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Spinach (also English spinach) 12 Nov, Chris (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
It goes to seed (bolts) very quickly in hot weather so it won't get very large before it becomes unusable.
Spinach (also English spinach) 11 Nov, Charlotte (New Zealand - sub-tropical climate)
My understanding is that the warmer weather can cause it to bolt and go to seed extremely quickly. It likes sun but needs less heat to give the full benefits and yeild. Nz spinach does better during the summer months and is a good alternative option.
Broccoli 09 Nov, Clare Stockdale (Australia - temperate climate)
Once flowers have formed, can the plant be productive or should I throw it out? This is broccoli I'm talking about.
Broccoli 10 Nov, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Once broccoli has flowered it has gone too far.
Zucchini (also Courgette/Marrow, Summer squash) 08 Nov, Lizzy Miller (Australia - temperate climate)
Hi there my ? is can I cut the underside leaves from a productive plant, as the are becoming intrusive on my herb garden. Thank you. Cheers Lizzy.
Zucchini (also Courgette/Marrow, Summer squash) 10 Nov, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Yep cut them.
Jerusalem Artichokes (also Sunchoke) 07 Nov, Linda Swanborough (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
Where can I buy them in the Sandton, Fourways area? Thanks
Zucchini (also Courgette/Marrow, Summer squash) 07 Nov, Cherie (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
I am growing a yellow zucchini variety, mulched and composted. Trying to be consistent with the water but it's hard in the stormy weather here in Bris. Plant looks healthy and happy and fruiting well, but none make it to edible size as they get squishy and brown at the flower end (Blossom end rot?), When I break them off and open there are maggots inside... Any experience and ideas to fix this issue, not the first year, or variety, I've had this problem, though the worst it's been.
Zucchini (also Courgette/Marrow, Summer squash) 08 Nov, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
A couple of things. 1. Zucchinis need bees to pollinate or you have to do it by hand ( break off a male flower and peal the flower part back and rub the female flower). 2. You need both male and female flowers to be able to pollinate (sometimes there is all male flowers and sometimes all female flowers - happened to me this year). 3. Wet weather brings moths grubs and disease - water down low around the plants and not on the plant - also if watering the plant do it in the morning so it dries out before night. 3. With the storm season happening it is probably too late for zucchinis now. A thing for blossom end rot is some Epsom Salts - google about doing it - it works for tomatoes. By this time of the year I normally have all my plants harvested - summer too windy, too hot and chance of wrecking storms - like last night - Bundaberg.
Zucchini (also Courgette/Marrow, Summer squash) 08 Nov, Matt (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Zuchinni, pumpkin, rockmelon and such are now just starting. Early fruiting generally does not get pollinated as well as it does in a week or two's time. From your description your female fruit buds are not pollinated and then they rot and get infested with fruit fly larvae or similar. Try hand pollinating your female buds with a male bud at this stage in the season and this will secure fruit production. Strip the male buds covers and wiggle around the inside of a female bud, that will ensure pollination. Use your finger in soil if it comes out with material on it don't water, if not, water well once every 3 days. Regards Matt
Zucchini (also Courgette/Marrow, Summer squash) 10 Nov, Cherie (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Thanks for that info. I'm thought pollination was occurring, as the fruit starts growing well, doesn't that mean it has been pollinated? The fruits are about 5cm long when they go soft and squishy at the end. We do have bees around...
Zucchini (also Courgette/Marrow, Summer squash) 13 Nov, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
When the female flower comes out, the little zucchini grows to about 5 cm long in the first few days. If it is not pollinated, it then shrivels up or goes rotten in the end. You may have bees, but you need to look to see if you have all female flowers - or all male flowers. My zucchini crop - at the start they were mostly male flowers and at the end just about all female - 1 male 20 female.
Tomatillo 07 Nov, Patricia (Australia - temperate climate)
What a lovely idea! I’ve never grown them and about to plant some seeds-
Potato 06 Nov, stephen lavell (Australia - temperate climate)
all my potatoes are growing in the same soil mix sandy loam ,mushroom compost general mulch etc and ive followed your planting tips . Some are doing really well and some are stunted and look a bit sad. The best ones are producing some potatoes but im worried that the others are not going to be much good. Any ideas.?
Potato 07 Nov, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
I tried to keep hilling up with a 1/2 compost mulch and probably soil was too wet. I did get much of a crop. Use good soil with completely composted material. I would say you probably have some disease.
Asparagus 06 Nov, ken chee (Australia - temperate climate)
How could I would like to grow ASPARAGUS PURPLE BASTARD. Anyone around Sydney who could supply seedlings or crowns? Any help would be very much appreciated....
Asparagus 14 Nov, Naomi (Australia - temperate climate)
Try the diggers club online
Asparagus 07 Nov, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Try Bunnings or a nursery.
Silverbeet (also Swiss Chard or Mangold) 06 Nov, Sally Ong (Australia - tropical climate)
i want to ask can - can silver beet grow in equatorial climate like Malaysia? Please advise. Thank you.
Silverbeet (also Swiss Chard or Mangold) 07 Nov, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
You could try planting April May next year.
Yacon (also Sunroot) 06 Nov, ken chee (Australia - temperate climate)
Hi folks, I have now 6 plants growing very well in timber planter boxes and should be in a position to supply in 4 months time. Will let u know (with photos) then....
Florence Fennel (also Finocchio) 05 Nov, joel (Australia - temperate climate)
where in Australia can u grow fennel
Choko/Chayote (also Chayote squash, christophene, chouchou, mirliton) 05 Nov, John Avery (Australia - tropical climate)
I am planting a choko and was wondering what fertiliser to use when planting it?
Choko/Chayote (also Chayote squash, christophene, chouchou, mirliton) 06 Nov, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Don't fertiliser when you plant. Either mix the fertiliser in a few weeks before you plant or wait until after the plants have grown a bit before fertilizing. Just a normal veggie growing fertiliser. 10-12 N, 3-4-5 P, 10-14K.
Okra (also Ladyfinger, gumbo) 05 Nov, Chin (Australia - temperate climate)
Where can I buy okra seedlings in adelaide?
Okra (also Ladyfinger, gumbo) 06 Nov, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Try the seed selling companies on the internet. The seed collection company - Boondie etc.
Parsnip 04 Nov, helen duckworth (New Zealand - cool/mountain climate)
Whoopee my parsnips have germinated 100% by the look of the rows. Do I need to protect the seedlings from frost - I live in the McKenzie Country of South Canterbury.
Tomato 03 Nov, (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
Hi there, to tie up all my tomatoes etc I have used an old cotton/polyester sheet that I have torn into strips about 2cm wide. You get heaps of “ribbons “ and can even buy an old sheet from vinnies for $6. The polyester makes them last and they are soft on stems unlike twine and the like. Also old stockings are excellent! Cheers.
Tomato 06 Nov, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
I have used old clothes sheets towels all my life. I'm now trying a couple of posts with wire mesh between them. Train the plant in and out of the wire mesh and can use twine etc to support them also. Saves having dozens of pieces of cloth.
Asparagus 03 Nov, (New Zealand - cool/mountain climate)
I am new to planting Asparagus seeds harvested from my garden. I live in the USA in Northeast (Rhode Island) I had a bumper crop of Aspargus this year and have harvested all the red Seeds: When and how should I plant these seeds?
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