Archive for the ‘Pests and Diseases’ Category

Garlic rust

Person Author: Lajos Szabo Calender June 16, 2012 Posted Tags: , Comment 2 Comments
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What is rust Rust on plants is a fungal disease and it is not easy to control in humid weather as this helps the rust to spread easily. This year it seems to be a big problem on garlic. The weather was and still is just perfect for the rust to develop, rainy humid conditions and low light is the friend of the rust. Depends on when you planted your garlic you might or might not be able to save your bulbs. Generally autumn plantings are not affected too much or even if they do get rust you can cut off the infected leaves and wait a week or so more and harvest your crop, as normally by the time the rust strikes the bulbs in the ground are ready to pick. This year the wet and cold weather played a big advantage for the rust and the weaker young plants are more likely to get this disease. So

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Aphids

Person Author: Lajos Szabo Calender June 7, 2012 Posted Tags: , Comment No Comments
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Aphids or most commonly known as greenfly or blackfly are very common, soft-bodied sap sucking insects. They feed on a wide variety of plants, houseplants, trees, fruits, vegetables and greenhouse crops are all affected. There are more than 500 different aphid species in the UK, some of them are very plant specific and feed only on a handful of plants but many of them damage lots of different plants. They colonise on the new growth of the plants, around buds, flowers and the underside of the leaves. You can find greenfly on roses and on houseplants, blackfly on broad bean and on artichokes. The many species vary in colour from yellow to green, brown to black. As they suck the sap out of the plants the plant will get weaker, producing less crop or in cases completely blocking flowering and

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Make your own garlic spray

Person Author: Lajos Szabo Calender May 28, 2012 Posted No Tags Comment 8 Comments
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In this hot weather the aphids are having the time of their short life. Broad beans, roses and many other plants and vegetables are suffering from aphid (green fly or black fly) attack. They really love my artichokes in the allotment and the ants run around them, literally farming them, so they can feed on the sugary syrup the black flies produce. I would not mind them much in the ornamental garden but really don't want them on my fruits and vegetables, especially that I grow my produce from seeds. If you plant veg and some smelly plants together, you do companion planting, so you well know that it is recommended to plant garlic around broad beans for example. The good news is that following this idea you can make your own garlic spray which will be an excellent weapon in the fight agains

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Leaf Scorch

Person Author: Lajos Szabo Calender May 19, 2012 Posted Tags: , , Comment No Comments
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So far we did not have a great spring here in the UK, which affect our growing efforts in many ways. One of the problems many gardeners experience is unhealthy looking leaves on planted out vegetables or even on seedlings kept indoors. This condition called scorch. It is often caused by extreme temperatures or just radical fluctuation of temperatures within 24 hours, overwatering, overheating, direct sunlight, cold and strong winds, transplanting shock, nutrient deficiency. Symptoms of leaf scorch include browning of the leaf margins, browning or yellowing leaf tissue between the veins. When the scorching advances entire leaves can get brown or the entire plant can wilt rapidly and the colour remains pale green even when the plant is dead. Water droplets on the leaves can magnify

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How to protect your plants from slugs

Person Author: Lajos Szabo Calender May 14, 2012 Posted No Tags Comment 14 Comments
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We are all having a very wet spring and slugs seem to be a big problem this year. There are more than 20 different slug species in the UK and one can lay as many as 500 eggs. They munch away on your precious seedlings and can cause an irreversible damage. Here are a few tips on how to protect your plants. Place copper ring or wire around the plants you would like to protect. The copper reacts with their slime so the slugs will not cross it. Some folks say it works some say it does not. Well, try it yourself; if you have a big slug infestation which can be he case in this rainy spring, then use more than one method at the same time for the best results. Sprinkle about an inch thick layer of sharp material around the plants. The best is crushed egg shells as it is a really good fer

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