Here at Creek Hill we have made a lifestyle change. By choosing to use a combination of beneficial insects and fungi, vermacompost, probiotic soils, screened houses and natural pesticides non-toxic to humans, we are working with nature to combat pests. Maintaining this ecosystem inside our greenhouses allows our plants to grow from root to leaf in a healthy and safe environment.
All of our locations are currently making use of beneficial insects to combat pests. Because we have switched to compost teas over the past four years, we reduced our use of chemical fertilizers by 90%. As the rest of the biological program is rolled out we strive to create growing benches that produce safer plants. Safer crops are not only good for bees but also for the people who handle the plant material.
A combination of predatory insects control the pests that would damage our crops. The use of these insects is tailored to each crop based on the pest and season. We use our scouting reports to introduce the right predator to eradicate any pest we find. The healthy environment we create also encourages other beneficial creatures, like spiders, to make our greenhouses their home as well.
Beneficial insects arrive on a substrate, such as peat or bran. Sprinkled over the plants, the insects go to work seeking out pests. They move around the greenhouse to where the food is.