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Thursdays Top 10 Tryouts (Or Show Us Yer Tips 5)!!

1. If you are sowing Beetroot seeds (a good crop for beginners) outside in drills, water the drills before sowing. Allow the water to soak in & sow 2 inches (5cm apart) 3/4 inch (2cm) deep. Each seed is actually a cluster. Thin out to 4 inches (10cm) apart. Do not sow Beetroot on freshly manured ground.

2. A few vegetables to sow now if the weather in your area is mild enough. Beetroot, Broad Beans, Peas, Brussels Sprouts (earlies), Kohl-Rabi, Leeks, Lettuce, Radish, Parsnips, Turnips. Asparagus crowns can be planted as well as, Onions, Shallots & Early Potatoes.

3. If you are running out of ground space for growing plants don't forget areas where you can grow things, sheds, fences, walls can have planters attached to them or use window boxes on outside windowsills. Windowsills indoors can be utilized  to grow herbs & other plants in various containers, as can patios & flat roofs. Trees in your garden or on your plot provide a place for hanging baskets.

4. Chamomile Tea can be used to control Damping Off Disease. Add a few drops to the soil around seedlings.

5. Cleaning Spades (and other tools) Fill a bucket or other container with sand, add engine oil (new or used) to the sand. When you have used the tool plunge it in & out of the sand a few times to clean it. The sand will clean off the dirt & the oil will protect the metal.

6. Tomato plants like high temperature soil. Keep the ground around the base of your Tomato plants covered with black plastic bin bags or similar to keep the heat in.

7. Soak bare root plants in water for several hours before planting out.

8. A 5% increase in organic materials, quadruples the soils ability to store water.

9. March is the time to plant flowering bulbs & tubers.

10. If you like planting flowering bulbs, plant them into pots, bury the pots in the required places in your garden. When the bulbs have finished flowering the pots can be lifted for use later.

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