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Thursdays Top 10 Tryouts (Or Show Us Yer Tips 11)!!

1. If your Tomato plants are still sitting in pots/trays & are looking in bad condition due to the recent cold, damp & lack of sunlight, try insulating the pots/trays to keep some warmth at soil/root level.

2. May/June is the time for planting out Brussels Sprouts (weather & ground conditions permitting). Use a dibber to make a hole for each plant. Keep plenty of soil around the roots of each plant and plant to the first set of leaves. Firm in well to avoid wind rock later. If the weather/soil is dry water in well.

3. Old Bar-B-Cue skewers are a good tool for catching slugs with, if you don't like handling slugs. (Who does)?

4. Lawn fertilizer (adults only) 1 can of beer, 1 cup of Epsom Salts, 1 cup of Ammonia, 2 cups of water. Mix together add to sprayer and spray the lawn.

5. Put seeds you are going to sow into the fridge or freezer (for 1 week) prior to sowing. This should speed up their germination time.

6. Mix equal amounts of cider vinegar and water together. Spray onto fruit trees during the growing season. (This spray is supposed to be effective against Fire blight).

7. Got an old wheely bin, fit a tap to it and use it as a mobile water butt. Do not overfill it, ensure that it does not tip over whilst moving it.

8. Garlic is a good companion plant to Celery, Cucumber, Lettuce, Peas, Roses and some fruit trees.

9. Freezing & using Leeks. Remove the outer leaves, rinse, pack & freeze. Plunge into boiling water for 10 minutes to use.

10. This tip is a link to advice about constructing a wooden planter: CLICK HERE


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