Posted: 20/08/2012 at 15:25
Er right... so GW presenters spend much time teaching us how to attract bees to our garden and then the GW website tells us how to kill them with neonicotinoid insecticides. Does GW really think some guy with a pesticide sprayer is really going to carefully remove all flowers from the mint that he has sprayed when they open? Also the neonicotinoids are not only present in pollen and nectar but also in the plant's roots, leaves and stems, where they will continue to kill bees and beneficial organisms that are upwards from them in the food chain. The BBC should stop promoting pesticides.
Frankly, mint can look after itself. Slugs and snails are the big problem this year for the organic gardemer.
You may or may not be aware that Monty Don on a programme pointed out that the only way to get rid of lily beetle was to squash them -this upset the pesticide industry because there are chemical preventatives
I don't think that the BBC are promoting pesticides in this article- just pointing out that this is an option