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Thursdays Top 10 Tryouts (Or Show Us Yer Tips 23)!!

1. If you are troubled with deer eating their way through your garden or plot, try planting Rosemary plants or sprinkling Rosemary oil around your planted areas.

2. This is an addition to a previously posted tip. If you are putting runners from Strawberries into pots, for later planting out, when you peg the runner down, use pegs that are longer than the depth of your pot. Push the peg through a hole in the base of the pot. This will anchor the pot down as well as the runner.

3. If you are growing greenhouse Tomatoes, remove some of the lower leaves from the plants. This allows more air circulation, more light to the plant which aids ripening and lessens the chance of soil borne diseases being splashed onto the plants whilst watering.

4. If your legumes bed will lie empty over the winter prior to using it for brassicas, try sowing  Winter tares as a green manure. ( sow July to September). Winter tares will fix nitrogen into the soil. Work the Tares into the soil about 4 weeks before sowing your Brassica crop.

5. The Devils Coach Horse, (Staphylinus Olens) a long black beetle is a good friend (predator)  to have in the garden or plot. It will eat such things as larvae, slugs and insects. If it is disturbed it will adopt a scorpion like stance. It's bite can be painful.

6. Adding lime to compost heaps is not beneficial and can actually kill off beneficial bacteria which are active within the heap.

7. To stop your growing Pumpkins from splitting, provide them with some shade as they develop and get larger.

8. It will soon be Christmas but some vegetables to sow in August are, Carrots, Cress, Kale, Lettuce, Radish, Pak-Choi, Rocket, Salad onions, Swiss chard, Turnip. Certain varieties will germinate better than others at this time of the year in average UK weather conditions.

9. Don't forget to "deadhead" your garden flowers now, as many perennials will re-flower into Autumn.

10. Pick your Runner and Dwarf french beans on a regular basis. This will prevent them from growing tough and stringy.


  1. Another week another good post on tips - I like your gentle reminders of what and what not to do.

    1. Thanks Elaine, It's pretty busy down the plot despite the rain showers and easy to forget things that need doing. I hope that my tips will help things along. I keep meaning to get a notebook but the tips also help as a record of things I have/haven't done.


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