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Local Farmer Provides Allotments

A  local farmer in Beverley, Tamara Hall, is providing 4 acres of land for allotments. There was a waiting list of over 300 for allotments in Beverley, but that has now been drastically reduced as 64 people have signed up
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Planting Autumn Onions

Shakespeare is a good variety of onion to plant as sets in the autumn. Onion sets are very small bulbs which will grow into mature onions.  Onion  sets are often planted instead of onion seeds as they are thought to produce
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Chitting Potatoes

Potato seed is chitting. Chitting is the controlled production of sprouts on seed potatoes before planting. But the controlled production of sprouts is the key. The length & strength of the sprout must be controlled to give a short (1.5-2.5cm
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Analyze Nutrient Levels in Tissues of your Plants

Analyze the Nutrient Levels of the tissues of vegetable plants in your garden. Plant tissue analysis complements soil testing and helps identify ways to use nutrients more efficiently. Nutrient deficiencies or toxicities can be identified from plant tissue analysis. Tissue analysis measures the levels
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Mulch Soft Fruits

A mulch is something which covers the ground completely, in a thick layer, without any gaps. Place the mulch round fruit bushes and trees. Leave a slight gap around the base of the fruit plant to avoid fungal growth. Organic
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Plant a Pair of Pants #soilmyundies

Plant a pair of cotton pants in your vegetable garden to check the health of your soil biology. If when you dig them up after eight weeks, just the waist band is left and the biology has dissolved the 100%
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Are Microplastics a Soil Pollutant?

  Scandanavian research  warns growers of the high concentration of microplastic in soil. Microplastics are tiny plastic particles used in scrubs, toothpaste and beauty products.  They also originate from the degeneration of car tyres, and surfaces composed of ( or coated
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How to Grow Baby or Mini Leeks

Baby/mini leeks are used for salad, stir-fries, soups and stews.  Children like them because they are pretty, mild and different. To grow baby/mini leeks: space close together in the row sow in a small garden, an allotment, or in containers
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Ridging Up Potatoes

Traditionally potatoes (latin name – Solanum tuberosum) are grown in a ridge so that the new potatoes formed at the end of the underground stems do not become exposed to the light. If potatoes are in the light they turn
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Why are Potatoes Ridged up with Earth?

Why are potatoes ridged up with earth? Earthing up potatoes stops the light getting to the growing tubers. If potatoes catch light, they turn green and they should not be eaten. Earthing up potatoes into a ridge improves the yield
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