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Starting with pumpkins – Part 3

If a few simple precautions are taken, this crop is easy to grow, explains Bill Kerr.
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Starting with pumpkins – Part 2

Bill Kerr takes new farmers through the planting phase.
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Growing pumpkins – Part 1

Get the basics right: start with a soil analysis, and then use cattle and poultry manure, says Bill Kerr.
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Lucerne for beginners – 2

General guidelines for establishing and handling this legume.
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Know your crop pests: Leafhoppers

Leafhoppers are small (less than 1cm in length), slender-bodied insects with pointed, wedge-shaped heads and large eyes.
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Lucerne for beginners - 1

General guidelines for soil and seed preparation.
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Know your crop pests: Black citrus aphid

The black citrus aphid is a pear-shaped aphid about 2mm long.
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Furrow irrigation

This form of irrigation is good for row crops, such as tomatoes, cabbages, and leafy vegetables.
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Diatomaceous earth - natural and effective

Diatomaceous earth has been used the world over for decades as a means of pest control.
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Mulching: what it is, and how to do it properly

This proven method protects the soil year-round and suppresses weeds.
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