Insectisides outlawed by EU : 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.

Insectisides outlawed by EU

by Malcolm Greenhalgh on 07/04/13

Some major insecticides are outlawed by the EU. We ought to be careful with insecticieds, as they kill essential insects, such as bees, as well as nasties; and if we us them stupidly (as perhaps described by one of our speakers) even more will be banned. So spray with insecticide late in the evening, when bees have gone home to roost. Also be sensible.

I spray my apple trees to prevent damage by codlin moth, but use the pheromone traps to tell me when to do it (we sell them in the hut) but up the trap(s) and when you see about a dozen moths trapped on the sticky cardbaord spray THAT EVENING. then give them another spray exactly 14 evenings latter.

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