I planted new asparagus last year. Do I cut last years old ferns off? New asparagus are coming through now. Do I cut them off too and wait for the new ones in Spring? What do I feed the plants now and also do I put sheep pellets round them? Can the new spears be used and eaten this year or do I have to wait another year or so?
Thank you for your advice in advance.
- Sue Edwards asked 2 weeks ago
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Yates’ website states that copper oxychloride can be sprayed on vegetables at ’14 day intervals’. Should I take this as meaning it can be applied fortnightly all year round even when harvesting? And is this for all vegetables. I am mainly asking about brassicas.
- carol o'shea asked 3 weeks ago
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I have tried everything I can think of but the sparrows are still eating my peas to shreds. I have eventually stopped them stripping every brassica seedling but all three of my containers of sugar snaps are now just withered stems. I know it’s birds – I have watched them do it. Can you help?
- carol o'shea asked 1 month ago
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This past season I tried to grow potatoes in both a full bag of tub mix and in three potato bags made [I think] out of some sort of plastic material with Velcro-ed side pieces for easy emptying, I did not get one single potato from any of these four items. Admittedly, although I tried, I was too late to get seed potatoes so used potatoes which had sprouted naturally which I have done many many times in the past. I didn’t expect a huge crop but I am at a loss to come up with an explanation why I did not get a single one. I kept them sprayed for blight and for bugs. It was my first season of gardening in Tauranga and I am wondering if there is anything I am missing here. Thank you
- carol o'shea asked 4 months ago
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I sowed seeds about a month ago. I kept in light airy room till seedlings came through but for the past 2 weeks I have had all the seed trays on my garden table Day and night. I covered in clear plastic to start with but now I don’t bother. They all seem ok and with this lovely weather 65oc in day and 45 at night I thought they would be ok. Am I doing long term damage or will they be ok if I continue leaving them out at night. I’m in Northwood Middlesex… if it was to start to rain heavy I would cover or if temp was to drop lower at night I would also cover x
- Carol asked 4 months ago
- last active 4 months ago
Hey, I’m new to gardening but I’ve noticed my crops not doing too well on closer examination I’ve noticed on the soil a whole lot of fungus looking stuff growing through the hole garden bed… What do I do? Is it too far gone now that I have to remove everything and start again? I’ve taken some photos if you need to see it. Just give me a email and I can forward them on..
- Sam Heyes asked 5 months ago
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Hi, I am a school teacher. I have a vegetable plot available for me and my class to use 300cm x 135cm.
I asked the class what they wanted to grow and they decided on the following groupings:
2. onions & garlic
3. lettuce & rhubarb
4. herbs, ginger, chilli & perilla
6. gooseberries (not sure what they are but the kids are adamant at growing them?)
7. brusselsprouts and broccoli
I personally want to try growing some soy beans (edamame).
My question is …
Realistically speaking, is it possible to have such a variety in the garden? It’s a huge space – but I’m not a gardner, and I’ve done some research with the kids to identify some problems, like: ginger needs to grow in a pot away from other plants because it ‘goes all over the place’ according to one kid.
Second question: does Palmers stock these plants/crops to grow? I know some are common, but I’m not sure about grapes and perilla, gooseberries etc.
- Mr Mo asked 5 months ago
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I have some mystery cardoon/artichoke plants that have sprouted in my garden and I’m unsure if I should try and blanch the stems to eat, or wait for globes to grow to eat as artichokes.
Is there any simple way to tell the difference between a cardoon and a globe atrtichoke so I know what to do with them?
- Graydon Hayes asked 6 months ago
- last active 6 months ago
Hi, very disappointed so hope someone can help?
My vege garden was full of oxalis. Growing vegetables was laying down weed mat, making a hole and waiting to see if the plant or the weed won!
Spring before last I hand dug and burrowed very scrap of dirt out. I laid down plastic sheeting and then built a raised garden.
Now what I think is the problem. From neighbour over the back I managed too get all the old horse manure I needed.It had been composting for over 6 years. No smell and like a fine dirt.
That summer we had the best vege garden ever. This year we cant get anything to grow.The only thing that loves the garden soil this year in rhubarb.
Have now done a lot of reading and have now checked the Ph using swimming pool strips. It is very very low.
I understand I need to apply lime which takes ages to work.
Any suggestions on how I can get the ph back up.
- Mark WICKHAM asked 7 months ago
- last active 7 months ago
We have moved to a coastal property in Porirua which is very sunny, steep and at times exposed to the westerlies. Our terraced garden if currently full of “ornamental” plants however we would like to plant it out with edibles – herbs, vegetables and fruit trees (if possible) protected by natives. The soil is not sandy and we know the natives will tolerate the mild salt spray but what other edibles will? What do you recommend for plantin and what do you recommend for aiding the growth?
- Kirsten asked 8 months ago
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