Common Rose Plant Diseases & How To Prevent Them

By Ruth Vaughan Common rose plant diseases limit production and quality. The most common diseases are fungal diseases. For the disease-causing fungi to start growing you need a combination of factors to come together at one point in time: 1)…

Ensuring Farm Produce Reaches the Kitchen and Food Table Safe

By Ruth Vaughan Concerted efforts and measures have been on-going in Kenya to enhance food safety, compliance and competitiveness in Kenya's fresh produce While horticulture has been defined as the science and art of growing fruits and…

Curbing Horticulture Soil-Borne Diseases

By Ruth Vaughan In intensive horticulture, soil borne diseases cause yield and quality loss, and if left unchecked can result in complete project failure, as we have seen happen many times. All soils, unless completely dead, have a large and…

The Dangerous Duponchelia & How to Control Them

By Ruth Vaughan Duponchelia fovealis, aka the European Pepper Moth, is an emerging pest in our Kenyan greenhouses. This may be due to the reduced use of harsh chemicals. You can often see the adults as you wander through the greenhouses, when…
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The Bountiful Benefits of Biochar

By Ruth Vaughan, Technical Director, CropNuts Biochar is the new buzz word in farming.  What is it?  Biochar is basically ‘charred’ agricultural waste created through slow burning of organic matter in the absence of oxygen (pyrolysis). …
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Sodium Strategies: The effect of high soil sodium

By Ruth Vaughan, CropNuts Technical Director In Africa, and especially in Kenya, high soil sodium is one of the major causes of yield losses, quality reduction and crop failure in irrigated agriculture.  So today, in our first newsletter,…

The Mighty Millipede: Friend-turned-foe?

By Ruth Vaughan The decomposers' heroic deeds in farms are fast being replaced by a trail of destructive activities Have the beneficial worm Millipede turned predatory? This is the question scientists and some potato farmers are grappling…