Signs of carrot fly

They may not be the fastest veg to grow but they are well worth the effort – the aroma of freshly pulled carrots and fresh to the plate is a joy not to be missed. Oh dear, but what are those black streaks? These are the tell-tale sings of carrot […]

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Harvesting peppers

We grew lots of sweet peppers in the polytunnel this year – wonderful crop!  Grown undercover in pots, they don’t need much attention apart from watering, feeding with tomato food (when the flowers arrive) and making sure you pot them onto larger pots as they grow – this is because […]

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Gooseberry sawfly problem?

If you cherish your gooseberry crop, keep an eye out for gooseberry sawfly, which can devastate the foliage on your gooseberry bush. They first thing you’ll notice is that the foliage will start to disappear and then when you look underneath remaining leaves you will see little green caterpillars with […]

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Blackfly on broad beans?

The tips of broad bean plants are something of a magnet for blackfly (black aphids). These will cause stunted growth and affect the quality of the pods. So what can you do about it? 1. Prevention. When the flowers on the plant start to set (produce pods) at the bottom […]

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Broad beans – autumn or spring sowing?

If you want to grow broad beans, when is the best time to sow them? The answer, of course, is it depends. Autumn Sowing • If you sow in October/November you will have an earlier crop than those sown in spring (estimated 30 weeks from sowing). The plants are also […]

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Success with chillies

Chilli peppers are wonderful plants and there are lots and lots of varieties, coming in all different shapes, sizes and degrees of heat. They can make great ornamental plants too! However, people sometimes wonder why their chillies don’t do so well. Here are a few tips: • Chilli seeds need […]

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Mudketeer’s diary- 10th Sept 2018

Saving seed It’s that time of year again when we can save lots of seed for sowing next season. Here I have collected lots of coriander seeds. Just off a few plants I probably got about 300 seeds and if I bought the equivilent seed that would probably cost me […]

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