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Sweet corn (also maize) 01 Oct, Darren (Australia - temperate climate)
Sweetcorn needs a lot of compost and aged manure dug into the soil beforehand; it is a very hungry crop. Also loves water.
Potato 01 Oct, Denise (Australia - temperate climate)
I would like to grow potatoes from store bought sprouting potatoes in a foam tomato box Can you tell me if potting mix is ok to use alone Do i cut potatoes and which way up do I plant them Thanks
Potato 02 Oct, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
If I understand what you mean by tomato box, you may need something deeper than this. If potatoes are large cut in half and leave in the sun for a couple of days to dry the cut section. Then plant with the flat part down. The shoots will come out the top part.
Tomatillo 30 Sep, Paul (Australia - temperate climate)
I live in Western Victoria, and would like to try some Tomatillo. Can you advise where to buy seed or seedlings in Hamilton or Mt Gambier (nearest main centres). I do grow Cape Gooseberries which grow extremely well here, despite frosts in winter months but have never tried ixocarpa.
Tomatillo 02 Oct, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Try "Australian Seeds" website. 30 seeds $3.60 + postage. Or look for Cape Gooseberries - very similar. Look around the internet to find sellers and best price.
Tomatillo 30 Sep, Lawry (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
I get my seeds fro fairdinkum seeds. They are a farth north qld family who sell all sorts of fascinating seeds by mail order. or on Facebook.
Horseradish 30 Sep, Shelley Johnson (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Just thought I'd mention I found horsradish plants at Mitre 10 today in Westport. I've been looking for it for a very long time so was very happy. Other Mitre 10 store may have it now.
Potato 29 Sep, Heather (Australia - temperate climate)
I'm growing just a few purple potatoes in a cage following the instructions above. I've never grown potatoes before at all so need some help please. When they sprouted the little plants are not what I imagined. I thought it would be a tallish, narrow shoot but it is a little clump of leaves about 10 cm round (the clump, not each leaf). Do I just bury this whole thing in the next layer of mulch etc? I can't imagine how it will grow through. Perhaps I should have watched more closely and mounded up before the leaves opened, but I didn't notice until they were like this (the leaves are almost the same colour as the compost mix). So, is it OK to bury them now, or should I have done it sooner? I only planted four bits and the first two are as described but the other two are just coming up now, so not too late for those perhaps but they are all together.
Potato 02 Oct, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
I have never tried this. As the plant grows just add more mulch/soil around the plant but don't completely cover all leaves. Leave the top leaves out.
Rutabaga (also Swedes) 29 Sep, Daryl Pungitore (Australia - temperate climate)
How are swedes preserved? I dont really want to freeze them. Any ideas?
Rutabaga (also Swedes) 02 Oct, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
I found this on the web. I also store carrots, beetroot and swedes in my ‘cushion’ boxes.  It is easy to store them and very convenient to pop outside to get something to prepare for dinner.  I lift the vegetables and twist off the tops and then put them into a wooden box on top of a layer of compost (you can use sand for this too).  I make sure the vegetables aren’t touching and then I cover them with compost.  This way they store beautifully over the winter. Done in a very cold place though.
Rutabaga (also Swedes) 02 Oct, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Probably best to just keep in the fridge.
Pumpkin 28 Sep, Jenni (Australia - temperate climate)
My 9 year old has been eager to grow something she can eat so I gave her some pumpkin seeds from a store brought pumpkin. She dried them out and buried them. Leaves are starting to grow to my surprise. She tenderly waters them each day but wants to know, what she can "feed" them to make sure they are nice and tasty. Also, is it even the right time to grow pumpkin? We are on the south coast of South Australia and the weather is...well odd at the moment. Any tips to pass on to a very enthused and dedicated 9 year old girl? Thanks!
Pumpkin 02 Oct, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Great to hear of someone so young who wants to grow things. If this attempt fails, tell her to try next year. Plant around April/May and grow into the winter. If you have or can make a garden bed, tell her to try growing some radishes - nearly the easiest thing to grow. Go to Bunnings or a nursery and buy some punnets of lettuce or other things she likes and plant them. When starting out it is a lot easier to plant seedlings. The hard work has been done to germinate them. Also buy a little container of fertiliser (about 2kg or so) from nursery or Bunnings etc. I use a watering can (9 liters) and add a small tupperware cup of fertiliser to the water. Give it a good stir. Scale this down to say 1/2 to 3/4 of a tablespoon in 1-2 liters of water. Wait until the plants have grown to 3-4-5 inches. Little plants little fertiliser and more as they get bigger. Good luck.
Pumpkin 30 Sep, Darren (Australia - temperate climate)
Spread some compost around the seedlings, and then add plenty of mulch, to save on water in summer. As they get bigger, cut the watering back to a couple of times a week.
Yacon (also Sunroot) 28 Sep, Linda B (Australia - temperate climate)
Apologies for not checking my post...autocorrect put 'compacted' soil. I thought I typed 'composted' soil. I would imagine that compacting the soil would not be that great for a tuber! Sorry folks!
Potato 28 Sep, violet (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
hi im in soshanguve north of pretoria,am strugling to.get tubers. can I produce my own from the potato then plant on my one hector in november?
Garlic 27 Sep, tammy pillay (South Africa - Semi-arid climate)
can i grow garlic in albert fall pietermaritzburg kwazulu natal area
Tomato 27 Sep, Daisy Brown (Australia - temperate climate)
Hi guys, do we need to do plant successive crop for tomato?
Tomato 28 Sep, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Bush varieties (determinates - like Roma) of tomatoes will produce a crop all at the same time basically. Where as indeterminates (cherry) will produce over several weeks/months. Yes you need to plant successive crops if you want to be picking all year.
Asparagus 26 Sep, Ross McLaren (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
hi there what is the best possible way to grow asparagus in KZN. Tunnel, with raised beds? What Fert do I need, how many times do I water them? Want to start a small bunch to see if it will work :)
Yacon (also Sunroot) 25 Sep, Linda B (Australia - temperate climate)
In July I planted some tubers I got from my relative in the Blue Mountains ...cold up there. Came back to Brisbane and left them lying around for a few days before I got round to finding a big enough garden bag/soil to plant in. Put them NOT too deep in organic compacted soil and in a week or two they shot up. Now in September they are growing very quickly and looking great. The tubers had gone a bit 'soft' before I planted them but all seems to have gone far. Not sure when they may reach flower and die back. Excited to see what happens.
Sweet Potato (also Kumara) 25 Sep, Kathy charles (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Where do you buy sweet potato tubers in Toowoomba - can you grow them but cutting up a sweet potato and planting them. Only eat sweet potatos now do would dearly love to grow some. Planted some last year but only got 2 small ones. What am I doing wrong? Please help!!!!!!!!
Sweet Potato (also Kumara) 26 Sep, Kerry (Australia - temperate climate)
Kathy if you buy a sweet potato from the supermarket place it on a pot of potting mix keep it moist but not wet and it will throw shoots. Coff the shoots as they reach about 100mm without disturbing the tuba and plant the shoot in its growing position in suitable soil or potting mix and keep moist. The tuber will continue to throw new shoots and you continue to harvest and replant the shoots as above, From a single tuba you may harvest a dozen or more shoots. Best wishes and good luck.
Sweet Potato (also Kumara) 26 Sep, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Buy some sweet potatoes and plant them in the ground about 4-6" in the ground. In about 6-8 weeks you should have plants about 4-6" high. Pull these stems out (slips) and plant about 30-40cm or so apart. Plant them in a hilled up (about 12-18" high) row. Or cut the ends off the sweet potatoes and put some wooden skewers in them and have them half in a glass of water. Look up how to grow sweet potatoes on the internet.
Sweet Potato (also Kumara) 09 Oct, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
I have just talked to a person who commercially grows sweet potatoes. Some backpackers were in the field and I went and asked them about picking slips. The owner came over and told me what they do. After a sweet potato crop has been growing for about 8-10 weeks, people go along and break off some of the runners (vines) and they take the 15-20" (450-500mm) end section - it has to have at least 3 places where the roots will come down from the vine into the soil. This is then planted into the soil - it and the soil has to be kept watered. The vine will send down roots and the sweet potato plant will grow. The tubers will develop where the roots develop. Plant in a hilled up garden bed.
Snow Peas (also Sugar Peas, Mangetout, Chinese Peas) 25 Sep, ig (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Hello, Does anyone know how many times the snowpea plant flowers? Is it for the one season and only once? Or is it several times in the season?
Snow Peas (also Sugar Peas, Mangetout, Chinese Peas) 26 Sep, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
From my experience they flower over several weeks / months therefore producing peas for several weeks / months. As they grow taller they flower more.
Snow Peas (also Sugar Peas, Mangetout, Chinese Peas) 25 Sep, Darren (Australia - temperate climate)
Unlike green peas, snow peas only give one crop, although the fruiting might slightly staggered due to individual growth. Once you harvest the last of the crop, you should see the vines starting to die back. Pull it up.
Sweet Potato (also Kumara) 25 Sep, Joss Roberts (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Is it possible for Kumara to be grown in Christchurch, New Zealand.
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