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Community Food Hub - Garve Hotel

Post in Community Care by Tina Hartley
We are coming to the end of this fantastic community service

29 July 2020 will see the end of the Community Food Hub Service

A massive thank you go out to Gemah Graham and her helpers for co-ordinating the food hub during lockdown.
 
As restrictions begin to lift, demand for the hub is getting less and we have made the decision to end the service on 29 July 2020.
 
Thanks also go to LCT for supporting The Garve & District's Development Company's response to Covid19.

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Steve Jones said:

This is a Virtual Veggie Patch comment (I'm putting it here because I cannot find how to put it on the Vegie Patch page!). I would welcome advice on two points. 1. My gooseberry plants are suffering from sawfly stripping the leaves, despite choosing a hardy brand and being in a relatively open and airy position. Does anyone else suffer from this? And what is the most effective way of avoinding it other than spraying with pesticide? 2.I planted some new raspberry plants ealier in the year. They took really well and have grown rapidly producing some fruit in their first year. Having been away for two weeks, I have come back to find that most of the plants now have brown leaves abnd appear to be dying. It has not been a particualaly dry two weeks although quite hot at times. Anyone else had this problem? Anyone  else successfully growing raspberries in our area and how are you doing it? Steve  

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Sue Tarr said:

Hi Steve,

Yes, gooseberry sawfly can very quickly defoliate the whole bush. I agree I don't like using pesticides either and the best options are to keep an eye out for the caterpillars at a very early age and squish them before they get out of hand. For next year, keeping the ground round the base of the plant clear of vegetation also helps. You can also try a Nemasys biological control, although it is probably too late to try it this year - May/ June would be more effective as it is quite expensive .

The raspberries don't sound good. Try giving them a feed with bone meal . It might have been due to weather conditions but there can be problems with root rot especially in wet ground, unfortunately it is quite serious. I hope your rasps recover alright.

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Steve Jones said:

Thanks Sue, very helpful. 

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Mark Dale said:

Hi Steve, This is yearly occurance. The sawfly overwinter in the soil and emerge to lay eggs April/May.  turn over your soil at the base of the bushes early spring. Once you have found evidence of eggs you will need to do daily inspections over a two week period. The eggs are normally on the lower leaves and can be found following the viens of the leaf. I just remove these leaves. Once the caterpillars have hatched,  you need to check the underside of the leaves daily, it is the the finger and thumb routine I am afraid.

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Steve Jones said:

Thanks Mark. I suspected there was no magic fix!! 

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