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Thursdays Top 10 Tryouts (Or Show Us Yer Tips 27)!!

1. Lutein is a hydroxy-carotenoid constituting the macular pigment of the human retina. Increasing lutein intake from foods could increase the density of this pigment and decrease the risk of developing macular degeneration. Yellow carrots are a novel food source that could increase lutein consumption. (N.L.M.)

2. At the moment this coming September is expected to bring some good weather in U.K., but if you intend to sow Broad beans, Lettuce, Radish, Spinach, Peas, Endive or Spring Cabbages it might be advisable to give them some protection from the elements.

3. This may be time consuming but its money saving. Those lengths of rope with 3 or 4 strands can be unraveled and cut to various lengths to give you a multitude of plant ties for the price of 1.

4. If you intend to grow Alpine plants remember the following tips. Most Alpines must have free draining soil. Moisture retention is necessary so add gravel or similar around the plants. Only water around the plants not over them. Keep them weed free and protect them if cold weather is expected, especially from frost.

5. Standing around in your shed waiting for the latest rain shower to pass over? Why not make a start cleaning some of those plant pots and trays, ready for their later use.

6. To attract beneficial predators  into your garden or plot, try dissolving a yeast based spread? with water, then spray it around your garden/plot. Check the other ingredients of the spread before using.

7. Planting shrubs in Autumn should give them a head start before the soil temperatures start to cool down. Try some of the following if you have the space available. Variegated Holly, Garnet tree, Firethorn, Orange dogwood.

8.Certain plants are better than others for planting on clay soils. Try some of the following. Ferns, Coreopsis, Potentilla, Virburnum.

9. Do we suffer from mosquitoes in U.K.? 3 plants that repel them are Marigolds, Catnip and Rosemary.

10.  A link to The National Wildflower Centre (Liverpool U.K.) >>>>CLICK HERE

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