Issue 39: UK & Ireland

Pest Control

It doesn’t matter if this is your first outdoor vegetable garden, indoor grow, or if you manage a giant commercial facility; bugs and plant diseases can be equally devastating and challenging to treat. 

This edition is packed with articles to help you stay bug and disease-free. In Why IPM is the Secret Solution to Your Gardening Success, Colin Bell explains what integrated pest management is and why he thinks it is so crucial. In How Plants Produce Their Own Pest Control, Dr Callie Seaman exposes the tip of the iceberg as we learn more about how plants defend themselves.

A healthy garden is your first defence. Soil amenders like worm castings can have a considerable impact on your plants. In Fighting Pests, Diseases, and Improving Soil Health with Vermicast, Anne Gibson digs deep into the subject.  

The year 2020 brought so many issues facing our planet to light. So much has changed in such a short time. What will happen when things have truly “re-opened”? Everest Fernandez gives us a lot to think about as he questions freedom and the sincerity of billionaires in Reset This! 

Happy reading!

In this issue

Why IPM is the Secret Solution to Your Gardening Success

The more you use insecticides, the less they work to keep plants bug-free. Colin Bell talks integrated pest management and why it’s crucial to a healthy garden.

Aquaponics Lab


The Aquaponics Lab is a group of small-scale producers and backyard farmers creating simple technology to make growing less time-consuming and more productive.

Incredible Edible Carmarthenshire CIC

Carmarthenshire, Welsh County, United Kingdom

The Incredible Edible movement has ballooned to over a thousand groups worldwide, and IE Carmarthenshire is an inspiring one focused on spreading kindness.

The Plant Room Studio

Leeds, Yorkshire, United Kingdom

The Plant Room is a collaborative botanical studio and shop selling plants and ceramics, but it’s far from your typical plant shop!

Offshoots Permaculture Project

Towneley Park, Burnley, United Kingdom

Offshoots Community Garden in Burnley helps people reconnect with nature and develop health, well-being, and gardening skills at the same time!

The Garden’s Abominable Snowman: Tackling Powdery Mildew

Powdery mildew is a common curse many gardeners face every growing season. What is it and how can you get rid of it? Stephen Brookes fills us in.

How Plants Produce Their Own Pest Control

Pests and diseases can be devastating to your beloved crops. But did you know plants can produce their own pest control? Dr. Callie Seaman tells us how.

SOS! Preventing and Controlling Whitefly Infestations

Whitefly infestations are brutal! This garden pest reproduces rapidly and is very destructive. Rich Hamilton shares tips on preventing and controlling them.

Foraging For Wild Medicinal Mushrooms

Many people think most wild mushrooms are poisonous, but that’s not the case! Caroline Rivard tells us about some of the best medicinal mushrooms out there.

Fight Pests, Diseases, and Improve Soil Health with Vermicast

Gardener or farmer, we should all be striving to build healthy soils! Anne Gibson talks about vermicast, free fertilizer, and fighting pests and diseases.