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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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How to Make Vegetable Crisps – Recipe

Vegetables make healthy snacks – vegetable crisps are delicious. Most root vegetables make tasty crisps: potatoes parsnips carrots sweet potato beetroot   Recipe for vegetable crisps: slice veg thinly with a potato peeler if using potatoes – wash the slices
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Courgette Recipes

(This post contains affiliate links) The abundance of courgettes in the vegetable garden prompts the search for more innovative recipes! Elaine Borish has written a book called “What will I do with All Those Courgettes?” We enjoy our own recipe
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Terthill – A Solar Powered Weeding Robot

Franklin Robotics have designed a Solar Powered Weeding Robot called Terthill. The robot wanders through the veg garden strimming any small plant it comes across.  The robot senses and moves away from large plants, or plants which have been protected by
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