|Pellets based on metaldehyde are less effective in damp conditions as Slugs/Snails can
recover - they lose the chemical through their slime. Better
to use pellets based on methiocarb as it has an anti-sliming
To stop slugs and
snails nibbling your container plants, place a layer of vaseline
around the edge of the pot. They can't get over it.
Try growing Garlic
close to susceptible plants to help deter vine weevil.
Rosemary and Sage
deter Carrot Fly.
Nettle Spray is great
as a general insect repellent and plant food. Fill a bucket
with fresh nettles and water, cover and leave to ferment for
a few weeks. Strain and spray on your plants.
limnanthes, calendula and poppies attract hoverflies
whose larvae eat greenfly and other aphids.
chives with roses to protect them against aphids.
Place mothballs in
containers to deter Earwigs and Ants.
Elder and Mint discourage Caterpillars.
To prevent whitefly on tomatoes, underplant with basil and marigolds.
Marjoram and Mint
help to repel ants.
When you've boiled
eggs, use the leftover water to pour between the cracks in
the path to prevent weeds growing.
To help prevent Cabbage Root Fly, cut disk shaped pieces of plastic from carrier bags and place around the base of the plant. Hold down with stones.