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Garlic 24 Apr, Daniel Barresi (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
Has anyone used a weedecide such as roundup prior to garlic emerging?
Asparagus 23 Apr, Tony (Australia - temperate climate)
Hi all, our asparagus ferns are still green.We're in Gisborne Vic.Should we wait till they turn completely brown or can we trim them off now.Will it make any difference to the crowns if cut them now while they're still green .Thanks Tony
Asparagus 24 Apr, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
I'm no expert - I have been growing them for 3 yrs. The new spears shoot in early Spring. So do not trim them now. I made the mistake of cutting them in late July last year and I had a very poor crop. My advise is to water them until the end of this month and then no watering. Let the plant die off. Then in late August cut the dead stalks off and put on the composted manure or just some good compost.
Capsicum (also Bell peppers, Sweet peppers) 23 Apr, Erika kluge (Australia - temperate climate)
How do i know to take out the capsicum plant after a rather successful season..
Capsicum (also Bell peppers, Sweet peppers) 24 Apr, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
When the yield drops off and fruit are becoming small, time to pull them out. A plant only has a limited cycle. A crop may take 12 weeks until it bears and then produce for 4-6 weeks and then that is the end of the cycle.
Yacon (also Sunroot) 21 Apr, Jim (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
Has anyone got any spare Yacon in Toowoomba? Cheers, JIm.
Yacon (also Sunroot) 23 Apr, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
If no success try Boondie Seeds (lives in Armidale NSW) - they have them but sold out at the moment - contact her to find out when she might have them back in stock. Sometimes she has stock when the website says sold out.
Rhubarb 20 Apr, susan tauber (Australia - temperate climate)
I have dug my mature rhubarb up to move. What do i do with the huge roots. does it matter if some of the root is knocked off. thanks for your help
Rhubarb 23 Apr, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
From Iowa state Uni -- US Rhubarb can be transplanted in early spring or early fall (mid-September through early October). Rhubarb does best in fertile, well-drained soils and full sun. The best time to transplant rhubarb is in early spring before growth begins. Carefully dig up the plant with a spade. Large plants may be divided into several sections. Each section should have 2 or 3 buds and a portion of the root system. Transplant each section into the garden with the buds 1 1/2 to 2 inches below the soil surface. Space plants 3 feet apart. Rhubarb also can be successfully transplanted in early fall. Fall planted rhubarb should be mulched with several inches of straw. The mulch provides additional time for the rhubarb plants to get reestablished before the ground freezes.
Cauliflower 19 Apr, Leanne Webb (Australia - temperate climate)
You forgot bakeing cauliflower and it is fantastic better than all other types of cooking. Just a bit of olive oil and season to taste
Chilli peppers (also Hot peppers) 19 Apr, Adrian (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
My question is I'm in Queensland Brisbane wanting to grow chilli seeds over the winter ready for summer if I use a heat mat will that be sufficient enough to get them ready for summer
Chilli peppers (also Hot peppers) 22 Apr, (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Think about whether you live in a frost free, then read the above again. Time to plant what temperature you need, time it takes to grow. It is all there.
Chilli peppers (also Hot peppers) 22 Apr, Lina (Australia - temperate climate)
I'm in Melbourne and grew chili seeds over winter successfully just by putting the pot in a sunny window over winter, then planted them outside in late spring. If that works down here it should work up there without a heat mat too... :)
Chilli peppers (also Hot peppers) 20 Apr, John Macmahon (Australia - temperate climate)
G'day Adrian. I tried with the heat mat last year and did not get a very good result and a late crop. Having said that I now have 1.2m tall Carolina Reaper, Moruga Scorpian and Bhut Jolokia from which I will be striking cuttings for next season to increase production. I have previously got from three to five years cropping from well cared for and fed plants.
Eggplant (also Aubergine) 19 Apr, Tracey (Australia - temperate climate)
Hi All I have Lebanese eggplants which are coming to an end. This is the first time I have grown them and they have fruited extremely well. Do you pull the plant out when they have finished or will they fruit again net year? Thanks
Eggplant (also Aubergine) 22 Apr, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
I believe they will grow again but I wouldn't bother - just grow new plants next year. My old plants are so straggly and fall over so much I just pull them out. Fresh new strong plants next year.
Eggplant (also Aubergine) 20 Apr, Carol (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
Hi Tracey. This is from the info here on eggplants.. "Perennial in tropical climates otherwise grown as an annual" So, if you're in a temperate climate, I'd pull them out. When I was in Fiji a few years ago, eggplants were used as hedges in one of the villages we stayed in!
Tomato 18 Apr, Lyn (Australia - temperate climate)
When do I transplant my tomatoe plants I have started germiating my seeds & have little plants already living under my pergola I live in south west of sydney nsw & our winter is near (we had a long summer) Do I plant them in a bigger pot as they are in a cut down soft drink bottle 1.5l with holes in the bottom at the moment or do I wait til aug. to transplant outdoors into my above ground vegie planters? Tomatoes are Alans early red & Cherokee purple would like to try more types any ideas?
Tomato 19 Apr, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Plant anytime from when the seedlings are 4-6" high. They will grow better/quicker when put into the ground - more soil for the roots to spread into. Keep as much soil as possible attached to the roots when planting out. In the future better to put seeds into a pot (150mm and 150mm deep) first up as then you don't disturb the soil and roots when planting out. You mention veggie planters - I hope these are quite large as tomatoes need something like an area for each plant of 750-900mm across and 4-500mm deep of soil.
Tomato 20 Apr, Mac (Australia - temperate climate)
Very, very good advice Mike and please don't forget that Tomatoes are very shallow rooters so keep a well rotted compost around them during the summer. Don't forget to use a fungicide and Neem Oil spray to keep the white fly at bay. I have grown Grosse Lisse for years which will fruit from early summer to late autumn.
Tomato 23 Apr, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
I have only grown cherry tomatoes the last few years - first just letting them run on the ground from early spring to Xmas. Now I have wire netting between 2 x 7' posts (7-8' apart) and plant 4 plants. I use baling twine (12$ at Bunnings) to hold the bushes up. In March I planted out some self germinating seedlings and then put some half composted mulch around the plants. I didn't do a lot to the soil - a bit of trace elements, P, lime and worm tea. The plants are going to the moon. They are now 6' high and growing 2-3" a day. I might have to extend my posts to 8 or 9' high. Never had plants so big bushy and healthy.
Chilli peppers (also Hot peppers) 18 Apr, school student (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
thanks, very helpful.
Cucumber 17 Apr, Merinda (Australia - temperate climate)
I am getting lots of flowers on my plant and they are turning into fruit, but die at about 2cm, why? How do I get more fruit, I only got 1 cucumber that grew to 10cm
Cucumber 18 Apr, John Macmahon (Australia - temperate climate)
This may be a bit late for this year but my best suggestion is that after one or two fruit (cucumbers) on each runner have set, pinch off the end of the runner. This means the plant puts its resources into the fruit instead of growing a longer runner. Cheers Arismac
Cucumber 18 Apr, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
The flower with no fruit is a male flower. The flower with a small cue is the female flower - if it is not pollinated then it dies. You probably no bees (or more like very few of them) in your area. You might have to hand pollinate each day. Or plant some bee attracting flowers to encourage more bees to come to your area.
Cucumber 19 Apr, Mac (Australia - temperate climate)
Plant some Basil and let it flower. Bees just love it and they will keep coming back for most of the summer and autumn. Solved my problem with all my Curcurbits (melons, cucumbers, pumpkins, etc)
Cucumber 22 Apr, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
I will try that. Over the summer I had about 20 sun jewel flowers plants in my garden, with hundreds if not thousands of flower heads - saw about two bees all summer. The bee population has taken a massive hit world wide I hear.
Cauliflower 17 Apr, Harriet (South Africa - Semi-arid climate)
How to get rid of grub worms naturaly?
Asparagus 16 Apr, Marie-louise Bissett (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
I bought asparagus seeds, F2 UC172 I sowed the seeds in spring and have a lot of very fine feathery plants, they starting to make shoots that looks like spears, what do I do now? Will they mature, or do I have to cut the and spears and re plant them? I live on a farm in Grahamstown
Yam/Oka (also Oca) 16 Apr, Sharyn Dunnett (Australia - temperate climate)
Hi, How do we go about ordering some seed yams? What's the best time for our area to start planting? We live in Moore Park Beach, just north of Bundaberg. What sort of soil do they grow in? We have sandy loam and grow red sweet potatoes, but would love to try our hand at yams if they grow here. Thank you,
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