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Make a cross-cut in cabbage stems when harvesting to encourage a further cropSow broad beans for early crops next May and JunePut cloches over tender herbs like basil and corianderPot up mint, chives and parsley to keep on a bright window sill
Clear away climbing beans, then pull up, clean and store away canes and supportsPlant new fruit trees and bushesCheck fruits in storage and remove any showing signs of rotPot up leafy herbs to bring on to a window sill and use in winterSow hardy
Many aches and pains associated with gardening may be relieved using home-made herb oils, which are great for massaging into tight muscles.Comfrey ointment can be used for relieving pain from sprains, arthritis and inflammation, as well as rubbing
that shade ripening tomatoes. Pick parsley leaves when young for the best flavour.More inspiration for edible container featuresLearn how to grow your own display of edible herbs.Start growing fruit with a strawberry hanging basket.Plant a lavender garden
plants in our video from the Gardeners' World garden at Berryfields.courgettes, outdoor cucumbers, marrows, pumpkins, squashesearly summer Common problems affecting vegetable plantsPotato blightPea and bean weevilsCarrot root fly
The caterpillars of both the small and large cabbage white butterflies are are the two culprits. The first is pale green with a body up to 2.5cm long, the second is bigger at 4cm and is yellow with black markings. The adult butterflies lay eggs at different times: the small from ...
anythingearly spring, summerMore common garden pestsLeatherjackets on lawns, brassicas, strawberries and ornamental plantsElephant hawk moth on fuschia plantsWhitefly on greenhouse plantsMullein moth - affecting verbascum, buddleja and figworts.
trees and bushesall year roundMore common garden pestsWoolly aphidsScale insectsPear leaf blister miteLeafhopper
.a range of ornamental plants, trees, shrubs, herbs, some vegetables, fruitspring, summerMore common garden pestsAphidsScale insectsFlea beetleEarwigs
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...