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Thursdays Top 10 Tryouts (Or Show Us Yer Tips 17)!!

1. Most Ground beetles (sometimes called black beetles) are carnivorous, eating many garden pests such as slugs, snails and caterpillars. They are a useful friend to have in the garden or down the plot.

2. Growing the following plants/flowers in your garden or down the plot will attract many different types (of good) pollinating insects. Anise, Angelica, Calendula, Coriander, Daises, Dill, Fennel, Goldenrod, Hollyhocks, Lemon balm, Marigolds, Morning glory, Parsley, Sunflowers, Yarrow, Zinnias.

3. Add some sugar to the soapy water you wash your hands with after gardening, to remove the dirt and stains more easily.

4. Punch holes into old tin cans then fill the cans with Potato peelings. Bury the cans around your garden/plot. Every few days lift the cans and dispose of any Millipedes you find, they are a garden pest. Don't confuse Millipedes with Centipedes though.

5. Chlorine (Cl) is needed in the soil to aid photosynthesis, stimulate root growth and aid water circulation in plants.

6. If you wish to grow vegetables or flowers but you are limited for space, try container growing. Remember the following tips when using containers. Good drainage is essential. Ensure the containers are raised slightly from ground level. Choose the largest containers you can fit into your available space. Water plants well after planting. Check the soil in the containers regularly to ensure it is not too moist or too dry.

7. If you are growing Marrows allow at least 1 square meter per plant. When the Marrow starts to form, place some protection underneath it, to prevent rot starting from the soil. Using a liquid Tomato feed every few weeks should aid growth.

8. Another use for coffee grounds is to put them on the compost heap. Count the number of extra earth worms in the compost afterwards.

9. Small & Large white butterflies are discouraged by Tomato plants. It might be worth planting a few Tomato plants around your Brassica beds.

10. This is a link to great gardening  innovation. CLICK HERE


  1. Some useful tips there - especially the tomato one.

    1. Thanks Elaine, I hope at least a few of the tips will be useful here and there. Regarding the Tomato one, I don't see many "Whites" around Potatoes either. Same family??

  2. wow great i have read many articles about this topic and everytime i learn something new i dont think it will ever stop always new info , Thanks for all of your hard work!


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