- Carrot Fly – The first eggs of the carrot fly are laid in May so make a frame – put a 2ft. barrier of fine mesh around your carrot rows or sow a resistant variety such as ‘Flyaway’.
- Broad beans are prone to blackfly infestations so when the first pods start to form pinch out the growing tip of each plant by 2-3ins.
- In Nature when the primroses are out keep an eye out for the curious looking bee fly – harmless brown and fluffy with a long proboscis snout, this insect is perfectly adapted to reach the primrose’s deep hidden nectar. Flitting from bloom to bloom, it rubs pollen from the anthers of one flower to the stamen of the next – a great example of natural selection.
- Pots are often viewed as a low maintenance solution for front gardens but in reality require lots of watering and maintenance. Remedy this by planting with succulents, which can be virtually left to their own devices.
- Pruning helps to keep plants in top condition as you regularly remove any dead, diseased or damaged stems. Also by thinning out the stems, you let in more light, air and beneficial insects which helps to reduce pests and diseases without the use of chemicals.
- Ideas to try on growing Peas – Dwarf varieties grow very happily in pots. Push some twiggy branches into the soil for them to climb. Taller varieties can make a focal point grown up a pretty willow panel or a garden arch, where you can pluck dangling pods every time you walk beneath. Do not forget the young shoots and tendrils of pea plants – they are delicious in salads. If mice are thieving your freshly sown seeds, try planting a row in a guttering pipe instead – this will allow them to start growing in safety before being transported to the garden. Drill some drainage holes in a short length and fill with compost before planting seeds. Once big enough simply slide them into a gutter-shaped trench.