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Best method of using lady bugs to prevent aphids

Ladybugs like to eat two things - some insects and pollen, so if you can plant around and about with plants that they'll like, that should help to not only attract them, but keep them around, so long ...
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What's the environmentally safe way to get rid of worms that eat the vegetable plants?

The "cabbage worm" which is really a caterpillar of the cabbage moth is best prevented by preventing the moth from accessing the plant - hoops of floating row cover are commonly deployed over cabbage-...
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Best method of using lady bugs to prevent aphids

Don't want to disuade you from trying but when a problematic bug explodes in number, they will never be quickly eradicated with a predator bug. Better to attend to conditions that caused the aphid ...
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How should I care for newly planted cauliflower and broccoli plants?

Other than preventing cabbage worms (see other answer), I'd focus on conditions. Cauliflower and broccoli both love nitrogen, more than is present in your average topsoil. They love freshly composted ...
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Why is my purple sprouting broccoli growing pods?

What you have here are seed pods - your broccoli has started to go to seed. The plant is approaching the end of its lifecycle, when it developes seeds for a new generation and dies. The leaves are no ...
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Why would a broccoli plant have grey patches on only a single leaf?

That leaf is the oldest leaf and is in the process of dying. Totally normal. Cut it off so that plant can concentrate its energy making its flower!
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Harvesting Broccoli

Cut the floret bunch off as soon as it looks big enough. Don't wait too long as it gets pithy. Broccoli and cauliflower are very tasty young and smallish. If you harvest sooner they might be able to ...
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what is the right time for harvesting broccoli?

You need to get them before they start to unbunch like the second picture as it's going into flower. The reasons you aren't getting large flowers are many, but probably not enough nutrients, or water ...
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Broccoli seedlings are way too tall but thin and weak

As noted, you found your answer on the net; too little light and too warm. When I started seeds with some success . It was in a garage at roughly 60F. I used 2 -40 watt growlux and 3- 100 watt ...
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How should I care for newly planted cauliflower and broccoli plants?

In my personal experience, the most important thing is to get row cover or some other insect barrier over them before you are visited by the white cabbage butterfly, which maketh cabbage worms. Since ...
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Purple Sprouting Broccoli recovery from bird attack

Skeletonized leaves are more likely to be caused by slugs and snails or other pests rather than birds - birds tend to go for the florets or flowering heads rather than leaves. Cropping from sprouting ...
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Why has my broccoli fallen over?

Plant them out when they are smaller. They fall over because the transplanted roots can't find enough water to keep the plant stem rigid. Watering the plants doesn't completely solve this, because the ...
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what is the right time for harvesting broccoli?

Yeah, these broccoli plants are 'bolting'. What fertilizer did you use? This is found when too much nitrogen is added, lots of vegetative growth and the reproductive growth bolts. OR, when there ...
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Broccoli seedlings are way too tall but thin and weak

Broccoli like any brassica is very hardy- so not much warmth is needed- about 10 to 15c and lots of light when they emerge, place next to a window still and turn them 180 every day- I wouldn't keep ...
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Best method of using lady bugs to prevent aphids

Aphids like many insects go for the weakest plant they can see. So, if you have a raised bed of differing plants, you'll find that the aphids will target the weak plants and leave the strongest alone....
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Beans and Onions Stopped Growing

Mostly patience is helpful in these situations. The weather has been a bit cooler than normal in N. America this spring so your beans and onions may be just reacting to that. hings are about to change ...
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Broccoli seedlings are way too tall but thin and weak

This is definitely too little light. Are you indoors? A greenhouse? No they aren't ready to be transplanted. If they are indoors by a window that is just not enough for light. You need to get a ...
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Cabbage and Broccoli Pests

I encountered a very similar issue with my Kale plants. Look under the leaves (sometimes on the front side as well) to look for green worms. Cabbage worms are attracted to brassicas and from the ...
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