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  1. Winner selected - Susan Ward
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  2. To stop cats scratching out your newly planted annuals, scatter chopped up citrus peel eg orange, grapefruit around the plants.

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  3. Don't buy pots and containers for home growing. Save up all your old yoghurt pots, margarine tubs, ready-meal trays & the plastic boxes you get at the deli for seed planting.

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  4. Put moth balls on your garden to keep cats away.

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  5. Winner selected - Sandra Smith
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  6. keep old tights stocking that are ruined,cut then into strips theses can then be used as plant ties.. or supports for heavier items like melons ect.

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  7. Sprinkle a circle of potash from the fire around fruit trees and other plants in order to deter slugs and improve the soil.

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  8. Save money on seed and plant labels by cutting up plastic milk bottles. Each one easilly makes a few labels and I just cut them with a point at one end so they go into the soil easilly.

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  9. When growing your tomatoes in grow bags add extra holes at the front of the bags. Plant a empty flower pot into the hole - right down! When watering water into the flower pot - it's excellent for draining and it makes sure the water gets right into the soil!

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  10. To clear slugs, find an aerosol lid, fill it with beer(lager will do) and put on the ground in the area of where the slugs have been. In the morning you will find loads of them around the lid and you can clear them from there

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  11. Collect the dry seeds as plants are dying off for next year. Store and label in a dry place

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  12. Save your used tea bags - they make great compost for growing seedlings - especially if you put them in old egg cartons.

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  13. Winner selected - Carla
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  14. if you havent got any weedkiller use vinegar it works very well on a lot of weeds,( not all)and the soil returns to its normal ph balance in days..if weeds are in the lawn paint the weed with vinegar rather then spraying,cheap tip use any cheap wine to make your own vinegar.

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  15. Beer traps work very well for getting rid of slugs without having to use slug pellets that can be harmful to pets and children, but it can end up being expensive and some may say, a waste of good beer! A cheap alternative is to mix a teaspoon of powdered yeast, a teaspoon of sugar into some water and use that instead. The slugs think it's as good as beer and it costs very little.

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  16. start seedlings off indoors and then put them in the garden cheaper way for great plants

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  17. make cheap collers for cabbages ect by getting a lt bottle and cutting it in to rings then but then around the stem,will keep in place and stop the slugs eating them

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  18. WHEN YOU GROW IN POTS ITS A GOOD IDEA TO PUT SOME SELF ADHISIVE COPPER TAPE AROUND THE TOP TO KEEP SLUGS AWAY AFTER A WHILE WHEN ITS WEATHERD IT LOOKS QUITE NICE.
    KEEP THE POTS AWAY FROM ANYTHING THAT MAY ALLOW THE SLUGS TO SLITHER ACROSS TO THE PLANTS.I USED TO USE BEER IN NOODLE POTS SUNK INTO THE GROUND, BUT I'VE FOUND A BETTER USE FOR THE BEER I DRINK IT.
    HAVE JOY IN GARDENING AND PLEASURE IN WHAT IT PRODUCES.

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  19. save egg shells and crush them up and place around veg/flowers to keep the slugs off as they dont like the feel of it as its sharp

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  20. To help children get into gardening, buy them a cheap packet of seeds and cut in half a squash or pop bottle so it makes a mini greenhouse. Let them paint the outside and then plant their seeds in their own mini indoor greenhouse. It will keep them amused for ages and when it grows too big for the greenhouse they will be able to plant it in the garden.

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  21. put old broken mugs/plates/bowles in the bottom of a plant pots, this is excellent for drainage

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  22. to keep cats out of your garden fill up a few bottles with water and place in your flower beds on their side,I think its the reflections that scare the cats off.

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  23. Lay old carpet on your vegetable patch. Cut holes in it to accommodate plants. You want the holes wide enough so they don't touch the stem of the plant and encourage rotting, and with enough room to get a scalpel in to widen the hole as the stem thickens.

    The carpet works wonders for keeping down weeds, retaining moisture to the earth and discouraging slugs, who hate the feel of it. Old scraps of carpet can usually be obtained via your local Freecycle, so you're helping save the planets as well as some backbreaking weed pulling!

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  24. Winner selected - Jill Osborne
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  25. TO PREVENT CARROT FLY PLACE MOTH BALLS BETWEEN THE DRILLS SPACE BETWEEN MOTH BALLS APPROX 12 INCHES.ALSO ALTERNATE CARROT AND ONION DRILLS.

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  26. Apparently if you put porridge around your Plants slugs will eat the porridge which they love rather than your fruit, veg and flowers which you love.
    SunShine Smiles to All creatures Great and Small :))
    HaPpY PlantinG !! :))

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  27. Encourage your young children to get involved with growing vegetables...they are more inclined to taste (and eat) them if they have helped to grow them!

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  28. Swap seeds with your mates to save money.

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  29. On hot days water the bottom of the greenhouse to keep it cool. Saves watering the plants in the mid day sun

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  30. To avoid cabbage root fly, use old carpet cut in circles approx 6" diameter make a large enough hole for you plant in the centre of the circle shaped carpet, this will stop the fly laying eggs close to the cabbage plant and thus prevent the root being eaten away.

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  31. awesome

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  32. After grandson's sunflowers had died back I left some of the seeds on the soil & covered them up to see if any of them come through in the spring(watch this space) the rest were put with other bits & bobs to make homemade fat balls for our feathered friends to eat.

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  33. When planting trees in a garden think of the long-term effects, not only to you but your neighbours. Trees may look sweet and elegant in early years but they can turn into sunlight-blocking demons in years to come, and are often very costly to remove.

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  34. Use strips cut from old tights as garden ties. They are soft, they stretch their free and they're easily stored.

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  35. keep your old nerwspapers for lining rows between your beans

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  36. grow veg.among your flowers in the garden,they not only look pretty and different you also have the pleasure of eating them!

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  37. Instead of a kneeling mat I use a pair of my son's old skateboarding knee pads. Unlike mats, they don't get left behind, and they prevent bruised knees when kneeling on gravel paths.


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  38. thank you

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  39. If you can manage it, 15 - 30 minutes a day is a better prospect than 2-3 hours at a time in the garden.
    I'm also collecting my friends' and neighbours' compostable waste (those who don't have gardens) to boost my compost heap.

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  40. I save my toilet roll tubes for sowing runner beans,cucumbers,melons and all plants that dont like their roots disturbed then just plant out in the tube when big enough. doing my bit for enviroment

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  41. Don’t make the mistake of waiting until the weeds are established before taking action or you will spend wasted hours of pulling and hoeing in a vain attempt to catch up with overgrown weeds. Know the enemy! Being able to identify your weeds from the moment they germinate will enable you to eliminate them when they are young and easier to control. At that time a light cultivation of the soil’s crust is sufficient to kill most sprouting weeds.

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  42. situate your compost heap in a secluded part of the garden and give it a free nitrogen boost whenever you are outside and need a pee

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  43. when you are doing any digging and you come across worms put them in a small container and transfer them to the compost heap also add any tea leaves from tea bags and coffee grinds as its a real booster

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  44. Come on folks ....
    Any tips on how to deal with weeds,
    tips for sowing seeds, Tips for dealing with moss in the lawn - Any garden tip acceptable !

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