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Jerusalem Artichokes (also Sunchoke) 23 Feb, Sandy (Australia - temperate climate)
I planted my JA's last year (late) and didn't harvest them. This year thaey have gone mad. The article says 1.5m tall. Mine are 2.5mts+ with plenty of flowers. Looking forward to harvesting them I don't think I have ever eaten them before. Anyone have good preparation/cooking tips for them?
Cucumber 22 Feb, ebony (Australia - temperate climate)
thank you for your help
Potato 22 Feb, kishore (Australia - temperate climate)
Hi I live in Australia-Sydney. I want to grow second crop of potatoes. How can I do that and where can I get the seed potatoes for second crop during Dec-January? Thanks
Potato 23 Feb, John (Australia - temperate climate)
You could certainly grow another crop of potatoes in Sydney. Unless you were a commercial grower it would be difficult to find'certified' seed potatoes at this time of the year. You could plant small potatoes from a shop. Leave them on a bench and let the 'eyes' start to sprout before planting. Do not plant them in the same spot you have just grown tomatoes, capsicums or potatoes as you don't want or need soil-born viruses transmitted.. 'Certified' seed potatoes are grown in tested, virus-free soil before being packaged and sold. 'New' potatoes can be harvested about a month after flowering and 'old' potatoes when the tops die off. All the best.
Beetroot (also Beets) 22 Feb, James (Australia - temperate climate)
I have a 90 cm strip facing north running along boundary fence.I am thinking of planting a row of garlic and a row of beetroot side by side. Is it alright to do so? Please help.
Beetroot (also Beets) 23 Feb, John (Australia - temperate climate)
If you plant your garlic at the back and the soil is in good condition there is no reason why you couldn't plant garlic long the back and 2 or 3 rows of beetroot. Keep the water up and you shouldn't have any problems. When planting garlic DON"T use imported garlic cloves (mostly Chinese) as garlic is susceptible to a disease that can be found in imported garlic. Imported garlic is sometimes labelled with its country of origin but is commonly sold in supermarkets. All the best.
French tarragon 22 Feb, Martin Gillion (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Any idea where I can buy F Tarragon plants in Auckland - North Shore?
French tarragon 23 Feb, John (Australia - temperate climate)
Plant Zero in Aucklnd list French Tarragon. There may be others. P: 0275197108
Cabbage 21 Feb, Dorothy Geoffrey (Australia - temperate climate)
CAN I BUY RED CABBAGE SEEDS IN AUSTRALIA? BETTER STILL DOES ANYONE IN AUSTRALIA GROW THEM? Regards Dorothy Geoffrey
Cabbage 22 Feb, John (Australia - temperate climate)
Red cabbage seed is readily available from online or mail order seed companies. Search 'vegetable seeds' on the internet and you will find quite a number of seed companiees that advertise it. Trust this helps.
Silverbeet (also Swiss Chard or Mangold) 21 Feb, Sarah Lilac (Australia - temperate climate)
I am trying to grow silver beet but i am having trouble find a suitable fertilizer. Please help!!!!!!!!!
Silverbeet (also Swiss Chard or Mangold) 22 Feb, John (Australia - temperate climate)
Rotted manure,pelletiesed manure or blood & bone would be ideal for your silver beet. Being a leaf crop they like lots of nitrogen which they would get from the things I have suggested. natural fertilisers are ideal as they build up the soil and increase soil life, unlike chemical or synthetic fertilisers which destroy soil life. Give nutrients a go, you will be well rewarded!
Yacon (also Sunroot) 21 Feb, Dan (Canada - Zone 5a Temperate Warm Summer climate)
I am also looking for yacon tubers for planting. If you can sell me any I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks for your efforts.
Yacon (also Sunroot) 22 Feb, John (Australia - temperate climate)
Search 'yacon tubers for sale' on the internet. I did and came up with a number of suppliers including Bakers Creek Heirloom Seeds in the USA, along with others. Trust this helps
Squash (also Crookneck, Pattypan, Summer squash) 20 Feb, anthony bass (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
my next question is how does one determine the male and female of the flowers?
Squash (also Crookneck, Pattypan, Summer squash) 20 Feb, John (Australia - temperate climate)
Male flowers will have a longer, spindly stalk and only produce pollen (the male half of the deal) while female flowers have shorter stems and an undeveloped fruit (the female half of the deal). This fruit will develop into a squash or pumpkin when and if pollinated. Trust this helps.
Onion 20 Feb, michael kearns (Australia - temperate climate)
Which type of onion is better. brown or yellow
Onion 20 Feb, John (Australia - temperate climate)
They are both good depending on what your intended use is. Brown onions are often smaller and more pungent but Creamgold (Pukekoe), the creamy yellow one is larger with a smoother flavour. I suppose you could say Creamgold is the ideal BBQ onion as it onlly needs light frying. It is entirely a matter of personal preference. Trust this helps.
Sweet corn (also maize) 19 Feb, Pauline (Australia - temperate climate)
Hi Mark Southcombe About the ants. While I have a lot of ants they are not a problem now that I am using a Bokashi system of compost. In fact no bugs are attacking my vegetables. I am growing corn for the first time and so far so good. I will keep an eye on all the things mentioned in this post.
Beetroot (also Beets) 18 Feb, Sam (Australia - temperate climate)
Hi just wondering if anyone has ever let their beetroot go to seed & might know whether it's worth trying to pickle them..?? or do they go woody, etc... Just seems a waste to do nothing with them...?
Beetroot (also Beets) 19 Feb, John (Australia - temperate climate)
Beetroot, like carrots, is a biennial, that means it grows one season and flowers and seeds the next. Root vegetables do go woody in their second season but there is no reason that you couldn't cut it up small or grate it and make pickles. You could also blend it to make beetroot dip. If there are a lot of beetroot and you like the dip idea just freeze it in recipe quantities. Don't forget to save some seed to use or share.
Squash (also Crookneck, Pattypan, Summer squash) 18 Feb, anthony bass (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
Hi Guys, I don’t know if this is the right forum for this, but, can some explain to me why a gem squash plant I have has produced so many flowers and yet not one has grown into a squash. I have seen the small squashes grow to about 1cm and then the little stalk starts to dry out and the squash falls off. I have it growing as a vine to keep it off my courtyard floor, is this part of or the problem,
Squash (also Crookneck, Pattypan, Summer squash) 18 Feb, kathy (Australia - temperate climate)
you need to pollinate them by hand
Squash (also Crookneck, Pattypan, Summer squash) 18 Feb, John (Australia - temperate climate)
Your problem suggests the female (fruiting) flowers have not been pollinated. This could be due to a lack of bees or other pollinating insects. The alternative is to hand pollinate by removing a male flower and its petals and brushing it over the female flower. This can also be done with a small, soft paint brush. Having it growing as a vine wouldn't make a difference, in fact it be beneficial to the plant as it would aid air circulation and reduce the chance of mildew forming. Trust this helps.
Horseradish 17 Feb, geoff (South Africa - Humid sub-tropical climate)
where can i buy, i'm not far from durban
Horseradish 18 Feb, (Australia - temperate climate)
Bridget Kitley Herbs in Stellenbosch list it in their range. They may post a bare rooted plant wrapped in damp newspaper and plastic. Contact them on 07 9407 2209 or email: [email protected] . Trust this helps.
Asparagus 17 Feb, Dil (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Where can I purchase a Ming fern plant in Melbourne
Asparagus 18 Feb, John (Australia - temperate climate)
Ming Fern (asparagus) seed is listed on ebay. It is fairly easy to grow from seed. If you search for it on the internet you will find nurseries that have it in Melbourne. It is listed as an environmental weed in NSW and can't be purchased in that state. Trust this helps
Jerusalem Artichokes (also Sunchoke) 17 Feb, Deborah Wells (USA - Zone 7a climate)
I've been growing these for some years now and am a huge fan. Absolutely LOVE them. So do my chickens, turkeys, horses, sheep, cattle and dogs. All except dogs will eat tops and tubers. Dogs only eat the tubers. Cats don't much care for any part of them tho. Cooking tips: I like them best roasted. Cut into 1" x 1" (2cm x 2cm) or so, put on a cookie sheet, drizzle with olive or coconut oil, salt, pepper maybe a little basil or rosemary. Roast at 350F (180C) for 25 - 40 min. They come out about the same consistency as roasted garlic - almost like a paste. Use on a nice cracker with a small slice of cream cheese. Side with a glass of a nice, oaky Chardonnay, a good movie and a sexy friend. I'm done. Night, night. Growing tips: don't do anything to them except give them water and some good manure. If you want to get fancy, cut off the flowers and put them in a vase in the kitchen. (Stripping the flowers puts more energy into the tuber production.) Ungrowing tips: If you want to get rid of them, mow them off once a week and don't water. Turn out pigs or chickens. They will dig up every living morsel and consume it. CAUTION! Do NOT use a rototiller on them. It cuts the tubers into microslices and only encourages them to propagate. Enjoy your sunchokes. They are a gift from the gods.
Potato 17 Feb, David Reade (New Zealand - temperate climate)
If I planted seed potatoes now (Feb 17) is there any chance I'd get a crop before winter sets in?
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