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I have an infestation of cabbage root fly, it's any solution? And if not can I use my beds for other plants? Evarel, Bantry, Co Cork Posted: 22/05/2011


Cabbage root fly is best prevented rather than cured. More at: http://www.garden.ie/gardeningtroubles.aspx?id=627

This pest only affects members of the cabbage family.


Savoy cabbage

Planted out savoy cabbage about 6 weeks ago. Doing well. Now some of the plants are been eaten. All that remains is like a grey dust.All I can see is very small cream like bugs.Any idea what they are and how to treat. Laser, Ferns, Co Wexford Posted: 18/10/2010


It is late to plant savoy cabbage in late August. It seems to have clusters of cabbage mealy aphid, a form of greenflies. Spray with a greenfly spray.


early york cabbage

I wanted to plant early york cabbage seed to grow plants from. You recommended april or greyhound in a previous question and said they were heart shaped heads. Ive been told early york is round/ball headed in our area. Is there a round headed seed varietity of early york and if so what is the name of the seed to look for? Thanks for the help strawberry, sligo, Co Sligo Posted: 24/04/2010


Spring cabbage with pointed heads and 'April' and 'Offenham' are a good reliable varieties, sown in late July. 'Spring Hero' is ball-headed and sown in July. 'Greyhound' is a pointed summer/autumn variety sown in March to June. Ball-headed vareites are mostly summer and autumn maturing, also winter.



Is there cabbage that you can leave in the ground and just pull the leaves off as you need them? The same applies to lettuce, dermot385, achill, Co Mayo Posted: 19/04/2010


In principle you can take the leaves off cabbage but the plant will continue on to make a heart and go to seed. If you cut away the heart, but leave the cut stem in place, it will usually sprout some new small heads that can be used later.

Looseleaf lettuces such as 'Salad Bowl' can be picked continuously for a time but will eventually deteriorate later in the season.


Crops to follow runner beans

I grow on a balcony and am growing "Hestia" dwarf runner beans, as well as sweet peas in containers. Being members of the legume family, they will leave the soil enriched with nitrogen when they are finished in late summer/autumn. My question is how I can harness this enriched soil to grow plants in these same containers that will ideally give me some winter interest, either ornamental or preferably as food. As I have limited space, I would prefer something I can sow direct in late summer or autumn. The balcony is sheltered and gets about 4 hours of good afternoon sun in the summer and less in winter. daramurphy, , Posted: 12/04/2010


There will be some increase in nitrogen but in a pot most of that will wash out with watering. But you could plant spring cabbage in September, either buying plants or sowing seeds in last week of July.


Protecting cabbages

I was told that a great way to protect cabbages was to place rhubarb leaves in water and bring to the boil. Once boiled, allow for the water to cool down and then add a small amount of washing up liquid. You then spray your cabbages with the water and the washing up liquid allows it to stick to the leaves thus offering protection. Is this correct please ? virgingrower, Sligo, Co Sligo Posted: 21/07/2009


Boiled rhubarb leaves are sometimes used as a greenfly killer ... it contains oxalic acid which is a poison, which is why the leaves are not eaten. Some added liquid soap helps to make it stick and is insecticidal in itself. 




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