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Club Root & Cabbage Root Fly MaggotsClub Root & Cabbage Root Fly Maggots

Club Root

This is a fungal disease causing stunted growth, purplish foliage and wilting in hot weather. The root system also becomes swollen and distorted. It is worse on acidic soils and in warm, wet weather.

Remedy:

  • If you have acidic soil you should apply lime before you plant.
  • Test soil acidity using a pH meter which you can buy from DIY stores, or garden centres.
  • If the pH of your soil is less than pH6, it is acidic.
  • Once you see the symptoms of club root, there is very little you can do.

Birds:

Some birds, especially pigeons, will strip the leaves from broccoli, affecting the plants vigour and yield. They will also pull up seedlings.

Remedy:

  • Scarecrows and other devices for frightening birds may work for a while, but the best way of protecting crops is to cover with fine netting, such as Enviromesh. This will also help to protect plants from caterpillars.

Caterpillars:

  • A number of caterpillars will feed on cabbages, but the most common are those of cabbage white butterflies.
  • You will usually see the caterpillars, if not, you will see the holes they make in the leaves. They will also bore into the heart of cabbages.

Remedy:

  • In mild attacks, or if you have only a few plants, you may be able to pick the caterpillars off.
  • You can spray with pyrethrum, deltamethrin or lambda-cyhalothrin.
  • Insect-proof mesh or fine netting (5-7mm mesh) can prevent egg-laying.

Cabbage root fly:

  • Adult cabbage root flies resemble house flies.
  • Their larvae are white maggots that feed on the roots and can kill seedling and recently transplanted brassicas

Remedy:

  • Protect seed beds and young plants with fleece or insect proof mesh.
  • Remove these when plants 15-25cm (6in-10in) tall, and place a felt collar at the base of each plant to prevent eggs being laid.

 

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Aubergine Parmigiana

Aubergine ParmigianaAubergine Parmigiana

This simple aubergine parmigiana recipe from Italy makes a cosy mid-week meal. Serve this cheese, tomato and aubergine bake as a vegetarian main dish, with some wholewheat garlic bread or a peppery rocket salad, or you can also make it as a hearty side for for a meat dish.!

 

Aubergine and Tomato Bake

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 Super easy and super tasty dish!

 

Rhubarb & Custard Cocktail

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Category: The Growing Season

The Growing Season

The growing season

The Growing Season varies in different parts of the United Kingdom, but in Hatfield Peverel we are blessed with a milder climate and enjoy a longer season than many parts of the country.

In this section of the web site I have tried to separate the season out into monthly sections to help and guide you through the most popular tasks and crops regularly grown on the allotment site, but if you would like a feature made of a particular vegetable or task, please get in touch and I will do my best to add it to the web site for you.

 

Jobs to do in June

Jobs to do in June

Summer should be here!

Usually the risk of frost has passed by now, and with longer days there comes more sunshine and time to be in your allotment. If the weather is dry, then water your seed drills well before sowing any seeds – this way the young plants will develop a good root system.

 

Jobs to do in October

Jobs to do in October

October is the month when it feels like the season is about to turn, the days start to shorten and the sun appears lower in the sky, the leaves change colour and fall to the ground and temperatures drop.  The first frost are likely too, which will be the end of many of your crops out in the open so if you still haven’t harvested frost sensitive crops now is the time before Jack Frost gets them!

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