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Grey Mould Spoils 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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Slugs on Strawberries

  This is a bad year for slugs  on strawberries. The slug population has exploded in the ideal conditions provided by the wet conditions last summer & this spring. To reduce slug attacks on strawberries:     surround the strawberry row
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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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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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