Amy Kelly

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Organic Pest Control

Posted: Today at 17:03

I am a professional pest controller. I make my living from using mechanical and chemical methods to kill insects and rodents, but I feel strongly that most pest problems are caused by mis-management and can be prevented or reduced naturally.

I just read the brilliant article by Alan Titchmarsh in April's GW Magazine, and I agree with him whole heartedly! There is no permanent way to kill all pests in your garden, and trying will only leave you with an unbalanced eco-system and a less healthy garden as a result.

It can sometimes be hard to resist the urge to reach for the chemicals - a caterpillar just ate the first first ever flower on my tree peony (doesn't it know how many years they take from seed to flower?! Inconsiderate insect!) but I know that if I am patient long enough the birds and wasps will eat most of the caterpillars and feed the next generation who will eat even more caterpillars for me in the future.

Alan, thank you so much for encouraging us all to be restrained in chemical use and let nature do the work for us.

Anyone else had any heartbreaks or successes with natural pest control?

Plant (or weed) identification please

Posted: 29/08/2016 at 10:04

Photos taken this morning, thanks for the help!

Plant (or weed) identification please

Posted: 29/08/2016 at 10:04

Plant (or weed) identification please

Posted: 29/08/2016 at 10:03

Sorry, I've been trying to attach the photos but the site keeps giving an error... Hope they attach this time!

Plant (or weed) identification please

Posted: 29/08/2016 at 09:55

Hello gardeners! We came back from holiday to find this plant growing in one of our pots, and I've been letting it grow to see if it turned into a garden gem... But I still have no idea what it is or if I should keep it.

It is about 6" high by 18" wide, with a loose or trailing habit, rust coloured stems and green leaves with green fluffy spiked flower buds that open into tiny pale yellow flowers.

Does anyone know what this is? Many thanks!

Too many ads in Gardeners' World Magazine?

Posted: 25/06/2015 at 10:01

Well, that's me told ???


I'll take a leaf from all of you and stop worrying about ads, but maybe cancel my subscription and read it in the library to save the paper waste.

Too many ads in Gardeners' World Magazine?

Posted: 24/06/2015 at 12:07

Just re-posting the page numbers that are 100% ads because in my browser half of them on my post above are hidden in the margin (by a Laithwaites ad, for the record






Plus several inserts.

Too many ads in Gardeners' World Magazine?

Posted: 24/06/2015 at 12:00

I am happy for them to make a profit, after all, I pay money each month to read the magazine. I just feel taken advantage of because SO many of the pages this month are full page ads. I feel like they must have lost real content to make space for ads.

Dovefromabove makes a good point about who pays for the website, but I think there is maybe BBC money and subscription money, and revenue from the online ads you see all over the website, and I don't mind SOME ads in the magazine, in fact the plant offers can sometimes be very informative, but there are just too many this month... They are being greedy and taking advantage. Profit I am happy with, gouging I am not.

There is literally a full page of ads on the following pages in July:

2,13,16,18,20,23,25,29,30,31,39,40,45,48,51,52,53,59,64,67,73,74,78,82,83,84,86,90,94,100,103,109,115,116,117,118,120,130,135,137-153,155, plus all of the inserts. And we pay to buy it as well!

Seriously, how much profit do they need to make? Look at the page numbers above fellow readers. We deserve better than this, don't we?

Too many ads in Gardeners' World Magazine?

Posted: 24/06/2015 at 11:28

Hi gang, maybe I just never noticed, but I got July's edition today and there are so many full page ads that it is genuinely hampering my enjoyment of it. I was wondering if any of you out there subscribe, and if you feel the same way?

I plan to dig out a year old edition and do an actual comparison. Like I said, maybe I am imagining things, so I really hope some of you will chime in and if they are over-doing things with the ads then maybe we can get them to pay attention...

black opal tomato plant

Posted: 24/05/2015 at 21:01

Mine has suddenly taken a turn for the worst... Drooping leaves and flower buds dropping off. Any suggestions? All other tomatoes have been treated the same way but are flourishing. I am at a loss.

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