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Timber Fence posts, panels and other timber products are often treated with anti-rotting chemicals to increase their resistance to attack by bacteria and fungi.
To avoid using these chemicals, gardeners and farmers could:
Accept that untreated wood will not last so long.
Reuse old wood wherever possible.
Treat with one of the natural wood preservatives containing vegetable oils and tree resin.
Tip bearing trees Tip bearing trees bear fruit on shoots that emerge the previous year or two. if you cut these all off, you don't get fruit.
You have to do what is known as renewal pruning, that means cutting out around a third of these shoots every year, to encourage new ones to form, upon which fruit may come the next year.
The ones you leave bear fruit the current year.
Tomato Choose varieties with disease resistance bred in for best results. The varieties of tomato plants available may seem overwhelming to a new gardener; ask gardening friends for the names of their favourites.
Tomato plants may be started indoors from seed or transplants may be purchased. If starting your own plants, use a light soil mix and give the plants plenty of light.
In plant families, the tomato is classified as a fruit (berry), but when eaten it resembles a vegetable, which it is most often considered to be.
Truffle Mushroom A highly prized and rare mushroom (fungus), that grows underground near the roots of trees.
Most varieties of truffles that are considered edible are found 2 to 3 inches below the surface of the ground, but can be found as deep as 10 to 15 inches down.
Turnips Turnips have a subtle peppery flavour and a purple or green and white skin. Try steaming young turnips until tender and grating them into a salad, or peel, dice and boil older turnips.

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