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Know your friends and foes, find your companions - manage pests and some common plant diseases organically; including companion planting.

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In this final session of the Grow To Give series, we identify our friends and foes in the gardening world and get to know some good companions!

We will start by meeting several of the organisms we call ‘pests’ in our growing practice. We will learn about some of their life cycles so that we can optimise ways to control them using various organic methods. We will discuss general practices that can help us manage both pests and some common plant diseases. We will also meet the predators of these ‘pests’ and explore the ways in which we can attract these to our garden to keep the pest population low.

Finally, we will look at some useful companion plants to integrate into our garden that can help us to keep ‘pests’ at bay and improve the health of our crops.

Our speaker Elena Trivelli was the Coordinator for two Capital Growth allotments in the Royal Parks, after working and volunteering in therapeutic and community gardens in London over the last six years. She studied Organic Horticulture at OrganicLea and is qualified in Permaculture, and No Dig Gardening with Charles Dowding.

Our Co-host with be Richard Andrews, Director of Grow Together Bucks CIC from High Wycombe Buckinghamshire.

We are also running 2 other events in the series:

Grow More - Maximising yield, succession planting, creating compost - 18th March

No need to Dig ! feed the soil and not your plants - 1st April

These will be recorded and will be available on our website.


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