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    I think I heard this tip on Gardeners Question Time (so it's not strictly mine to give!) but I'd still like to pass it on as I've found it useful.

    If you're like me (too disorganised and busy to write down what you need to sow) put your seeds in one of those folders divided into sections. Mine's a plastic folder with elastic to hold down the flap that closes it and I've labeled the sections with the names of the months.

    You organise your seeds in it according to the month you need to start sowing them and then (when you've planted them and that month's finished) you move them to the next month. When I get out into the garden I open my folder, take out this month's seeds and see what I need to plant more of/start sowing

    Hope my explanation made sense!

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    I protect runner and climbing french beans with tubes made from 5 or 6 inch lengths of plastic bottles. Plant the bean into it close to the cane and push the piece of bottle into the soil, with luck the slimy nasties won't get at the plant. You can also have a second line of defence by scattering a few organic slug pellets inside the bottle tube.When you take up the beans at the end of the season thread the tubes onto a length of string and hang them in the shed till next year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by elsie-scot View Post
    Some fruits are sold in a plastic tub with a lid, not so great for the environment excessive packaging view point, but they make fantastic mini propagators, with plenty ventilation/drainage holes.
    Like most of us shopper/gardeners I have a selection of used fruit and veg containers some of which actually match for size.
    Unfortunately if you want a clear one on top of an opaque one for propagation they tend to fall apart.
    Plant clips as sometimes sold by Aldi's are ideal for keeping them safely together.(see pic. )

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    Make your garden plants work for your plot, i have a very large bamboo plant in the back garden, constantly needs pruning as it is a fast grower, i cut down the canes and use them up the lottie for my beans and climbing plants.
    No air miles involved and they look lovely too. Old tights also make fab ties for canes cut into strips
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    To check how cold your windowledge gets at night, rather than getting up several times or buying a min/max thermometer. Leave a plastic bottle of water on the ledge at night, check it in the morning and that should give you an idea of how cold it got during the night.

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    Keeping a mini-greenhouse warm

    I read on another thread about leaving a tray of hot water in a mini-greenhouse at night to raise the temperature. Even though I'd been fleecing my peppers and chilli, they were making no progress.

    I lined the bottom of the mini-gh with several layers of old newspapers, then filled an old cast iron pot with boiling water and put it on the newspapers each night.

    I don't have a thermometer to check, but since doing this I've felt the mini-gh is warmer in the morning, also the plants have definitely started (slowly) to progress.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lottieval View Post
    I protect runner and climbing french beans with tubes made from 5 or 6 inch lengths of plastic bottles. Plant the bean into it close to the cane and push the piece of bottle into the soil, with luck the slimy nasties won't get at the plant.
    I do this too but add copper tape around the top of the tube. Seems to work most of the time. It's those abseiling snails I can't stand !
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    Quote Originally Posted by maytreefrannie View Post
    Keeping a mini-greenhouse warm

    I read on another thread about leaving a tray of hot water in a mini-greenhouse at night to raise the temperature.
    A candle will do the same thing. It will keep the temp above 0c.
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