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Trap Crops

A trap crop is a plant that attracts pests, usually insects, away from the fruit or vegetables which are growing nearby. Trap cropping is a type of companion planting and another form of organic or biological control. Examples of trap crops Sweet alyssum is a good trap crop for the European tarnished plant bug that attacks strawberries. Nasturtiums trap aphids (blackfly, greenfly, whitefly) when
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Powdery Mildew Disease in Courgettes

Powdery mildew is a fungal disease which flourishes on courgettes when the weather is warm and dry. Infected courgette plants are covered in a greyish-white mould, mainly on the upper surface of the leaves and young shoots. Mildew in courgettes shortens the growing season. The courgette variety Venus F1 hybrid has succumbed to powdery mildew and has died very quickly. The courgette variety Dundoo F1 is
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How to Cook Beetroot

To Prepare  Beetroot for cooking: Pull the Beetroot when they are on the small side, as they have a better taste & texture.  The ideal size is that of a golf ball up to a cricket ball size. Twist off the leaves leaving 2″ of stalk. Leave the roots on. Wash the beetroot in cold water The Beetroot is now ready for cooking.  If
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Potato Blight Disease

TopVeg has (inadvertently) demonstrated that potato blight spreads in warm wet weather. When the weather was warm and wet, and for some reason a cloche had been put over half the potato row, so covering those potato leaves and keeping the rain off. The covered potatoes were healthy, but those plants left out in the rain were decimated. This all happened in a week, and
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Bean Poles, Sticks or Trellis?

Runner Beans need poles, sticks, trellis or mesh to climb up and provide support. Plastic supports last for years and tend to be stronger than bamboo canes.  When the beans are mature, they will have a great mass of foliage, which is heavy, particularly when it is wet following rain. Therefore the supports need to be strong and firmly in place. Amazon sell various
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Enviromesh Netting for Biological Control

Enviromesh netting has had a huge impact on vegetable gardening, and would be a welcome gift or present for a vegetable gardener. Enviromesh Netting: guarantees gardeners quality vegetables assures return on effort gets rid of caterpillar infested, dirty, distorted crops which children dare not eat, for fear of finding a creepy crawly in their dinner  prevents damage from: carrot fly aphids cabbage root fly
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How to have a weed free vegetable plot.

Here are a few facts to help get a weed free vegetable plot. Weeds have to be dealt with before they seed, to stop them multiplying & becoming a real problem. How to tell a weed from a vegetable plant. The definition of a weed is a plant out of place. So a weed is only a weed if you don’t want it there.
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Unwanted Potato Plants

In spring, unwanted potato plants appear in the vegetable garden.  They can grow from tiny potatoes which were missed last year, or even from parts of damaged potatoes which were left in the ground previously. These potatoes, from the previous year, are called ground keepers. The new potato plants they produce are called volunteers. This is a photo of volunteers appearing in the bean
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