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 effect it has had on the common plant pests.

Weather Report September 2017

It's October, the leaves have started to fall but the soil is still warm!

The days are getting shorter, so many insect pests will be preparing for winter, or simply dying off in the cold nights.

If you are thinking of using soil nematodes they are not necessarily killed by cold weather, but they won't be effective when the temperature starts to drop, because they use native bacteria to invade their prey.

Here at the nursery in Sussex we have not had our first frost yet, and we know the soil still has some warmth, because the grass needs cutting!

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