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I have often read that pumpkins and potatoes should not be planted near each other, and I’ve always followed that advice.

As they are not closely related , I suppose common diseases etc are not the problem. Is it simply a question of competition for soil nutrients and/or root-space the soil?

The reason I ask this now is that I have just found (in the Northland spring) tiny bits of potato sprouting in the compost I’ve been using for planting out butternut pumpkin seedlings. Is it sufficient to remove the sprouting potatoes (to rule out competition) or is there something more “sinister” that may be lurking there that I should be aware of, and which might cause trouble for the pumpkins?

With grateful thanks for any light anyone can shed.

  • DaviTupinikiwi asked 3 years ago
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My potatoes have got the blight. Spraying them has not helped. Can I perhaps cut them back to save them?

  • Dale Spurdle asked 3 years ago
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I have been trying to grow courgettes but they seem to rot. I picked one of the rotting baby courgettes and noticed that they are being eaten by a small white bug that seems to be living in the soil. I have noticed these bugs before while watering, as they seem to come to the top of the soil while watering. It seems to be that the bugs are living in the soil and when the courgettes touch the soil they are being eaten and rot, can you help?

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what vegetable crops are good for a glass house over the winter?

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When digging over my soil recently I dug up what I’m sure looked like Wetta (alive and growing) fairly deep down. Can you advice what I can do to get rid of them?

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My silverbeet leaves are covered in a white powdery substance.It washes off quite easy.Are they safe to eat,also ,what would be causing this ?

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Where is the best place to start a vegetable garden in full sun or shade or both etc for tomatoes, broccoli, lettuce, cucumbers, silver beet, cabbage and carrots ?

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Wo my pumpkins grow to the size of a golf ball then turn yellow and shrivel up?

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When is the best time to plant for summer vegetables? Do you plant them indoor and move them outside when it’s warmer?

  • James asked 3 years 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.

thank you

  • carol o'shea asked 2 years ago
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Both the silver beat and spinach I grow has developed a brown colouring on the leaves that looks like rust. What is it and how do I get rid of it?

  • Deane Walford asked 2 years ago
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Hello
My Rhubarb was looking great, but then suddenly some leaves started to go shiny (especially on the underside) and curl up, it now looks very sick. Now a similar thing has happened to the spinach nearby. The spinach leaves are thickened, mottled and discoloured.
Does anyone know what might be causing this and how to get rid of it?
Thanks

  • Julia W asked 11 months ago
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Can I recover my perpetual spinach plants from going to seed?

  • Palmers asked 6 years ago
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How do I know when my eggplant is ready?

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My herb garden, Where is the best part of the plant to pick, eg Basil, to encourgae further growth. There must be a better way than just ripping off the leaves?

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We’ve just picked our cauliflowers some of which have brown/purple blotches. Do you know what causes that? Are they safe to eat?

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Is weekly foilar and root feeding via inverted bottles with feed spikes fitted and containing a suitably diluted horse/seaweed/comfrey liquid manure an acceptable substitue for commercial fertilisers. My “No Dig” beds are dressed annually with compost made from horse/seaweed/pine needles and mulched with pine needles and also dressed with lime to balance the acidity/PH of the other amendments. When about 30cm high my tomatoes/curcubits/brassicas are also mulched with chopped up seaweed.

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Can I buy an advanced tomato plant that will have fruit by 7th of November. My gdn center is Remuera?

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Hi,

This may be a silly question but as I only have a very small bit of dirt and have planted cabbages, couliflowers and brocilie. can I pick ther outer leaf of the brocilie, and couliflowers as the rooom I have is getting over grown by leaf and not vegs.

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Hello,
can you plant lavender or roses near vegetables?

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