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Pea and bean weevils are a nuisance but rarely a major problem on the veg patch. The larvae live in the soil and feed on the root nodules. Then when the adults emerge in June and July, they climb up the plants and eat the edges of the leaves. Thankfully, these 4mm-long, brown, sn...
The fungus that causes this problem spreads rapidly in the warm, humid conditions of a greenhouse. It usually becomes apparent on the lowest tomato leaves from early or midsummer, which develop yellow blotches on the upper leaf surface. The leaves eventually turn brown and wither...
effective control is to remove the plants while they're seedlings. Use a total weedkiller, such as glyphosate. Avoid spraying on a windy day, or when the weed's near other desirable plants. all over the gardenall yearMore advice on removing weedsWillow herb
Sow seeds of herbs like coriander and parsleySow veg seeds now. Try rocket, spinach, beetroot, carrots, calabrese, mini-cauliflowers, spinach, chicory, endive, kohl rabi, peas, spinach beet, swede and turnips
tomatoes with Bordeaux mixture to prevent blightThin heavy fruit crops, picking off the smallest. Aim to leave developing fruits about 10-15cm apart along the stems, perhaps thinning congested spurs down to just a single fruitSow seed of herbs now
Shorten sideshoots growing from the framework of espalier, fan and cordon-trained fruit trees back to about five leaves from their basePick fresh herbs for dryingPick gooseberries, currants, strawberries and other fruits as they ripenSupport heavily
Keep picking summer-sown salads to prevent the plants running to seed Plant garlic cloves outside or in modular seed trays ready to plant out later this autumnCover herbs like basil and parsley with cloches, or bring potted ones under cover
Of the black, red and yellow ants that are commonly seen in the garden, only the red ones (from the Myrmica species) sting. Other than that, ants are more of a nuisance than a pest. They feed mostly on insects, including other ants, and honeydew
of excavated soil on lawns and around the garden - and underground tunnels, found when digging the soil or making a new planting hole. Mole traps are very effective. Insert one in a tunnel, cover it with turf and an upturned bucket to exclude light, and check
Every garden has its fair share of slugs and the bad news is that they are around for most of the year. They're active mostly after dark, especially when it's damp. In hot dry weather they bury themselves to avoid dehydrating.Holes are chewed