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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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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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Flowering Rhubarb

Flowering rhubarb is a common site at this time of year.  If the rhubarb flower is left on the plant,  the root will be weakened & the stalks will be weak and thin. Some people like to see rhubarb  flowers in
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Straw Under Strawberries

We have been placing straw under strawberries.  Mike hates the untidiness of straw, as it tends to get dropped on the way to the strawberry patch & bits of straw blow round the garden.  But while he is away, I
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Force Rhubarb

* The rhubarb is ready to produce shoots in January. * Force it up, by creating a dark environment. * Cover it with a chimneypot, dustbin, or straw. Forced rhubarb has long, tender, light coloured shoots
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