

    One of the things I get the most questions about is Harlequin Ladybirds, so I thought I would dedicate this blog to them - how to identify them, why they are a problem, what to do with them if you find them in your garden and how to help our...

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