We have tried to make our garden as wildlife friendly as possible and have a thriving population of deer, rabbits, a visiting fox, many hedgehogs, birds, small rodents and amphibians and recently we had a very brief visit from a polecat. We have lived here about 12 years and in that time have never used weed killers or pesticides and now have a very varied and healthy little ecosystem.
I do not use chemical pesticides on my plants.
Aphids or caterpillars are brushed or picked off by hand and in the case of snails and caterpillars, relocated. Some persistent pests may be treated using nematodes or other biological controls.
This means that you may find the odd tiny stowaway but you can be sure that none of my plants are covered in nasty chemicals.
Compost and peat
For the past few years I have been using a compost containing reclaimed peat, (dredged from reservoirs, not dug from peat bogs), but for various reasons I have now changed to using SylvaGrow peat free compost. For a short time my plants may be in either type of compost.
Plastic plant pots & labels
I'm very aware of the amount of plastic generated by plant growers like myself. I've been using paper carriers for years and it's now time to sort out the plastic labels and pots.
.I no longer provide colour plastic labels with each plant. Instead, full information is available at point of sale and each plant will instead have a biodegradable birchwood label bearing its name. You should be able to find all the necessary information for each plant on this website but if you can't, please contact me.
I'm very pleased to announce that I'm now using POSIpots. All 1 litre size plants you buy from me, (either at markets or online), will be removed from the plastic pot and put into a cardboard POSIpot which can then be planted straight into the ground. (please note, these are not for keeping the plant in longer than a week or two, simply a means of getting the plant from me to you). I will then clean and re-use the plastic pot. No more plastic pots cluttering up your shed or in landfill and a brilliant gain for the environment. If you do have a collection of unwanted plastic pots, please consider asking around your local charities. Some of them have fund raisers who grow and sell plants to help the charity and would welcome free pots. I am of course still happy for you to return any of my pots to me, (marked JG).
All online sales will be sent in plastic free and recylable packing.