Pests & Diseases

Cucumbers combat Alzheimer’s

Cucumber Mosaic Virus (CMV) has been used in conjunction with a tetanus vaccine to treat allergies, Alzheimer’s and psoriasis. CMV is one of the most common plant viruses.  As well as cucumbers, it also affects spinach, lettuce and celery and
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Parsnip Canker

Parsnip Canker is the most serious problem with parsnips. Latin name – Itersonilia pastinaceae Brown or black patches appear on the shoulder of the root which then become soft and rotten. The secondary rotting which follows the initial discolouration is
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Blackfly on Runner Beans

We do not usually suffer from blackfly on runner beans. Our vegetable garden is in the north of the UK where we normally have cool, damp summers. Blackfly, like all aphids usually thrive in hot, dry conditions! Blackfly are attacking the
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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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Blackfly on Broad Beans

Blackfly    –  Latin name: Aphis fabae (in the family of Aphididae) Blackfly is a serious pest of broadbeans in the kitchen garden. A whole mass of shiny black insects cover the growing tips, flower buds and the underside of young
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Pinch Broad Bean Tops to Control Blackfly

Gardeners often pinch out the tops of broad beans to curb black fly. We very rarely pinch out the tops.  But if blackfly are a problem, the tips may be pinched out when the first pods are set. To pinch
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Bean and Pea Seed Fly

Bean and Pea seed fly (Latin name – Delia platura, Delia florilega) Adult fly is very small (3 to 6 mm long) & grey in colour Eggs are pearly white, elongated & 1 mm long, laid on the soil surface
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