Originally set-up as a demonstration area for various methods of organic pest and disease control; this garden was latterly converted to a ‘Production Garden’, with the intention of supplying the café kitchen and shop. The following text was taken from the signage from the earlier period and provides advice on maintaining a healthy, pest-free, garden…
- Feed the soil – use garden compost, manures and leafmould
- Choose plants suited to your soil-type
- Practice a crop-rotation and use green manures when growing vegetables
- A healthy start – choose resistant varieties and always examine plants for problems, before buying.
- Regular garden inspection – problems can be spotted early on and ‘nipped in the bud’
- Help from nature – provide food and shelter for wildlife; these friendly predators and parasites eat pests
- Use traps and barriers – if pests can’t get to your crops, they can’t eat them either.
- Correct identification makes effective control more likely
- There are many helpful and harmless insects in the garden, as well as pests
- Safe pesticide sprays are available as a last resort
- Spray in the evening and on calm days to avoid killing bees and beneficial organisms
- Biological controls are predators or parasites that you can introduce into the garden or greenhouse, to help control pest populations
Some, or all of the above text may have originally been published by HDRA/Garden Organic (www.gardenorganic.org.uk) and is reproduced here, with their kind permission.