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Onion 01 Dec, Mike (Australia - temperate climate)
Read what it says above - it tells you.
Silverbeet (also Swiss Chard or Mangold) 27 Nov, Don (Australia - temperate climate)
I have young silver beet in a raised outdoor bed, leaves are approx the size of the top of a cup and they are all going to seed. What is the best way to handle?
Silverbeet (also Swiss Chard or Mangold) 29 Nov, Tanya (Australia - temperate climate)
I don't think there is anything you can do to stop them going to seed. These thou I find just usually self sow (so just let them go) and more will come up. (I have silverbeet all year round in that bed and I don't replant them)
Silverbeet (also Swiss Chard or Mangold) 27 Nov, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
How fertile is the soil. A plant once it has used the fertiliser in the soil will go to seed to reproduce itself. I haven't grown silver beet for 20 odd years although a fellow has some growing in the Men's Shed gardens I look after. He has just started to pick them the last week. These were planted after a crop of lettuce and once the SB were established from very small seedlings I gave them a little hit up with fertiliser. I use a little Tupperware cup of fertiliser (7cm across and 4cm deep) into 9 liters of water - leave for a few hours and give a good stir. I used that 9 L to water 7 SB, 12 climbing beans, 4 Ceylon spinach and 6 rock melon plants. YOU could pick the seed head off and give them a fertilizing - but I think it might be too late.
Watermelon 26 Nov, Jilly (New Zealand - temperate climate)
I would.like to know why lately a lot of supermarket watermelons are rubbery and soft in texture?? ..ugly to eat..not lovely and crisp
Marrow 25 Nov, Anna (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Sadly, I didn't get any answers or help, however, I located old marrow seed and they are germinating. Pumpkins are mostly ready and big old squash are now half grown. Subtropical weather is not very kind to many fruits and vegies at this time of the year so I am finding but I am also discovering what does really well!
Marrow 27 Nov, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Anna - The posts just on this page go back to 31 Dec 2014 and no posting by you, asking questions. I take it you are asking about marrow, squash and pumpkins. For these you need to know if you have frosts or not. For pumpkin I would grow into the winter (they mature slower and keep longer after picking). Probably all of these you could grow (plant seeds say March/April) into the winter or plant seeds August or when you feel frosts have finished and grow in spring. Yes the weather conditions you experience have a big impact on what you can plant. I live in Bundy and you maybe Sydney. You may have lots of frosts or none at all. Very high temps or lower than normal. Big down pours of rain or none at all. In Oct we had double the record - 245 mm (since 1946) of rainfall - 550 mms this year. Although I have a near full garden at the moment - I usually would have all my plants harvested by now - far too hot usually in summer - plants suffer so much in the middle of the day. I usually grow veggies from March to Oct - then rest the ground and add mulch etc during the summer. The ground needs a rest and so do I.
Broccoli 24 Nov, Julie Baglin (Australia - tropical climate)
Hi, I live in Maitland. My broccoli plant has heaps of large, healthy leaves, but no broccoli yet. Is this normal?
Broccoli 27 Nov, Phil Andrews (Australia - temperate climate)
Hi Julie are you in Maitland South Australia or Maitland New South Wales either way it doesn't really matter how old are the Broccoli plants? As long as they are healthy the heads will come eventually.
Broccoli 27 Nov, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Probably too much Nitrogen in the soil. Also they are better grown into winter not summer.
Gourd (also summer squash) 24 Nov, L A Feely (New Zealand - temperate climate)
As i make unusual instruments , I would like to make something from a gourd if I could grow some in the nelson /Tasman area. Will they grow here? If so how do i process one after maturity so the shell stays hard. Thank you.
Garlic 23 Nov, Manju Campbell (New Zealand - temperate climate)
I planted garlic in may and it was so healthy up October and now it get a rust will you please let me know when is the harvesting season .or what shall I do
Pumpkin 23 Nov, terry (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
hi im in nth NSW just near kyogle and lismore my pumpkin plants refuse to form pumkins there seems to be no bees anywhere and its getting to be a major worry Queensland blue pumkins are the best tasting for use in sweet pumpkin pies ill try to hand pollonatye today also is it likely i will have the same problems if i buy seedlings these ones were seed i saved out of a pumkin from last year thanks for your time Terry
Pumpkin 23 Nov, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Just found this - commercial production. For efficient pollination and fruit set, there must be: both male and female flowers and bees to move pollen from male to female flowers. A number of factors can influence pollination, Cold and overcast days limit pollination activity of bees. Hot dry conditions desiccate pollen making it unviable. Rapid growth promotes earlier flowering. However, high temperatures, long days and high rates of nitrogen can result in: vigorous vegetative growth and few flowers and a higher proportion of male to female flowers. It is important to check the sex of the flowers. A ratio of 1 female to 7 male flowers is usually considered adequate. Flowers open early in the day and for one day only, and they close by mid afternoon. These periods are shorter under high temperatures. Flowers are most receptive to pollination in the morning when bee activity is usually the highest. Bees are necessary for pollination and must be active in the crop. Flowers require at least 12 bee visits for good pollination. If bees are not plentiful, introduce at least two hives per ha after female flowers appear and male flowers start producing pollen. Spread hives around the field outside the crop, preferably so that bees have to fly over the crop to get to another food source. Destroy flowering weeds around the crop.
Pumpkin 23 Nov, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
I was given a Jap pumpkin and I grew a Qld blue earlier this year. The Jap was by far the better for flavor. When I was growing the Qld blue it rained (heavy) several times and the female flowers were very wet inside and just rotted. If no bees plant some flowers (research flowers for bees) around your yard. I'm doing this as I have very few bees I think. Also it is best to grow pumpkin into winter I have read. It wouldn't make any difference if using seeds or seedlings. I have two Jap pumpkin growing now - will be interesting to see if they produce.
Ginger 23 Nov, Tony (Australia - tropical climate)
Can you plant ginger all year round in the tropics? I plan to plant ginger in stages for a continual harvest.
Ginger 23 Nov, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
It does say here don't plant in Dec to Feb - you can only try it. Google and read up about growing ginger.
Beans - climbing (also Pole beans, Runner beans, Scarlet Runners) 23 Nov, Faye (Australia - temperate climate)
Thank you, Mike, for replying to my query. We don't know anymore than they are called 'runner beans' in the supermarkets and fruit & veg shops in the UK. We will be there again next year and I will endeavour to find out more. Regards Faye
Beans - climbing (also Pole beans, Runner beans, Scarlet Runners) 23 Nov, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Ask the supermarket or F&V shop owners what variety they are and then check the seed selling companies. Or take a photo of them and compare to beans on the net.
Beans - climbing (also Pole beans, Runner beans, Scarlet Runners) 23 Nov, Mike (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
This is the heading at the top of this page. "Growing Beans - climbing, also Pole beans, Runner beans, Scarlet Runners". Most vegetables have several names - different countries call them different names. You would not be able to import them - quarantine rules. Go to the web sites I suggested and pick a variety or two and try growing them.
Capsicum (also Bell peppers, Sweet peppers) 23 Nov, Colleen Noonan (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
I am growing a couple of plants indoors with good sun. They look good but every time a flower appears it falls off a few days later. Is it that the soil need some enriching ? One plant is about 40 cm tall and looks so healthy but I doubt if it will ever produce.
Capsicum (also Bell peppers, Sweet peppers) 23 Nov, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
"Do I need bees for pollination? No, bees are not important for pollination. Although you may see plenty of bees in the patch, capsicum is self-pollinated. Bush movement due to wind is sufficient for pollination". You probably have no wind inside the house. Also I have read caps need the temp above a certain temperature to pollinate. I wouldn't recommend growing anything inside - plants need sun - some more than others. Plants like caps and tomatoes need wind to pollinate. Others need bees.
Zucchini (also Courgette/Marrow, Summer squash) 22 Nov, Heather (Australia - temperate climate)
I have zucchini growing well but they are starting to go bad at the end where the flower is attached - this is when the flower has wilted but has not fallen off. Should I knock the flowers off when they have wilted?? many thanks for your advice
Zucchini (also Courgette/Marrow, Summer squash) 23 Nov, Mike (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
Try not to water around the flowers - water around the base of the plant. Your plants are probably not being pollinated by bees. Check to see if you have male and female flowers. You can pollinate by hand if no bees. Even some Epsom Salts around the plants may help. Read the other comments here.
Zucchini (also Courgette/Marrow, Summer squash) 25 Nov, Heather (Australia - temperate climate)
thank you Mike, I appreciate the advice
Broccoli 22 Nov, kenneth (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
what pesticides should be should used on broccoli if attached
Beetroot (also Beets) 22 Nov, elane (Australia - temperate climate)
how do I know when my beetroots are ready to harvest?
Beetroot (also Beets) 23 Nov, Mike (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
You can pick whatever size you want. They say grow for 7-10 weeks to harvest. At say 8-10 weeks you will have varying size beets. Pick the lot or pick the bigger ones and see if the smaller will grow bigger. 3-4" or 75-100mm across is a good size.
Kohlrabi 22 Nov, Annu Aiyer (New Zealand - cool/mountain climate)
where to get seeds for growing kohlrabi pl
Kohlrabi 02 Dec, Liz (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Try Egmonts Seed company on line
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