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Vapona strips (old fashioned fly catchers) in sealed containers, he discovered ways to attack both adult parasitic populations and the eggs they laid; which parasites were most effective against others; when and how best to use the control parasites. Even plant pots can influence success or

“Use your friends the good bugs and know your Nematodes”

failure; clay pots do not absorb chemicals as plastic pots can, affecting subsequent plantings.

“Fortunately, today, you don't have to go to the lengths I did as there are a number of biological predators and organic products on offer, with

online companies willing to supply the amateur gardener. Plant-derived products such as Pyrethrum and organic matter, eg liquid seaweed, are readily available but in the early days there was much resistance from the major chemical companies – after all, they were in the business of selling pesticides and not very pleased that the horticultural industry were finding alternative ways of managing without them!”

Raymond continues, “And don't always think you have to wait for an infestation before you treat – the healthier your plants, the greater their natural colour, and the less likely they are to be attacked so get to know your Nematodes. Those living creatures are our stalwarts here at the nursery along with Encarsia formosa and Phytoseulius persimilis.


TREASURES & TEMPTATIONS" A family-run nursery

• Vast plant range from well known to rare and unusual • Most stock well grown by us • Trained and highly experienced staff

Mail order available, please see our web site.

The garden is open free of charge and Hill House Nursery Tea Room is open during Spring and Summer, serving home made cakes, soups, scones and light lunches, plus of course wonderful Devon Cream Teas inside or on the lawn in fine weather.

Dogs permitted in the garden only, if on leads.

Landscove, Nr Ashburton, Devon TQ13 7LY 01803 762273/762261 Tea Room only Open 7 days a week inc. all Bank Holidays, 11am to 4.45pm Equidistant between Plymouth and Exeter on the A38. Take the Peartree exit.

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Tried and tested methods are always the best – it just needed a helping hand from me to show gardeners and growers how to make them work. If anyone is in any doubt, they are more than welcome to come here and see how we do it.”

If it succeeds for the nurseryman who bred Nemesia Bluebird, with over 13 million plants sold worldwide, who could ask for better advice?

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