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Strawberry Walls

Strawberry walls are superseding table top strawberries as a growing technique. The big advantages of a vertical strawberry wall are: save space produce more strawberries per metre than table tops uses 4 times less water than table tops growing strawberries
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How to Pick Strawberries

How to pick strawberries may seem an  odd question but picking strawberries is an art, if the strawberries are to remain bright and unbruised. The aim is to : break the strawberry stalk without actually touching the berry end up
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Problems with Table Top Strawberries

We thought the only problem with table top strawberries was that they were at the right height for the deer to eat the leaves. However, the cold weather has shown that they are very prone to frost damage. Stuck up
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American Gooseberry Mildew

American Gooseberry Mildew (Latin name – Podosphaera (syn. Sphaerotheca) mors-uvae)  is a common fungal disease of gooseberries and blackcurrants. Red and white currants may also be attacked. Signs of American Gooseberry Mildew in Gooseberries: A powdery, white coating appears on new
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Gooseberry Fool Recipe

This recipe for gooseberry fool from Waitrose is very easy, particularly as it uses ready-made custard!  Gooseberries have done well this year and we have picked some of the bigger fruits to make this pudding.   Ingredients 350g gooseberries 1
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When to Pick Gooseberries

When to pick gooseberries depends on the variety. Picking usually starts in late May – before the gooseberries are fully ripe.  The first picked gooseberries are hard and tart; these are used for cooking crumbles, pies and tarts.  If the gooseberries
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The Raymond Blanc Gardening school

The Raymond Blanc Gardening School will open in July at Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons in Oxfordshire, according to The Daily Telegraph. The chef & patron of the Oxfordshire hotel, Raymond Blanc, has a two-acre kitchen garden, which supplies more than
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Common Gooseberry Sawfly

Common gooseberry sawfly (Latin name – Nematus ribesii) is the most common pest of  gooseberries. The larvae of the gooseberry sawfly strip the leaves of gooseberry and red & white currant bushes anytime between May and September. The pale green
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Contact Us

To Contact Us: email: topvegetables@gmail.com If you have a comment, question or article idea please let us know and we will get back to you as soon as we can. TopVeg is always interested to hear your ideas & Mike
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A Glossary of Veg Words

Old Fashioned gardeners often talk in another language.  If you ask your neighbour for a spot of advice, he may use some of these words below.  We have put this glossary together to help aspiring vegetable gardeners! *apical* – the
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