Insecticides are likely to become fewer. : RHS
Affiliation between RHS and Gardeners Association

The Royal Horticultural Society, to which the NLWGA is affiliated, is seeking closer links with associations like ours, were they are able to provide solutions to gardening problems that many of us amateur gardeners cannot. Furthermore, the RHS will advise on new problems facing gardeners (such as the spread of the New Zealand flatworm that devastates earthworm populations) and possible solutions. They are also seeking our help in gathering country-wide information.

Our committee member Malcolm Greenhalgh has recently taken on the role of linking between us and the RHS and below are some of the recent problems they have advised about. We will try and update the site regularly with further details. If you have comments or experience with any of these please feel free to add your comments by using the comment links. Hopefully we can all benefit from our affiliation with the RHS by learning that little bit more about the plants that we grow. We will collate and feed back to the RHS.

If you have experienced other gardening issues you would like Malcolm to take up with the RHS please email details of these to us using the email links below, and we will endeavor to seek their advice and post  response for all to read and learn from

RHS Membership can be yours at a discount price, and our Association will make a fiver if you do! Advantages: 12 issues of The Garden every year (the best gardening magazine); free entry into RHS gardens (as at Harlow Carr and Wisley); members’ day at RHS shows (e.g. Tatton); a free advice service. If you are interested, please contact Malcolm Greenhalgh.

Insecticides are likely to become fewer.

by Malcolm Greenhalgh on 03/28/13

The EU (bless that wonderful beaurorcracy), pushed by the "greens" and with no scientific evidence, are trying to ban neonicotinoids, a group of insecticides developed in the 1980's, becasuse they might harm bees. All incecticides will harm bees if you spray them , so none of us should use them when bees might be about (if you want to spray with incecticide, do it in the latish evening when the bees have gone to bed for the night). And we should all seek alternatives where possible. But there are occasions when these seems essential, for instance in controlling codling moth in apples. The hormone traps catch the male and so reduce the problem a little, but there main use is to see when is the best time to use a spray. When the trap has caught 12-15 moths, spray that evening and then a fortnight or three weeks later and codling moth should be no problem. Watch this space

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