Category Archives: Pests and Diseases

Weil’s Disease on the allotment

Weil’s disease (Leptospirosis) is a disease humans can catch from rats through water or wet vegetation contaminated with rat urine. Rats also transmit salmonella. Prevention is a matter of good practice and common sense. Discourage rats by securing compost in … Continue reading

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Scabby Potatoes

There are two forms of scab that affect potatoes – common scab  and powdery scab. Both are pathogenic micro-organisms and cause rough, scabby patches. Scabs appear during summer and persist on harvested tubers throughout storage. Common scab is most serious … Continue reading

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Potato and Tomato Blight

With the potato and tomato growing season now in full swing, it’s worth having knowledge of whether blight is active in your area. A large amount of information is available from the Royal Horticultural Society. The Potato Council has some … Continue reading

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Controlling slugs and snails

Problem-solver -slugs-and-snails is a most useful information sheet from the Royal Horticultural Society. To read this document you may need to download a copy of Adobe Reader if you do not already have it installed on your computer. The RHS … Continue reading

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Wireworm

The wireworm can be a serious pest on an allotment as it will attack the roots of most vegetable crops and also tubers of show flowers such as dahlias. Once the wireworm has burrowed into the root, there is very … Continue reading

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