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YEAR PLANNER

admin / November 17, 2017

MONTH VEGETABLES COLD   GREENHOUSE FRUIT JANUARY Dig, tidy up, weed beds & borders Clean up greenhouse. Clean up fruit bushes. Check for & remove and burn Big Bud on Blackcurrrants. Order seeds,  tubers and plants. Harvest  Brussels, Cabbages, Carrots, Leeks, Parsnips, Celeriac. Prune vines. Start Early Potatoes in box. Last chance for pruning Vines FEBRUARY Harvest Brussels, Cabbages, Carrots, Leeks,…

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FUNGICIDES

admin / November 17, 2017

Fungicides are chemicals that can limit and control to some degree, the attack on plants from spores, and moulds. While there are several available for use on flowers and decorative plants, there are very few that are licensed to be used by Amateurs for use on food. There are none that can be described as being truly organic, but the organic…

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VEGETABLE DISEASES (allium white rot)

admin / November 17, 2017

ALLIUM  WHITE  ROT  affecting, garlic, elephant garlic, onions, shallots , leeks. This is one of the most insidious diseases for alliums as it is carried in the soil, and very persistent for up to 20 years. It tends to build up in the soil where alliums have been cropped for several years and is frequently present on Allotments. The presence of white…

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PESTS and VERMIN ON VEGETABLES

admin / November 17, 2017

Forget all that sentimental nonsense about Squirrel Nutkins, Cooing Doves and other Pterodactyls, Mr. fox, Bambi, and Flopsy, Mopsy, Cottontail and Peter Rabbit!!! Harden your heart and be like Mr. Macgregor, if you want to have anything left after that lot have had their fill!! I know that some of the animal and bird lovers will be upset, but I am…

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NATURAL PREDATORS

admin / November 17, 2017

Predators are the “good guys” or natures’ little helpers. In the right conditions, they can really make a difference, especially if you do not kill them by spraying them with pesticides. Ants. For some reason, ants seem to get a very bad press In some garden centres. There are more metres of shelf space allocated to ant killing sprays and powders, than…

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FERTILISERS

admin / November 17, 2017

Fertilizers are essential for heavy cropping of vegetables, especially on allotments where the same ground is cropped year after year, and in Greenhouses where crops are intensively cultivated. It is important to know the chemical composition of a fertiliser, in order to target the right type of fertiliser to the right plant. The main constituents of a fertilizer are Nitrogen (N),…

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ORGANIC GARDENING

admin / November 16, 2017

Organic fruit and vegetables have now been shown to contain up to 40% more anti-oxidants, as will as higher levels of vitamins and trace minerals such as iron, copper and zinc, than non-organic fruit and vegetables. A four year study by Newcastle University, where they grew organic and Non-organic crops on the same site, has been confirmed with data from other…

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MAINTENANCE AND CULTIVATION

admin / November 16, 2017

The future maintenance of the growing areas should be considered when you are planning and setting out your plot. In other words, are you going to have the time and inclination to hand weed the beds many times during the growing season. Unless you are retired, or are prepared to cultivate your plot at least twice a week in the summer,…

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CROP ROTATION

admin / November 16, 2017

For crop rotation, divide your plot into 3 or 4 large beds, as discussed in the previous section “Layout”. Annual rotation of crops. It is absolutely essential for the health of your vegetables to rotate the different groups of vegetables in a three year or even better, a four year cycle. This is the way to avoid a build-up of destructive…

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CULTIVATION METHODS FOR GROWING VEGETABLES

admin / November 16, 2017

There are three basic methods for growing vegetables, and some will be more suited to your particular ground conditions than others. This section outlines the pros and cons of the various methods, in an honest way, and it is up to you to decide which one is best for you. GROWING VEGETABLES AT GROUND LEVEL IN ROWS. This is the traditional…

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