Pests & Diseases

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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Caliente mustard reduces potato cyst nematodes.

This post contains affiliate links. Caliente Mustard: reduces potato cyst nematodes improves soil structure – as a green manure suppresses soil disease and weeds – as a  biofumigant Caliente Mustard produces a naturally occurring biofumigant gas (isothiocyanate (ITC)) when its
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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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Slug Control in the Vegetable Garden

Watch out for slugs, and control them in the vegetable garden! Slugs eat young seedlings and will completely destroy your plans. Slugs like warm, moist conditions. So this spring has been perfect for them. Assume you will have slugs and be
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