Grafton and the Environment
have a huge Ladybird population working for us, eating the greenfly. We don’t think using insecticides is a good idea, so we use biological systems to
control pests, such as Vineweevil and Fungus gnat.
growing compost is made on site and each plant group has its own specific
formula. Every recipe is based around a
reduced peat content with grow bark and coir being added to provide the optimum
month duration slow release fertilisers are used in the compost to prevent
environmental pollution through leaching nitrogen. An
organic seaweed foliar feed is occasionally given as a supplement which gives the
plants a real boost.
use is kept to a working minimum – so sometimes we may look a bit hairy around
the edges, but we’d rather this than have a chemical desert.
the new buildings are installed, we will be harvesting the rain water running
off the roofs, to irrigate the plants.
Our Wildflower Meadow
At Grafton, we try our best to sustain the habitats already present in the area around our nursery.
We have Bee Orchids, Snake's head fritillarys, wild onions, knapweed, cowslips and different grasses, including the delightful quaking grass.
Other than being home to the hundreds of resident ladybirds, the field adjoining our nursery also houses many types of butterfly, including the pied and emperor butterflies. The field is often home to leverets, red legged partridge, kestrels and the heron is a frequent visitor.