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Thursdays Top 10 Tryouts (Or Show Us Yer Tips)!!

1. Seedlings & Damping Off - Keep your pots or other containers in trays with no drainage holes. When the seedlings need water, add it to the trays until it has soaked upwards into the pots/containers. This avoids watering over or around the seedlings, reducing the risk of damping off.

2. Before buying those packets of seeds you want, check the packet to ensure the seeds are still "in date" and also check the amount of seeds you are getting in each packet. The amount of seed can differ widely from one supplier to another.

3. Check those seed potatoes for diseases whilst they are still chitting. Discard any damaged, rotted or diseased ones, don't be tempted to plant them.

4. During cold weather fill your watering cans with water & keep them under cover (i.e. in your shed). This should keep the water a few degrees warmer & avoid "shocking" plants when you water them, especially seedlings.

5. When you are walking on wet soil or clay (bad habit) use walking boards to avoid compacting the surface.

6. Thoroughly clean & disinfect pots, trays & containers before sowing or transferring plants into them.

7.Certain seeds, such as Parsnip, Pumpkin, Peas, Beans can be soaked in water overnight before sowing them, to aid their germination.

8. There is still a risk of frost through to April/May in U.K. so keep cloches & other plant and seed covers handy "just in case".

9. Spend an afternoon at your local garden centre or nurseries to pick out plants to fill those gaps in your garden borders. Herbs can be a useful addition as well as bedding plants.

10. Save that out of date beer & larger left over from Christmas, for later use in "beer traps" as a defence against slugs.


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