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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 4 years ago
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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 4 years ago
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Every year I have grown very good potatoes,however last year they had good strng tops,there were numerous potatoes but they were only the siz.e of marbles.The crop were grown in the same
ground that had been used in previos years Can you give me some advice

  • D.Jennings asked 11 months ago
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What could be the tiny black like crawlers bug on fancy lettuce be. To me looks like like aphids. What could I treat with without to much harm for eating.

  • Gayle Nairn asked 1 year ago
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What’s the best time of the year to plant Lupins for sorting the nitrogen in the soil?
Wanting to plant November

  • James asked 1 year ago
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We have green moss growing in our hot house soil , what is the best way to get rid of it please. Also plastic sides
is going green on the out side, do we just clean that with a brush and hose off. Thanks Margaret.

  • Margaret Smith asked 1 year ago
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Can i plant garlic bulbs now? As for preparation,i have put in garden lime ( several weeks now and turned them over so it is all nicely mixed as the soil is little clay which I wanted to break down. Have also added blood and bone and general garden fertilizer as well as rooster booster some weeks ago.Thanks very much

  • Rameshwar Dutt asked 1 year ago
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Are these seeds avaiable in New Zealand, and if so how can I access them.

Many Thanks

Mary Heberley

  • Mary Heberley asked 1 year ago
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Hi, I have saved some seed from the delicious king sweetie peppers and thought I might try and grow some……which is the best way and time to do this. Thanks….

  • Judy asked 1 year ago
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Re. your recent email – it says to fill the pots with a good quality potting mix and then says to choose a substrate that holds moisture and drains well. Does that mean to add a layer over the potting mix or is it still referring to the potting mix itself?

  • carol o'shea asked 1 year ago
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I have had a good crop of Summer Delight Potatoes with seed purchased from Palmers but when cut in half they have a light brown ring around the inside and a Jelly like /clear strip down the middle. Some cook up ok others will not soften and remain hard. What is the cause of this please.

  • Judy Cooper asked 1 year ago
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I live in Rotorua. What vegetables could I plant in my outdoor garden now for winter?

  • Craig Morley asked 1 year ago
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  • RENNY ROBERTSON asked 1 year ago
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Hi there, I was recently astounded to discover that tomatoes are a perennial plant, and can grow for many years in their natural habitat. I gather the issue is they don’t like the cold and tend to die in winter. It got me thinking, is it possible to over winter tomatoes in NZ, with garden netting to keep the frost off, or in a greenhouse perhaps?

  • Anne asked 1 year ago
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Could you tell me why my tomatoes are not going red and ripening

Thank you in anticipation

  • Margo asked 1 year 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 1 year ago
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Hello, can you please tell me why many of my Chrystal Apple cucumbers are bitter this year. I have not had this problem before. Thanks.

  • Christine asked 1 year ago
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I am an avid Auckland (Howick) gardener, but cannot grow garlic successfully. I use shop bought Printatur bulbs, planted in June, have changed the sites. I prepared the site with composite and kept them weed free. I planted them root down, covered them with 2-3cm soil.

This year the plants grew strongly with relatively no disease, however when harvested they had no bulbs. They just looked like Spring Onions. Such a disappointment! I would greatly appreciate any ideas.

  • Barbara asked 2 years ago
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Hi there

I think my tomatoes have mosaic virus – I dont know what to do. Should I be removing all plants and getting rid of my soil? I have heard it lives in the soil for a long time.

  • Kelli Patterson asked 2 years ago
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Hi
Do you sell ginger to plant in the garden, please?
My nearest Palmers is in Bethlehem tauranga.
Thanks
Raewyn

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