Weird and wonderful tips to eradicate pests in the garden!

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Not keen on using chemicals in the war against the pests in your garden? Here are some tips that work!

Greenfly/Aphids :- Garlic crushed and steeped in water – one clove to a gallon of water (4.5ltrs). Sieve/strain the liquid or else your sprayer will become blocked! Spray over veg or flowers if you don’t mind the smell!

Flea beetles :- on rocket, radishes and brassicas. Leave mint stalks or leaves amongst the plants – cover with environmesh works better!!

Caterpillars on brassicas :– Teaspoon of salt added to a gallon of warm water to dissolve it works. Caterpillars hate salt!

Slugs and Snails :– Oatmeal spread around plants, they eat it and gorge to death!

Beer traps :– not too much in the sunken pots, they love it, so save some for yourself though!!

Couch Grass :- a really deeply rooted troublesome weed. Plant or sow tomato plants in your patch of couch grass, the couch grass dies out and you get tomatoes!

Blanket weed in a pond :- buy a cheap hairbrush and tie to a long handle or bamboo cane. Then push the brush into the blanket weed, twist and pull out, do this gently though!

I’m sure you have many more anecdotes and stories. Do let me know by leaving your comments below …

Happy Gardening!

Peter Mills

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Peter Mills

I love everything to do with natural history, wildlife, biodiversity and of course horticulture - basically the big outdoors. I grew up with very good teachers namely my parents and my French grandfather who was a superb grower of vegetables. At Hadlow College I studied a three year OND in Horticulture. I had a market stall selling plants. Went onto wholesaling house plants to florists and garden centres across southern England. In 1986 I joined Clandon Park Garden Centre as manager. Whilst there I started my career as a gardening radio presenter with the BBC Southern Counties Radio. This continued for 15 years, building up valuable contacts with the RHS Wisley, live broadcasts from Chelsea & Hampton Court Flower shows, South of England & Surrey County shows etc. Since 1998 I have been self-employed, working as a Head Gardener and in private gardens . Through the RHS Advisory Department at Wisley I advise on horticultural problems in members gardens, including pest & disease problems, lawn-care advice, pruning of wisterias, fruit trees, roses, wildlife gardening, growing fruit & vegetables, creating wildflower meadows, identifying plants and control of pernicious weeds. Autumn 2016 finds me at the Autumn Flower Show 6-8 of September at RHS Wisley and Taste of Autumn Sunday 23rd of October. Sunday 11th of September I am cycling from London to Brighton for Perennial ( Gardeners Benevolent Fund) who helped me when I broke my leg badly in 2014. Had the plate removed in February this year. My Just Giving page is http://www.justgiving.com/Peter-Mills14 Perennial is a Fabulous Charity who help anyone working in horticulture. I didn't think I would need their help at the age of 52! They were brilliant and helped us as a family. It's my turn to repay their help and others too! John Ambrose and I have raised over £ 2000.00 thank you all. I am an extremely lucky guy who loves what I do and the trade called Horticulture!

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nanababa
7th Aug 2016
0
Thanks for voting!
Someone told me crushed egg shells, washed first of course, spread around the plants would work. Surrounded my beans and lettuces and no slug damage. The slugs and snails are still there but don't like crossing the egg shells! They can then be dug into the soil to add nutrients and drainage before adding another layer next year.
jackieL49
29th Jul 2016
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Mind your own business or baby tears has invaded my flower borders and now is creeping into my lawn, help please on how to eradicate it. I've tried digging it up but it always comes back.
seasidenannie
30th Jun 2016
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Thanks for voting!
I did not know about using oats, I will give this a try, many thanks for the tio
Jan135
29th Jun 2016
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Thanks for voting!
I wish I'd seen this a few weeks ago, I've lost so many plants to slugs and snails this year. Never knew about oats. Going to try this. Also may I ask, the slugs have eaten my potatoe plants, I have had no flowers, will I get potatoes still or should I just pull up what's left and try again please
seasidenannie
29th Jun 2016
0
Thanks for voting!
I planted two pepper plants a few weeks ago, only for them to be eaten, all I have left now is two bare stalks what could have eaten them? Also my pea shoots are being eaten, I planted these into a pot to try to protect them, at thus rate I won't be getting ant less again this year. Any one got any clues as to what is eating them please.
doluph
29th Jun 2016
0
Thanks for voting!
Slugs!!! All my plants are bald stalks again and I have used slug killer so I am now going to try the oatmeal!!
Jackieab45
29th Jun 2016
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Tips to control moles please
Wilf
29th Jun 2016
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You can buy mole eradicators which you put into the ground and they are attached to a wind fan which makes a noise in the ground the moles do not like
WJW
29th Jun 2016
0
Thanks for voting!
My white rose is coming out with red speckles all over the petals. I assume this is some kind of fungus, but what and how do I get rid of it.
Also my small bedding plants in the pots seems to have been eaten right down to the bottom of the plant, could this be ants?

Thank you
justamucats
29th Jun 2016
0
Thanks for voting!
I have been having awful problems with slugs and snails. Problem. I have free range chickens running around the garden. I really don't want to harm the girls with chemicals so the slugs etc are eating everything they can get onto. Has anyone got ideas. My neighbours are getting worried seeing the flashlight late at night around my garden with me trying catching the devils.:).
Wilf
29th Jun 2016
1
Thanks for voting!
I used to kill slugs but just leave them alone now as the birds eat slugs (I think as we used to have chickens and they ate them). But there are so many slugs with the current wet and warm weather. A very successful species!
C.B
22nd Jul 2014
1
Thanks for voting!
I am fifty years old and it is the first time I have seen such a beautiful funny slug,,,it was last friday under the rain and here it is again on the news...

when I see slugs in my garden I kill them with cooking salt ,just a few grains of salt kills them ,weak pest but they destroy my crops...
None the less I did not kill that one because it was the first time I was seeing it...
Peter Mills
23rd Jul 2014
2
Thanks for voting!
Thanks C.B.
Salt has been used for hundreds of years. Old gardeners used to leave buckets around the garden. As they walked around they would pick up the slugs and drop them in. Seaweed has been used for the same effect but some plants hate salt.
Regards Peter.

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