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Monthly Archives: May 2018

  • unwanted guests?

    Weeds in a polytunnel

    Weeds are probably every gardener’s worst nightmare… they can easy overgrow the main crop starving it from its nutrients in the soil. Not only this but will also battle the plant for light meaning that it probably won’t stand a chance at surviving. Weeds needs to be dealt with as soon as possible to prevent them from ruining other plants… plus they will take over in no time at all. Using polytunnels lowers the risks of weeds as it gives plants a protective layer from outside, meaning its harder for seeds to spread. This doesn’t mean its impossible though… seeds can stick to clothing and be brought in that way, also when your ventilating your tunnel seeds can be brought in by the wind.

    Weeding straight after watering is far better and easier than pulling it out of dry soil, light and moist soil significantly enables weeds to be lifted with ease. Removing weeds before they mature is very important, this is because it will impede production of the next generation. A matured plant will develop roots in the soil and will begin to sow its own seeds… creating an army. Remember weeds grow at an alarming rate, meaning that regular checks in the polytunnel are needed. There are parts of a polytunnel weeds can hide… in corners, underneath tables, behind objects etc, its important that everywhere gets checked if you want a weed free tunnel.

    Growing crops fairly close together can also get rid of weed problems, this is because it gives weeds less space to sprout. Although to plant crops too close as you run the risk of them competing for light and nutrients. Make sure any weeds collected are burnt as you run the risk of seeds getting out again. The worst thing to do with weeds is add them to the compost as this will cause them to return.

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  • bugs bugs bugs

    Build a bug hotel

     

    An insect hotel or bug house is something manmade, it encourages insects of all kinds to nest and hibernate over the winter periods. You can build different types of bug hotels to attract various insects. Many insect hotels are used as nest sites by insects including solitary bees and solitary wasps. These insects drag prey to the nest where an egg is deposited. Other insects hotels are specifically designed to allow the insects to hibernate, notable examples include ladybirds and butterflies. Continue reading

  • garlic spray

    Garlic spray keeps the pests away!

     

    There are many insects in the garden that aren’t pests, these insects fight away the pests almost like little tiny guards for plants. When pesticides are used, they not only wipe out pests but also the beneficial insects. Once all the good insects are gone it can throw the garden off balance, meaning it has no natural defence systems. The obvious answer is not to resort to harmful toxins, as there is a much simpler and natural way of dealing with these pests, plus the friendly insects aren’t harmed in the crossfire. Being exposed to pesticides can be harmful, so you probably don’t want to introduce it into the garden, especially if there are pets and children. The answer…homemade garlic spray. Continue reading

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