Just like many other gardeners I’ve encountered my fair share of challenges with veg growing over the years.

This year I’ve had a great gooseberry harvest and the boys particularly liked the sweeter yellow variety. I like them all;  especially if they’re part of a crumble! But then gooseberry sawfly struck overnight and this is what the bushes looked like the next day

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I love my onions and it just makes sense to grow my own. But last year I had a severe onion white rot attack. So, this year I’ve just grown shallots which have done brilliantly

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Peaches – who doesn’t like them? Well, they’re not the easiest of fruit. They blossom early so you need to watch out for late frosts and have to give a helping hand with polination.

They’re also prone to peach leaf curl which looks dreadful and weakens the tree. It normally doesn’t affect the fruit.

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But peaches are still worth the trouble as they’re delicious when they’re ripe.

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Now let’s talk Clubroot. I know I’ve got it on the plot but thought I had planted my brassicas in an unaffected spot. Well think again C_Veggie! So far I’ve lost nearly a third of my brassica plants this season. Clubroot, I really hate you!

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But as if Clubroot isn’t already enough, all of my early sown red cabbages were completely destroyed by aphids. Thankfully a second sowing is doing really well.

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Next up are slugs. I hate them with a passion but they don’t seem to care. Their survival strategy is to first do as the birds and the bees do…

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…and then they start to munch for England

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Then there is the tomato end rot which struck my toms a few years ago. Irregular watering could have been to blame for it.

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I suppose I better stop for now as I don’t want to discourage any of you from growing your own!

Happy veg growing

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