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I'm new to gardening and have taken over an allotment that has been abandoned for some time.

At this moment I've started to grow potatoes. I've heard that    spraying the leaves of the plant or watering it with molasses and water can aid the plant and soil. Is this true? Thank you.

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Andrew,

I have never used molasses in my water when growing vegetables, so I do not know if it would work or not.  I feed my soil using organic fertilizers and amendments.  I dig or till these in just before planting.  Make sure the fertilizer has a combination of nitrogen (N) phosphorus (P) and potassium (K), and possibly lime depending on your soil type and what you are planting.  Amendments are such things a aged manures, peat moss if the soil is clay, compost.  

Gardening is about experimenting with your soil, climate, what grows best etc till you find what works best for you.  There are a lot of "old wives tales" that may or may not work.  You can try the molasses on a small section of your garden if you want and see if there is a difference with the other plants.  I would love to hear what happens if you try it out.  

I have lots of soil fertilizing info and tips on my website.  www.your-vegetable-gardening-helper.com

Happy Gardening,
Catherine
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I am confident I can answer any questions about planting, growing and harvesting vegetables and culinary herbs. I am very knowledgeable and experienced in garden site planning and design, propagating, soil preparation, transplanting, pest control, disease management, watering, fertilizing, and composting.

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I have been growing vegetables organically since 1993 first in my small backyard, then moving to a 2 acre plot where I grew vegetables for sale at our local farmers market and through a CSA (community shared agriculture). I started a popular website http://www.your-vegetable-gardening-helper.com in 2007 and have answered questions from all over the world through that site. I have 3 published Everything series books on gardening as well as several self published books for sale on my website.

Organizations
I volunteer and assist teaching disabled adults how to grow their own vegetable gardens. I have set up raised bed gardens in the front yards of their group homes and the gardens help to feed the households. I am very involved in our local farming community and am the treasurer and a garden mentor for a local society called One Straw, which promotes organic and sustainable practices for growing local food. I am a board of director for a government committee that is involved in keeping our ALR (Agricultural Land Reserve) safe.

Publications
I have 3 published Everything series books: The Everything Grow Your Own Vegetables Book published in 2010. The Everything Root Cellaring Book published in 2011. The Everything Small Space Gardening Book set to be published Jan 2012. I have 3 self published garden design books: Vegetable Garden Plans for your Raised Beds. Vegetable Garden Plans for Square Foot Gardening. Vegetable Garden Plans for Row Gardening. I have a self published book on soil building: Why is Soil so Important? Tips on Amending and Fertilizing I also publish a yearly journal promoting garden planning and planting by the moon cycles. The current one is called "My 2012 Vegetable Garden Journal" I write articles that are published at EzineArticles.

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I teach gardening classes on propagating, pest and disease management, and soil fertility at our local community center. My education came from my mother, mentors, and growing my own gardens.

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I write a monthly newsletter for my gardening website and send it to a email list of over 1200 gardeners. I write articles for EzineArticles. I have had numerous local clients through gardening classes and mentoring.

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