Atomic Seeds and Mutant Cherry Trees

This amazing blog article by Jorge from the Primrose Blog site is a ‘must read’ This may come as a surprise to many but we have been breeding mutants for almost a century. Unfortunately the X-Men remain fictional but what we have produced are some plant varieties with some truly extraordinary (and many would claim unnatural) powers. Since 1942 scientists have been successfully inducing mutations in plants to improve crops…

– Garden Pests and Diseases of 2014 –

an introduction from my perspective – by Peter j. May Garden pests and diseases, to a certain extent, can be an indicator of underlying problems in your garden. There is no doubt that healthy plants are able to resist pests and diseases in a healthy and benign growing environment. Unfortunately many people do not have the benefit of either. I certainly don’t partly because of the geographical situation of the…

Environmentally friendly garden pesticides and slug pellets from Neudorff

With a previous posting in mind in respect to  detrimental effects of Neonicotinoids insecticides on the health of bees, it is essential that we find environmentally friendly garden pesticides other than the present offerings from Shell and Bayer.  Neonicotinoids are class of neuro-active insecticides chemically similar to nicotine. The reason they were adopted by the agricultural and the horticultural industries so wholeheartedly was because it was claimed that they had so…

Bumble Bees need help to overcome disease

Solitary Bees like the Bumble Bee are now under attack from the same pathogens and diseases as  the Honey bees .This is not just a bumble bee disease. The diseases have jumped species from the honey bees, but not because they are more virulent but because the their natural resistance to these bugs has been reduced. This is possibly from the relatively new types of nicotine based pesticides called Neonicotinoids…

Rescue Guide for Flooded Gardens –

Over the last few weeks, horrendous rainfall, flooding and waterlogging have blighted thousands of homes and gardens across the UK. Although damage to the home has been the higher priority, garden plants will suffer severe problems if the effects of waterlogging are not dealt with.   The extent of the widespread damage has left the gardening community devastated by the effects. Garden and allotment owners can only sit and wait…