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Thursdays Top 10 Tryouts (Or Show Us Your Tips 20)!!

1. If you intend to save your own Carrot seeds this year, ensure that there is no (Daucus carota) Wild carrot, Queen Anne's Lace growing in the vicinity of your Carrots. They will cross breed.

2. Queen Ann's Lace or Wild carrot has edible roots BUT there is a similar looking plant called Water Hemlock which is deadly to eat. Can you positively identify them?

Queen Anne's Lace (Daucus carota)

3. If you are growing Pak Choi, try harvesting some of them while they are still young. Cut off the leaves about 2 inches (5cm) above soil level and the plant should produce further leaves.

4. Looking at the current weather trends in UK, if you want Spring Cabbages for next year, sow the seeds at the end of this month (under glass or cloches) and plant out in the Autumn.

5. Planting Fennel and Yarrow in your garden or down the plot will attract Lacewings which feed on, Spider mites, Aphids, Caterpillar Larvae and other garden pests.

6. Blackspot on Roses is caused by wind borne spores (fungus) in water droplets. Sprays are available to control Blackspot. Spray Roses in early Spring and again in Summer or in accordance with the sprays instructions. Clear away all infected leaves and water plants when the sun will dry foliage quickly.

7. Garden peas are ready to harvest when the pods are round/fat. The peas on the lower parts of the plant usually mature first so harvest from the lower part of the plant moving upwards.

8. Some vegetables that like acid and neutral soils are:  Beans, Brussels Sprouts, Cucumbers, Marrows, Courgettes, Parsley, Parsnips, Peas, Radish, Swede, Sweetcorn, Tomatoes, Turnips.

9. Some veggies that like alkaline soil:  Asparagus, Beetroot, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Leeks, Lettuce, Onions, Spinach.

10. Thinking of keeping chickens? The following is a link to Coope making plans (PDF) >>>CLICK HERE.


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