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How to keep birds off vegetables in the garden.

To deter birds in the vegetables garden: cover the crops with netting hang bird scarers up, such as CDs hanging on string, or plastic bags tied to a stake so that they flutter place a cat statue in the middle of the crop to stop birds damaging the plants make a scarecrow
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Flea Beetle

Flea beetle can be a problem in the vegetable garden during May and June & the signs are there to see if you know what to look for.   They attack members of the brassica family including radish and swedes.  This photo shows the typical ’shot hole’ damage made by a flea beetle on a radish leaf. shot-hole-flea-beetle The young leaves can end up
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Spring Thyme

Farming Friends & TopVeg have collaborated to create a How To Grow Thyme card. The card may be pinned to the potting shed wall as a useful reference on how to grow thyme. Thyme is a short culinary herb which : grows about 10-25cm high has a trailing habit spreads a good 30cm is good at the edge of a container because of its trailing habit
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Garden Your Way To Better Health at Daisybus Gardens.

Daisybus Gardens  demonstrate how to garden your way to better health. The Pembrokeshire Daisybus Gardens are near Solva on the St David’s Peninsula, a wonderful place to visit.  The Gardens are a series of fifteen themed plots and mini meadows designed to show how everyone can reap the many benefits of a closer connection with nature.  They teach that gardening is good for mind,
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Gardening For Your Health by Mollie Jolin

Gardening For Your Health is a guest post by Mollie Jolin December 2010 With winter in full swing in much of the US, many gardeners and green-thumbs are itching to get back outside and engage in the hobby they hold so dear. Moreover, did you know that gardening has amazing health benefits other than the nutrition provided by the food you grow? It’s true!
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Apple and Plum Butter Recipe

Kevin has commented that he has not got enough plums to make preserves so ‘we will make traditional apple and plum ‘butter’. The end result is a stiff, sliceable preserve. Keeps years! ideal for sponge cakes as it is fairly ’solid’, does not run.’ Thanks Kevin – that sounds good so here is a recipe for apple & plum butter: Ingredients: 3 lb Apples
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Apple Butter Recipe

Kevin’s wife’s Apple Butter – thanks Kevin for this recipe! 1.Windfall apples (any) 2.Quarter, removing bruised and eaten bits. Keep pips cores skin intact. 3.Smallest amount of water to just covering bottom of lidded pan, this is to get juices flowing. 4.Low heat (side of range for those of us fortunate to have old fashioned range wood of course). 5.Stir occasionally lifting softened fruit
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Green Bean and Tomato Stew Recipe

This recipe for green bean and tomato stew is a novel way of using up a glut of runner beans & tomatoes at the end of the season. Ingredients: 2lb runner beans 1lb ripe tomatoes 3 onions 1/2 pint olive oil 1/2 pint hot water 1 tbs sugar salt & pepper Method: string & slice beans peel & chop tomatoes peel & grate onions
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