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Strawberries (from seeds) 17 Aug, kairo Busie (South Africa - Semi-arid climate)
im interested in starting a farm of strawberries, in easterncape/south africa..where can i get the strawberries seeds?
Okra (also Ladyfinger, gumbo) 17 Aug, Veronica (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
I'm in the Free State WELKOM;where can I buy okra
Watermelon 17 Aug, Rodney A Dwight (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
What is the best soil condition water Mellon grow in was and best time to sow
Tomato 17 Aug, John C (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
Hi folks, Looking for a seedless, or near seedless, tomato please. (My partner cannot physically handle the seeds but loves tomatoes.) Lots of people tell me they do exist (near seedless at least) but nobody I know has any clues on where to find them. I've looked in lots of catalogues but no luck. Any tips/leads would be greatly appreciated.
Spring onions (also Scallions, Bunching onions, Welsh onion) 17 Aug, NIGEL (Australia - tropical climate)
Asparagus 17 Aug, Ian D (Australia - temperate climate)
I have transplanted asparagus crowns that were well established approx 3 weeks ago. They are now sending up spears and we had our first feed from the new crop last night. Should I be letting the spears grow out instead?
Strawberry Plants 17 Aug, Stephen Hughes (Australia - temperate climate)
I planted 12 seeds in a pot 17 weeks ago. One plant came up beautifully in 10 days, another came up 4 weeks later. This 2nd one is still tiny but has many leaves. Best sun I can get is 5-6 hrs about midday. Is the lack of sun the reason I have no flowers?
Strawberry Plants 17 Aug, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Go to Veggies and Herbs at the top of the page and read about growing them. Strawberries seeds or strawberries plants. Seeds sound like a lot of work. Put seeds in a fridge for 3-4 weeks. It says can take 2-8 weeks to germinate. 12 mths to grow. Much easier to use plants. Not many flowers the first year by the sounds of it. Maybe enough sun but watering and fertilizing is important. Too much N and all leaf. Needs a bit of K for fruiting.
Brussels sprouts 16 Aug, Lisa McCartney (USA - Zone 10a climate)
Trying to understand when to plant my brussels sprout seeds in Zona 10a. It says about P = sow seeds in Oct. Is that meaning to sow seeds directly in my garden? Because after that is says to start seeds in trays and plant out 4 - 6 weeks. Should I start them in seed trays and if so do I plant now so they can be transplanted in my garden in Oct or do I wait until Oct and just plant the seeds directly in my garden? Sorry the info is confusing.
Brussels sprouts 17 Aug, Liz (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Use seed trays to start your brussels sprouts, plant out as it suggests on the web page. Brussels Sprouts prefer cold/cool climate, so you need to grow them in your cooler months. October is a suggestion, November might work better if your weather is still warm in October.
Silverbeet (also Swiss Chard or Mangold) 16 Aug, margaret arnold (Australia - temperate climate)
is silver beet ok to eat raw? thank you..
Silverbeet (also Swiss Chard or Mangold) 17 Aug, John C (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
The smaller leaves are yummie raw in salads, or in a stir-fry. I think they get a bit tough as they get older / bigger. (As I understand it, you don't get the Iron benefits from raw spinach. Needs to be cooked for that.)
Silverbeet (also Swiss Chard or Mangold) 17 Aug, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
The young leaves can be used raw in a salad but silverbeet is usually eaten cooked. Puréed or finely chopped silverbeet makes an excellent base for many dishes. Use blanched leaves as a wrap.
Chicory (also Witloof, Belgian endive) 15 Aug, Mario Skapin (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
i planted about 40 seeds of witlof in the beginning of April and the leaves are between 400 and 600 mm high i understand that it should be around 5 months before forcing is done, i don't fully understand the term forcing or blanching what does it mean can someone please explain this to me and also what is the simplest way to do this final stage of witlof growth cycle. can it be done in the garden where they grow? my understanding is that the the complete witlof be taken from the ground and the leave cut off about 50mm from the root and the root to be cut to about 250mm and then replanted within 30mm of each other and covered to exclude daylight for about 12 weeks. does it need watering or fertilising while this last process takes place please help as i would almost cry if all this work to date is wasted Thank you Mario
Chicory (also Witloof, Belgian endive) 16 Aug, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Another gourmet delight born of a quirk of history is forced chicory. Like rhubarb, chicory can be ‘forced’ by removing mature roots to a warm, dark place in order to coax them into rapid and early growth. Why? Because what follows is a more tender, sweeter and altogether sumptuous experience than would otherwise be had. It’s a dark art, but a magnificent one!
Chicory (also Witloof, Belgian endive) 16 Aug, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Go to a website called - tells about forcing chicory. Go to different websites and read about it and blanching. Sounds like you are on the right track with it. I wouldn't fertilise it and light watering maybe. Google it and read up. Good luck.
Silverbeet (also Swiss Chard or Mangold) 15 Aug, Dianne (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
I live an hour west of Hobart, when is the best time to plant silver beet seedlings? The temperature still gets down to 0 over night.
Silverbeet (also Swiss Chard or Mangold) 16 Aug, (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Sept to March for you. In future go to the Veg and Herb section above and read up about the plant you are interested in. It has all this info there.
Zucchini (also Courgette/Marrow, Summer squash) 14 Aug, Marie Groizard (Australia - tropical climate)
Bindis just seem to be growing on our block, we have used all kinds of killers but cannot get rid of it.....what would you suggest? Thanks Marie
Zucchini (also Courgette/Marrow, Summer squash) 16 Aug, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
All spraying should be done when the weeds are small before flowering - early in the morning or late in the arvo - no wind. It is a waste of spray if the weeds are not in a growing stage - as in, if it has been dry for awhile. Plants need to be growing to be able to move the chemicals through the plant. Use some dishwashing liquid in the spray - helps to stick better to plant leaves. If in a lawn mow regularly before it seeds and mow lower than normal to gather more seeds up if seeded already. Use Kamba M or a Bindi and clover weedicide. Or pull it out by hand after rain or watering. Have to keep at it to get on top. "The trick to stopping bindii from spreading is to spray them in winter as soon as you see them, before the prickles develop, and continue to repeat spray every 3 weeks until they are gone. Repeat spray is important as this will control weeds that have germinated after prior spraying."
Zucchini (also Courgette/Marrow, Summer squash) 15 Aug, Alison Sizer (Australia - temperate climate)
Look at deep mulch no dig for at least a year. Plant mature seedlings into mulch. All weed seeds should die. Much will improve your soil. Thick layer of newspapers is critical.your goal is to eliminate light.
Yacon (also Sunroot) 14 Aug, Lyn (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
I have been looking for a supplier of the rhizomes for a few months & have just stumbled on your page. Can someone let me know where I can get them (I am on the Gold Coast) I will need to build up a bed as we have very sandy soil. Any assistance will be gratefully received.
Yacon (also Sunroot) 15 Aug, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Type in Yacon for sale in Australia in google - Ebay - Gumtree - other companies - green harvest has very good info about them. Look around to get a good price. Some places want 10-15$ and the same again for postage. Could try Bunnings.
Horseradish 14 Aug, Narelle (Australia - temperate climate)
Sorry, that should be ESKAL Horseradish not whatever name I advised.
Potato 13 Aug, Gill (Australia - temperate climate)
Our potatoes have grown very do you know when to harvest them? With many tjanks Gill
Potato 13 Aug, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
They have probably grown tall because of one or both of two things - too much nitrogen or if they had to compete for light -(tall nearby plants). I think the guide here say 12-16 weeks to harvest. The leaves will die off when it is time to harvest. My plants powered along (fed plenty of composting mulch - then they have just died - only about 12 weeks since shooting out of the ground. I pulled out one plant - a few big potatoes and a few smaller ones. Have left the others in until I need them to eat.
Beans - dwarf (also French beans, Bush beans) 13 Aug, geoffrey (United Kingdom - warm/temperate climate)
can I grow dwarf runner beans in pots and leave in my green house through out the growing season
Beans - dwarf (also French beans, Bush beans) 13 Aug, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
On this web page go to the top of the page on the leftish side and click "Set my climate zone" -select UK etc. Then click Vegetables above that. Read up about how to grow them. In the end it is have a go and see how it works out.
Zucchini (also Courgette/Marrow, Summer squash) 12 Aug, Marie Groizard (Australia - tropical climate)
Can I grow zucchini in Townsville from packet a the shade or in a sunny spot, I have grown pumpkins and how and when should I prune a papaya tree, because I don't want it to grow too tall, it is fruiting at the moment and it is getting too tall for me to reach the fruit....when is the best time to prune. Thanks Marie
Zucchini (also Courgette/Marrow, Summer squash) 13 Aug, Mike (Australia - tropical climate)
The notes here say August is the latest month you can plant (too hot after that). Would have been preferable to have planted seeds 1-2-3 months ago. You could try seedlings - that would have you a couple of weeks ahead of seeds. Probably some shade during the middle of the day might help. Plenty of water at the root zone and not the leaves. Read the notes on this website for zucchini. I would say you have given your papaya trees too much nitrogen. I doubt if you can prune it. If you cut the top off it probably would die.
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