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Thursdays Top 10 Tryouts (Or Show Us Yer Tips 25)!!

1. Your Tomato plants may have adequate supports as they grow, but don't forget to support the trusses to prevent them from snapping/bending from the extra weight of the developing Tomatoes.

2. August may be your last chance, this season, to sow Welsh onions. This perennial Alium grows with thicker stems than Chives and is a useful addition to salads.

3. If you have a taste for Garlic and have a very shaded and damp area of ground to spare, try planting some perennial Wild Garlic (Ramsons).

4. Certain herb leaves such as chopped Chives, Mint & Parsley can be easily frozen in ice cubes.

5. Nettles are said to be a good indicator of a nitrogen rich soil, some fruit bushes may benefit from having Nettles planted near to them.

6. Cut the legs from old tights and use them to protect developing Cabbage heads from attacks by Catterpillars, Earwigs etc. Old nylon socks can also be used for the same purpose.

7. Pruning of Wisterias should be done in July or August and again in January or February,. but remember when doing any Winter, pruning that heavy frosts can easily damage plants that have recently been pruned.

8. If you are using old pieces of carpeting as coverings for compost heaps or on the ground, they can contain toxins in certain backings of the carpets.

9. Yellowing of the leaves and drooping of Brassicas are possibly signs that they require the addition of a multi-purpose plant food.

10. Some house plants to try growing in low light conditions are: Snake plant, Dracaena, Spider plants and certain types of ferns.


  1. A good idea using tights on cabbages unfortunately I don't wear tights - can I borrow some of yours!

  2. I've used them all up Elaine, keeping earwigs off my sweetcorn cobs!!


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