Thursday, 5 April 2012

Thursdays Top 10 Tryouts (Or Show Us Yer Tips 6)!!

1. If you are sowing Sweetcorn, sow into compost able pots. The pots can then be "planted" into the ground, thus avoiding disturbing the seedlings roots, which Sweetcorn dislikes.

2. Bay has many uses in the kitchen. Being an evergreen storage is not a problem. Bay does not like frosts but can be grown easily, outside in warm climates. Keep protected from cold & frosts in less warm climates.

3. If you are having problems with animals on your garden or veggie plot try sprinkling some of the following around your plants. Red Chilli Pepper, Cayenne Pepper or freshly ground Black Pepper.

4. Many vegetable growers find Cauliflowers difficult to grow. Try the following. Check that their soil is neutral to slightly alkaline. Ensure the soil is very rich in nutrients, prepared the previous Autumn. About a week before planting apply a general fertilizer (about 90 to 100 grams per square meter). Full sun is required away from trees shrubs & hedges.

5. If you intend to sow Pumpkin seeds (or similar) ensure they are sown at a depth of approx 1 inch (2.5cm) on their edge, do not firm the soil/compost down on top of them after sowing.

6. Recent longer periods of dry weather may mean more watering of plants, but try to avoid over watering. Soil should be evenly moist but not waterlogged. Try to water early morning or in the evening to avoid evaporation from the soil. Water at soil level but avoid splashing soil onto plants which can spread disease.

7. If you have created an Asparagus bed, the following are good "companion plants", Basil, Parsley, Tomatoes, Pot Marigolds. AVOID SOWING/PLANTING ONIONS NEARBY.

8. Radishes are a good vegetable to grow in succession. They like cool moist conditions in an acidic soil. Sow thinly in drills. They will mature quickly within a month or so.

9. Myth or magic, try mixing 1 tablespoon of Epsom salts to 1 gallon of water. Water your Tomato plants with the mixture if they show signs of magnesium deficiency.

10. The Himalayan Blue Poppy is an ideal flower to grow in shade/partial shade in your garden. It is a hardy perennial which prefers a well drained but moist acidic soil. Seeds can be sown from March to May.

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