General Jobs In May 2013
Make your garden wildlife friendly
May is a great month in the garden. Everything wants to grow, so it’s a perfect time for sowing seeds to attract wildlife.
Online access to our organic factsheets is password-restricted to Garden Organic members.
Look after our bees!
We need bees for pollination, and they need our gardens as feeding centres. Make sure you have masses of nectar-rich, bee-friendly plants this summer. Every corner of your garden should have a little patch where bees can feed.
Learn something new at Ryton Gardens
Wildlife Weekend and Compost Awareness Week
5 May 2013 - Ryton Gardens
This is a new family event raising the awareness of how to attract wildlife i...
AGM and Members' Day 2013
11 May 2013 - Garden Organic
The 2013 Members’ Day, incorporating the Annual General Meeting and our annua...
How to build an Earth Oven (2 day Course)
18 May 2013 - Ryton Gardens
Would you like to bake wonderful pizzas and bread in a wood-fired oven? Do y...
Book in advance to be sure of a place on the following courses:
Water and Energy use in the Garden
20 Jun 2013 - Ryton Gardens
Willow Basketry for Beginners
13 Jul 2013 - Ryton Gardens
This course has been designed to guide total beginners, step by step through each stage of the basket-making process.
Attract beneficial creatures to your garden and allotment.
Poached Egg Plant
Grow flowers to provide pollen and nectar for insects such as hoverflies and lacewings. They in turn will produce pest-munching larvae – a fair exchange. Below is a list of easy-to-grow annuals, which both you, and the beneficial insects, can enjoy. Grow them all over the garden or allotment - to help keep flowers, fruit and vegetables pest-free.
- Buckwheat Fagopyron esculentum
- Californian poppy Eschscholtzia californica
- Candytuft Iberis amara
- Convolvulus, annual Convolvulus tricolor
- Corn chamomile Anthemis arvensis
- Corn marigold Chrysanthemum segetum
- Cornflower Centaurea cyanus
- Dill Anethum graveolens
- French marigold Tagetes patula; Tagetes signata
- Golden marguerite Anthemis tinctoria
- Nemophila Nemophila spp
- Phacelia Phacelia tanacetifolia
- Poached egg plant Limnanthes douglasii
- Pot marigold Calendula officinalis
- Sunflower Helianthus annuus
- Sweet alyssum Lobularia maritima
You can find seed of most of these flowers in the Organic Gardening Catalogue
See our organic factsheet Attracting Beneficial Insects for more ways to entice more predators – available in the members' area of this website (requires members' password).
Strategic slug control
Slugs can be a real pest, all around the garden. They reduce leaves to shreds, munch off rows of seedlings, and nip the growing tips out of French bean seedlings and much more. They also have their uses as processors of dead material, though it is difficult to appreciate them at times.
There is no single route to successful slug control. It is best to employ a range of strategies for best results. Our Slug and Snail control factsheet offers plenty of suggestions.
Organic Gardening "Do's"
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