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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.
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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
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Calendar of monthly jobs in the vegetable garden

TopVeg has created a calendar listing the jobs to do in the vegetable garden in each month.  Click on the link below for the month you are interested in:   Jobs for January Jobs for February Jobs for March Jobs
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New Strawberry Plants From Runners.

Most varieties of strawberries produce runners (long stems) which produce plantlets along their length. These runners will sap the energy from the mother plant, and are usually cut off as soon as they are seen.  But some growers allow them
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Grey Mould on Strawberries

Wet weather is causing strawberries to suffer from grey mould (Botrytis cinerea). Grey mould, sometimes known as Botrytis blight, is caused by a fungus Botrytis cinerea which spreads in cool, rainy weather around 60 F. The disease is particularly damaging
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