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Macclesfield Express - - LEISURE -

Pre­par­ing bras­sica beds

If the ground isn’t too hard or wa­ter­logged, you can pre­pare bras­sica beds where you’ll be grow­ing Brus­sels sprouts, cab­bages and cauliflow­ers, by lim­ing around a third of the veg­etable plot each year, as they pre­fer al­ka­line soil. Be­fore ap­ply­ing lime, check your soil’s pH to test its acid­ity or al­ka­lin­ity, with a soil-test­ing kit, to de­ter­mine how much lime you’ll need to add. Kits come with a num­bered chart to which you match the colour of your soil sam­ple af­ter mix­ing it with the so­lu­tions pro­vided.

When ap­ply­ing lime, wear gloves, gog­gles and a face mask, and choose a still day to do the job.

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