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29/01/2012 at 22:35

I'm definitely against it but here is a tip I learnt from an old man that lived close to us many years ago.  When you have planted  your seeds in pots or trays sprinkle crushed  charcoal on the top and you will not have problems with "damping off" of your seedlings.  All our heating comes from wood burning stoves and there is always small bits of nearly burnt wood in them which is what I use and I haven't had this problem in nearly 18 years of serious gardening so there must be something in it, charcoal has been used for years for it's purifying effect after all.

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