From TS at Casa Mariposa: “Here’s an idea for you: Add ground alfalfa meal to the soil. It contains a natural plant growth hormone that will boost your plants. I’ve been using it for over 10 years. It’s just alfalfa horse pellets all ground up.

Its easy to add lime to soil to make it more alkaline, which is useful if you want to grow e.g. brassicas, but what if you over do it? Here’s a useful tip from TS at Casa Mariposa: “Cottonseed meal will also help acidify the alkaline portion of your garden if you want to change…
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Lots of people use a home made spary containing soap and a little oil to deter aphids. This recipe came from a post by Donna at Garden Walk Garden Talk: 1 Tbsp Vegatable oil 2 cups water 2 Tbsp soap Put this mix in a spray and mist the affected plants thoroughly. We added some…
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I lost all my dahlia tubers this year. I had stored them in the garage, but they rotted away, a combination of damp and cold. Sue at Green Lane Allotments commented on my post about it. She has a plot in North Yorkshire and gardens on heavy clay like me, so I was encouraged to…
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The cabbage root fly likes to lay its eggs at the base of brassicas. The larvae hatch and burrow down to the root. The conventional method of preventing this is to surround the base of each plant with a collar, a disc of around 10cm (4″) of something tough like roofing felt or even cardboard…
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