Ladybird Larvae to Liatris Spicata

Gosh is it July already? We were so busy during June that we didn’t even get a spare mo to write a post. Lot’s of inspiring new clients and varied projects to report upon from wonderful secret garden in Primrose Hill, to a shrub heavy garden in Holloway. We have also just taken on the maintenance of a block of flats in NW3. Residents be warned – your grass will no longer be mowed to within an inch of it’s life! We are growing the lawn to allow for beneficial insects, and replacing the herbaceous border with a pollinator one brimming with butterfly friendly flowers like liatris spicata.

We really enjoyed exhibiting at Grow London on Hampstead Heath and were delighted to hear that lumanaries such as Chris Beardshaw and Val Bourne had encountered as much trouble controlling slugs as we had during the wet Spring…

Talking unwanted pests, we are currently trialling the use of natural predators –  as a form of biological control. Even wildlife gardeners like ourselves, are forever fighting a battle against unwanted insect pests which damage our plants and edibles. Many of these pests have natural enemies and simply by introducing these predators, a control of pests can be achieved. To this end we have introduced ladybird larvae to help control of aphids in several of our garden’s, and lacewing larvae for red spider mite.

If you have yellow mottling on your leaves, this could be cucumber mosaic virus (CMV)…To find our more about plant health, pop along to our one of weekly Friday workshops, 2-3:30pm, at the Well beeing garden, Bartholemew Rd, NW5 2BX. A full 6 month programme of workshops will be posted on this website soon.

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