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10 Reasons to Grow Baby Mini-Veg

Baby or mini vegetables are what the modern household requires – small, but perfectly formed vegetables. Baby or mini vegetables are becoming very popular and there are good reasons for growing them: space saving ideal for window box, containers, patios or raised beds easily grown – vigorous & quick growing fast to mature – encouraging to harvest within a few weeks! great introduction to
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Black Sooty Mould on Sprouts

Black sooty moulds are a problem disease on Brussels Sprouts.   The black sooty mould can be sticky and is the result of a whitefly attack. Cabbage whitefly overwinters on brussel sprouts as adult insects. Adult whitefly and their nymphs suck sap from the sprout plant and excrete a sugary substance (honeydew) onto the leaves. Sooty moulds then grow on this sugary substance –
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Big Butterfly Count

The Big Butterfly Count  is taking place from 14th  July – 6 August 2017. The big butterfly count is a nationwide survey to assess the health of our environment.  The numbers of butterflies continue to decline, & this survey will help work out what is going on in the butterfly world.  Climate change is warming up the UK & we are seeing some new species.  The
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Cabbage Whitefly

Cabbage whitefly (Latin name – Aleyrodes proletella) is a nuisance when it attacks brassicas in the vegetable garden, particularly Brussels sprouts. But cabbage whitefly can be a problem on all leafy brassicas, including cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, Calibres, Brussels sprouts and kale. The cabbage whitefly is different from the whitefly found in greenhouses. Cabbage whitefly only attacks brassicas. The cabbage whitefly lay eggs on the
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Biological Control of Pests and Diseases

Biological pest control involves the release of organisms that attack pests. The aim of biological control is to shift the balance of competition between the pest and the crop in favour of the crop and against the pest. The biological control agent, guinea fowl & lacewings in our case, may not necessarily kill all the pests but should, at least, reduce their vigour and competitive ability.
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Winter Salad Leaves to Sow in Autumn

Winter salad leaves are excellent value, especially oriental varieties  and they should be sown, now, in the autumn. These cut-and-come-again salad leaves can be grown outside in the vegetable garden, in tubs or in  window boxes. They grow well in the cooler temperatures and lower light  levels of autumn. Salad leaves to sow in autumn are: Rocket –  small, mild tender leaves   Land
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When are Radish Ready to Eat.

When are radish ready to harvest?  It really depends on: how you like your radish what variety you are growing We prefer to eat the variety ‘French Breakfast’ when it is small.  If it grows as big as the one in the picture it becomes fibrous and bits often go hard.  This variety tends to become mis-shapen as it gets too big. Vienna ,
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How to Grow Spring Onions, Salad Onions or Scallions

Spring onions, also known as salad onions or scallions,  are delicious when young, becoming more pungent as the stems enlarge and start to bulb.  Eat them freshly pulled, uncooked, in salads.  Both the white bulb and the green leaves are eaten.  Sometimes they are chopped & added to a hot dish just before serving. Successional sowings throughout the season give a constant supply. Sow
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