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Thursdays Top 10 Tryouts (Or Show Us Yer Tips 22)!!

1. If you are spending long periods of time tending your garden/allotment during hot periods of weather, remember it is easy to get sun burnt or dehydrated. Make sure you have enough to drink and keep your head and the back of your neck protected from the suns rays.

2. Plants growing in containers such as hanging baskets will dry out quickly during hot weather. Make sure that their soil is kept moist.

3. If your bean plants are looking stunted/wilting with yellowing leaves there are 3 possible causes. The soil is too wet, the soil is too dry or the soil is not fertile enough for correct growth.

4.  July and August is the time to sow Spring Cabbage. If you are sowing directly outside, find a sheltered area of ground which has been manured earlier in the year or last Autumn, partial shade is o.k. Cloche protection may be needed later in the year. Thin out the plants in the following February/March. Harvest from April/May.

5.  If you are likely to have seeds left over this year, put them into a container and keep them in the fridge ready for sowing next year.

6.  If you want to attract bats to your garden or plot (they are insectivores), try growing the following plants, which are generally "evening scented". Evening Primrose/Jasmine, Moonflower, Wild rose, Yarrow, Tansy. Chives, Lemon balm, Mint. Cherry and Apple trees.

7.  The larvae of the bright red Lily beetle causes much damage to various plants, leaving holes in the leaves stems and flowers. Chemical treatment is in the form of, Pyrethrum, Natural fatty acids, Surfactant-based products.

8.  If you have ant hills in your lawn, place a container on top of it. As the temperature rises the ants will take their eggs up into the container. Lift the container later and dispose of the eggs.

9.  If you are using wooden handled garden tools, the wood will benefit from being treated with Linseed oil. Clean any dirt from the handle with a damp cloth. Apply the Linseed oil with a dry cloth and if it soaks well into the wood, apply another coat. WARNING - Cloths containing Linseed oil can self ignite.

10.  The following link will take you to hundreds of free fruit recipes  CLICK HERE 

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