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By August/September lettuce is often getting past its best and can be prone to mildew as the days get shorter.  Here are a few suggestions for some alternatives you might like to try growing for salads and stir-fries.

Lambs Lettuce (Valerianella locusta) or corn salad

Lambs Lettuce (Valerianella locusta) also known as corn salad

Taste/type:Juicy, mild flavoured leaves.
Sow: during July and August, try and remember to sow every 2 – 3 weeks for continuous crops.
Germination takes: 7 – 21 days
Spacing: thin seedlings to about 2″ apart for leaves or 4″ for whole plants.
Container Growing: Grow in a pot at least 4″ deep.
Harvest: you will have leaves to use up to about October without protection and you can extend their use by covering with cloches, growing in a poly-tunnel or greenhouse.
Comments: Contains beta-carotene, B6, B9, Vitamin E, and omega-3 fatty acids and three times as much Vitamin C as lettuce.
Photo: Tarquin

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In Tune with the MoonAccording to the book I am using ‘In Tune with the Moon’ this is what we are supposed to be doing this week. I will try and be organised and post every Sunday what the book suggests for the following week. My review of this book.

If you are planting by the moon for the first time have you had better results than normal or has it not made any difference? Please let us know by leaving comments below.

Monday 28th to Tuesday 29th until 5pm sow and cultivate roots – All root veg, beetroot, carrot, celeriac, endive, garlic, Jerusalem artichoke, parsnip, potato, radish, salsify, shallot, turnip, onions.

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What plant is this?Just found out that it is a Cleome.

This is one of the plants that I bought at the Sunnycrest Nursery plant sale for 50p (see post below for details).




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Sunnycrest Nursery - Hanging Baskets

Sunnycrest Nursery

Plant and Shrub

Clearance Sale

Everything half price or less!

Grab a bargain and support an important charity at the same time.

Sunnycrest Nursery
Wackland Lane,
Newchurch PO36 0NB
Tel: 01983 867324

Open 9:30am – 3pm

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Harlequin ladybird (Harmonia axyridis) identificationNo, it is not a case of our ladybirds not eating their aphids but intruder Harlequin ladybirds (Harmonia axyridis). These ladybirds were introduced into North America from Asia in 1988 and some European countries in the 1990’s for biological control of aphids and scale insects.

The picture on the left shows what the Harlequin Ladybird looks like.

You can find a chart here showing our British Native Ladybirds, their sizes and what type of plant they are found on.

Wherever the Harlequin Ladybird appears it is usually followed by a decline of British Native Ladybirds.

Many people now view this species as a nuisance, partly due to their tendency to overwinter indoors and the unpleasant odour and stain left by their bodily fluid when frightened or squashed. They can get into houses through the tiniest gaps, even closed windows. When they wake up they often bite humans when looking for food, this usually causes a bump and stinging sensation but there are documented cases of severe allergic reactions to their bites.

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The Edible Container Garden by Michael GuerraThe Edible Container Garden
– Fresh food from tiny spaces
Author: Michael Guerra
Publisher: Gaia Books
ISBN: 978-1-85675-220-6
RRP: £11.99
122 Pages

This book is packed with useful information, easy to read, interesting, with beautiful photos. This is not one of those books that has been researched but not tried out, it is the result of the author buying a house on a suburban estate in North London with a 32ft long x 13ft wide garden and growing a huge range of fruit and vegetables. The last chapter is his account of changing a bare paved area into a productive permaculture garden, there is a plan of his garden included. Michael and his wife have both done permaculture design courses.

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In Tune with the MoonAccording to the book I am using ‘In Tune with the Moon’ this is what we are supposed to be doing this week. I will try and be organised and post every Sunday what the book suggests for the following week. My review of this book.

If you are planting by the moon for the first time have you had better results than normal or has it not made any difference? Please let us know by leaving comments below.

Monday 21st and Tuesday 22nd up until 5pm sow and cultivate flowers – All flowers, artichoke, broccoli & cauliflower.

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