4 October 2012.
Few plant diseases sound so good and yet wreak such havoc as chocolate spot and this year has seen ideal conditions for it to thrive. In mild doses this most common of fungal maladies may be perfectly tolerable but when it gets its way it will render your broad bean plants a blackened mess.
2 August 2012.
Lillian Kidd has a gang of helpers – a seemingly infinite number of grandchildren whose pumpkins have taken over a number of her greenhouses. She is, it has to be said, a little nervous for their future – the pumpkins that is – as the summer is rapidly drawing to a close and they may not ripen enough to store for the winter. You see, we are talking the Falklands here, and the growing season is unnervingly short.
3 May 2012.
Although strawberry red core is not a common problem thanks to efforts to promote the use of certified plants, this colourful ailment is nevertheless in it for the long haul. A description of its symptoms may involve a pretty rainbow of colours but its effects can be lethal.
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