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THURSDAY 30TH JULY
A lettuce-eating aphid is, well, eating our lettuce. Maddie and Mark pulled up the roots of some sad and sunken red leaf and found the tiny creatures crawling beneath the soil.
- Lots of lettuces in pots next to each other may attract pests. We have grown on an intensive scale for a small space, and a host of edible greens within wriggling distance of each other has proven a feast for a caterpillar.
- A lot of our lettuces have become stressed, competing for light in small containers. Whereas in the ground they might be a foot apart, in the pots they have half that space, which makes them vulnerable and more prone to infection.
- Shallower pots are on our shopping list. With the unpredictable weather, our deep pots have dried out on top in the intense sunlight, but are damp to the point of staining the terracotta with white mould at the base.
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