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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.