The Royal Horticultural Society says that slugs and snails are NOT the no 1 pests – for the first time in a decade The box tree caterpillar tops the annual list – but for the food gardener it is often slugs and snails that do the damage!
This Saturday 30th July FoodSmiles St Albans is hosting a special skills session on ‘How to control pests and diseases organically’.
It is open to any food gardener interested in alternative approaches to keeping their fruit and veg pest free! As well as covering some of the most common / damaging pests and ways to minimise their impact, the session will look at growing to reduce damage more generally.
Introduction to Organic Pest Control for Veg Growers
Sat 30 July 10.30am – 12.30pm
Hammonds End Farm, Harpenden AL5 2AY
To book, please email Foodsmiles.firstname.lastname@example.org. Suggested donation £3 per person. The session will mostly be indoors but please wear shoes suitable for the garden.
Who Can Resist a Garden Full of Summer Berries?
Later in the week on Tuesday 2nd August a large garden at 104 Marshalswick Lane is opening as part of our Open Food Garden summer programme. You can drop-in any time between 3-5pm to have a look around this large well-established garden.
There are two large cooking apple trees and more recently planted quince, minarette apples, espalier and minarette pear trees. Soft fruit includes raspberries and blackberries. Early and late strains of rhubarb are also grown. Vegetables include sweetcorn, courgettes, squash, leeks and climbing French beans.
Some unusual features include Yacon (a sweet tuber), oca and perennial leeks and cabbages. There are also some perennial herbs.
Open Food Garden event
Tues 2nd August 3-5pm
104 Marshalswick Lane, St Albans, AL1 4XE
Suggested donation of £2.00 for over 16s; all proceeds go to TSA funds. For more information see the Open Food Gardens Summer Programme here