Putting old lin­gerie to a good use

The Hastings Mail - - WHAT’S ON - LYNDA HALLINAN

a good re­minder to add ex­tra stakes to fruit-laden tomato plants, egg­plants and cap­sicums. If you have blocks of corn on the go, adding sturdy cor­ner stakes and cir­cling them with twine doesn’t go amiss ei­ther. Ness mon­ster for my pond. When I saw this ce­ramic crit­ter for sale at the Aeroview Gar­den Cen­tre in Thames, I knew it was just what my pond needed. (They come in two sizes, in green or cop­pery red, and are also avail­able at Mitre 10.)

In the round­about at the end of our drive­way, we in­stalled a huge rusty wa­ter bowl and, when I last opened my gar­den to the pub­lic, ev­ery­one stopped to peer into it... which was un­for­tu­nate, as there wasn’t any­thing to see apart from stag­nant wa­ter.

But now it’s got a quirky crea­ture (and some pa­pyrus grasses).

‘‘Ha,’’ said my hus­band, which I took as a sign of ap­proval. flavour or crunch.

Al­ways sow car­rots di­rect, in soil that has been well worked over to re­move lumps, sticks and stones.

Don’t go over­board with ma­nure or com­post as overly rich soil causes fork­ing. Take your time sow­ing, spac­ing car­rots seeds a few cen­time­tres apart, to save time thin­ning later on.

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