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Thursdays Top 10 Tryouts (Or Show Us Yer Tips 14)!!

1. Don't leave gardening tools, or other pieces of equipment, lying around the garden or around the plot whilst you are working. They can easily be accidentally trodden on or tripped over, causing serious injuries.

Right Arm Injury
My Right Arm After Tripping Over Some Bricks Down the Plot Yesterday

2. If you are planting out Sweet corn it should be planted in rectangular blocks at about 18 inches (46 cm) spacing to achieve correct wind pollination. (except for minipop). The soil should contain plenty of humus and several months of sunshine are required to fully ripen the cobs. Cross pollination can be a problem with some varieties.

3. Some tips to stop the spread of Tomato blight. Water plants in the morning, not in the evening. Keep the plants' leaves as dry as possible. Don't touch the plants' leaves with your fingers. PULL OFF a few of the lower leaves from each plant. Grow blight resistant varieties.

4.If your Turnips have gone to seed (bolted) before they have matured, one cause is that they have been sown/planted too early in the year. Other causes are, erratic watering combined with hot weather, inadequate spacing in heavy soil.

5.Consistency is the key when watering potatoes. The plants' soil should be kept moist but not wet. Water about every 5 days during dry weather until the plants flower. After flowering water about every 3 days but rainfall should also be taken into account. Stop watering when the plants start to die back.

6. Ants in your compost bin/heap. Get rid of them by frequently turning the compost. Ants in your compost bin/heap is also a sign that the compost is too dry. This is better than too wet but try to get an even moist balance by damping down the compost with water after turning it.

7. Although our recent weather has been hot & dry with few slugs/snails out to cause problems, one method of keeping them off your Strawberry bed is to spread saw dust/shavings around the Strawberry plants, after each rain shower.

8. A good reason for keeping your plot/garden weed free is that Cutworms are more likely to infest ground that contains plenty of weeds, than weed free areas of ground.

9. Wooly Aphid spray. Mix 1 cup of water and 1 cup of nasturtium leaves.  Simmer the mixture for 20 minutes, allow to cool and add water to equal the amount of the remaining simmered liquid. Spray the aphids.

10. Add extra mulch around the bases of your plants to retain moisture during hot dry periods of weather.

Flea beatle Damage
Flea Beetle Damage to Turnips


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