Pests, diseases and disorders

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Pests

Pests aren’t usually too much of a problem on outdoor crops, but in greenhouses commons pests include aphids, glasshouse whitefly and red spider mite (properly known as two-spotted spider mite).  Commercial growers use biological control agents to manage these pests and these are available to gardeners: where to buy.  Soft soap is useful for reducing the numbers of pests – use distilled, rain or soft tap water to dilute it. You can also use yellow sticky traps.

There is more guidance here: Pesticides for Home Gardeners RHS Advisory Service February 2015

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Fact 03

Did You Know?

In the UK, we eat 6oz (160g) of fresh tomatoes per person per week. This is the equivalent of two classic British tomatoes per week, or more than 100 per year - very low compared with other European countries, especially those in the Mediterranean region.

Phil Pearson

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Phil Pearson

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