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The Big Bug Hunt: How to Prevent Common Garden Pests Damaging Your Crops [video]

June 27th, 2017 | The flower garden, The vegetable garden | 0 Comments

Prevent Common Garden PestsPests are an inevitable garden presence, they’re frustrating but it’s important to not get too irritated. It’s just another gardening challenge to overcome. This post looks into how to prevent common garden pests.

  • Slugs and snails are the bane of many gardens, they demolish leaves.
  • Prevent them by putting up barriers. Copper rings around the base of plants will deter them from nibbling at leaves by giving them a small electric shock.
  • Eggshells are also a great way to prevent slugs and snails from attacking your leaves.
  • Beer traps are another effective method, slugs will be attracted to the yeasty scent and will drown attempting to get to the scent.
  • Installing a pond in your garden can attract frogs; they are great at eating pests in the garden and steering them clear of your plants.
  • Cabbage white butterflies (cabbage worms) carry an appetite for the cabbage family.
  • Stop them laying eggs by laying butterfly netting over your plants. This can be draped over a simple wooden frame. Ensure it’s well secured.
  • Planting decoy plants at the end of a row can protect your important plants from the cabbage butterflies.
  • Aphids can attack your vegetables.
  • Spray colonies of aphids with soapy water, this offers some control.
  • Many bugs feast on these like ladybugs and hover flies. You’ll need to attract beneficial bugs, which can be done with particular plants and bug hotels.

These are just a few tips and tricks that you can put into practice, keeping your garden pest free. The video below discusses further advice and introduces the Big Bug Hunt. Find out more on the Big Bug Hunt site. If you have any pest prevention techniques you would like to share, please let us know in the comments below. 

The Big Bug Hunt: How to Prevent Common Garden Pests Damaging Your Crops

Help fellow gardeners to keep those pests away, the Big Bug Hunt is on!

January 30th, 2017 | News, The flower garden, The vegetable garden | 0 Comments


Big Bug Hunt - Butterfly

Butterflies help pollinate some crops when they visit open flowers to sip nectar.

At Mr Fothergill’s we are also keen gardeners.  There is nothing more devastating in the vegetable plot than an attack of ‘bad bugs’ and we are always keen to figure out ways to encourage ‘good bugs’ by creating good environments for pollinators in the garden.

We think it would be great to know when pests are going to attack and finally there may be a new solution.

A major international science project plans to help you do exactly that by collecting information about garden bug behaviour with the aim of notifying gardeners when pests are heading their way.

Organisers of The Big Bug Hunt are inviting gardeners from across the country to report sighting of bugs as they appear. The project has already found patterns of when and how key pests spread – but more reports will speed up development of the final pest-alert system. The aim is to provide gardeners with early-warning emails when pests are heading their way – great news for organic gardeners relying on preventative measures to outwit pests!

This research isn’t easy and The Big Bug Hunt team has major plans for the coming year as they examine how different weather patterns affect the way pests spread.

Big Bug Hunt - Flea Beetle

Flea beetles chew tiny round holes in the top sides of leaves, with damage to leafy greens being most severe in spring.

Project Coordinator Jeremy Dore explains: “Last year we received more than 11,000 reports and with The Big Bug Hunt now firmly established we expect to receive even more. The more reports we get, the stronger the data and the sooner we can turn the results into an invaluable service for gardeners.

“After just one year we’ve already significantly improved methods of predicting major pests, such as aphids. By joining in with The Big Bug Hunt, gardeners have the opportunity to make a meaningful contribution towards tackling pests. A pest-alert system like the one we’re developing is within our grasp and stands to make organic control methods dramatically more effective.”

Any pest, from slugs to aphids, can be reported. The Big Bug Hunt is also tracking beneficial bugs such as bees, currently suffering serious population declines, to learn more about their range and spread.

If you’re interested in getting involved with The Big Bug Hunt, it’s easy. You can send any reports to Big Bug Hunt website, which you can find here. The website includes detailed pest identification guides – with effective treatment and prevention idea. If we all work together to beat the pests, our gardens will bloom more than ever!


How to Deal With Slugs and Snails – Stopping Slugs in Your Vegetable Garden

March 30th, 2015 | The vegetable garden | 0 Comments

Snails and slugs


Is there a garden pest more frustrating than a snail or a slug?

Creating an environment that your plants will thrive in is essential for their long-term health, but it’s also important to be aware of slimy pests which can damage them so watch the video below and pick up some tips on keeping the slug and snail populations under control in your garden.

  • Beer, milk and sugary liquids are all attractive to slugs and so are effective methods of distracting them and sending them to a watery slug soup death.
  • Upturned halved grapefruit skins also provide overnight shelter for slugs which makes them easy to find and pick off in the morning after their overnight stop in your veg plot bed and breakfast.
  • Dry gritty substances are good to use as barriers to deter slugs and snails, copper strips and coffee grounds can also be used as a means of protecting individual plants but you do need to keep replenishing the barriers over time.
  • You can also help young plants by bringing plants on in slug free zones, planting out only when the plants are more mature and are thus less tasty.
  • Nematodes are also an effective way of reducing the slug population in your garden.  Treatment via this biological control method using a product such as Nemaslug can start as soon as the last frosts have left your area as nematodes are vulnerable to cold weather.
  • Other biological controls in a rather larger form are frogs, toads and hedgehogs who will all love to feast on these pests, so make some garden space that will attract these species to introduce more biodiversity.
  • Keep your garden tidy to remove hiding places such as rotting leaves, and remove weeds that act as plant ‘bridges’ these pests use to get at your precious vegetable plants.

This video gives you tips on how to beat the slugs and snails in your vegetable garden. Share your own slug beating tips in the comments below.