Organic Controls for Garden Pests

This Year's Weather

Why we have introduced this page

One of the things that makes gardening in the UK so interesting is that the weather is so variable from year to year. The weather affects the order that plants come out, and it can cause great disruption to crops if we have late frosts such as we have had this year. Weather conditions are also crucial to plant pests, and every year we are faced with different problems. So we thought that this year we'd comment on the weather we've had and what it's likely to mean for the common plant pests.

Weather Report July 2017

In Sussex we are having a lovely summer - lots of sunshine, and still a few rainy rainy days to water the plants. We have noticed more butterflies and bees round and about but in addition to the welcome insects there are also a lot of aphids and capsid bugs around

Inside our glasshouses we have had less problems with thrips and spider mite so far, as we have been hanging up sachets of predatory mites.

However leaf-miners of all types are causing damage and we have had to cut back our hollies and skimmia

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