Pests and diseases

Slugs and snails Enemy number one for most vegetable growers, slugs and snails, love damp conditions and thrive in a warm, wet summer. Crops affected: Virtually any crop –snails above ground, slugs both above and below soil level. Worst affected are brassicas, carrots, potatoes, seedlings. Symptoms: Nibbled leaves and roots can be confused with other pests such as caterpillars. Look…

How to sow

Some vegetables are sown direct and then thinned out as they grow and are harvested where they were originally sown. However there is another technique; this uses a nursery bed to sow seeds in to and these are moved to their final positions when they are small plants. Traditionally crops such as brassicas (cabbages, kale, cauliflowers, Brussels sprouts etc.) and…
Small space growing

Small space growing

If you don’t have a lot of room to grow, there are many ways to maximise crops from tiny places. Emma Rawlings suggests some ideas. Edible corner This picture shows that in a small sunny corner you can create something attractive but productive. Planted at the back is an espalier fruit tree. You can buy young trained trees or you…
Cornish Cabbage Plants

Cornish Cabbage Plants

Andrew Arnold is the third generation of his family to grow bare-rooted brassica plants in the fields of Cornwall. In a county probably more famous for ice cream than vegetables, this method of producing a staple British dinner table favourite harks back to traditional farming times. The Arnold family has specialised in growing traditional and heritage varieties in this time-honoured…