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Thursday Top 10 Tryouts (Or Show Us Yer Tips 15)!!

1. If you are trimming or pruning trees, shrubs or hedges at the moment, spare a thought for birds that are nesting at this time of year. I'm sure that the trimming and pruning can wait until their families have flown the nests.

2. One method to use when thinning out Leeks is. When they are 6 to 8 inches tall (15 to 20cm), thin out the plants as required to 6 inches (15cm) apart. Make a hole approx 6 inches (15cm) deep for each plant, using a dibber, with each hole 6 inches (15cm) apart. Make the hole slightly wider than each plants thickness and fill with water. Drop each plant into the water, making sure it is not floating. Some of the root can be trimmed off to encourage extra root growth but ensure part of the top growth is also trimmed off to compensate for root loss.

3. High winds have been forecast for many areas of the UK this coming weekend. It might be advisable to check the security of your tree and plant supports if you are using any. When staking plants ensure the plants are tied on the windward side of their supports where possible so that the plant will be pushed towards the support.

4. If you have created hanging baskets this year, remember they will require regular watering, in hot weather they will probably need watering on a daily basis. Feeding is also important, a weekly liquid feed is advisable.

5. The following veggies can be sown directly into your garden or plot this month. Beetroot, Broccoli, Carrots, Chicory, Kohl-rabi,  Lambs Lettuce, Pak Choy, Peas, Radish, Spinach, Spring Onions, Squash, Swede, Sweetcorn, Swiss Chard, Turnips. Start off Winter Cabbage under glass now.

6. What is a pollinator? An animal/insect or other, (e.g. wind pollination)  that transfers pollen from the Anthers to the Stigmas of flowers. This process causes fertilization which is needed for plants to produce seeds.

7. If your Potatoes leaves are looking dull, with a blueish green appearance and small dark spots begin to appear underneath them, then this is a sign of Potassium deficiency.

8. If you require a reliable plant for a rockery, try the Mexican Fleabane. It is ideal for sun or shade and well drained soil.

9. If you are growing Cucumbers keep the following plants away from them. Aromatic herbs, Sage, Tomatoes.

10. If you like Onions/Chives try growing some Welsh Onions. These are perennials which can be used like Spring Onions or take part off the plant and allow it to re-grow.  



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