Questions tagged: growing vegetables

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Vickie
Answer: Dear Vicki, I can imagine growing vegetables in the tropics would be quite a challenge. I would say at this time of year, the plan would be to get...
Answered: 09:47AM, 15 Jan 2010
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Marvic
Answer: Dear Marvic, I gather from your email that you have raised your ‘Winter Triump’ Lettuce in seedling trays. If they have 5 leaves, they...
Answered: 10:01AM, 17 May 2010
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Rod
Answer: Dear Rod, As keen as you are to grow beans during the winter months, the weather is not warm enough (even in Terrigal) during those months to succe...
Answered: 03:41PM, 20 May 2010
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karen
Answer: Dear Karen, You will certainly need to protect your vegetables if frosts are expected. By placing shade cloth over the area at night and then remo...
Answered: 09:56AM, 25 May 2010
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Hayden
Answer: Dear Hayden, If you are lucky enough to get your chilli plants through the winter months in the colder regions of Australia, then you are doing wel...
Answered: 03:09PM, 13 Oct 2010
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izzy
Answer: Dear Izzy, You will certainly have enriched the soil with all the fertiliser you have applied. Both of the products you have applied are organic b...
Answered: 01:40PM, 02 Nov 2010
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Marvic
Answer: Dear Marvic, You don’t say how long you have been growing your tomatoes. Perhaps they are still in their early stages. Before planting your s...
Answered: 03:25PM, 02 Nov 2010
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Monika
Answer: Dear Monika, You are very fortunate living in such a warm climate as you have a wide range of vegetable available that you can grow. Some that we c...
Answered: 03:57PM, 02 Nov 2010
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clarice
Answer: Dear Clarice, It does sound like your brussels sprouts and cauliflower have gone to seed and not produced the crop you had planned for. When grow...
Answered: 01:31PM, 26 Nov 2010
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Kate
Answer: Dear Kate, It is not a problem if you don’t have a lot of bees. Most tomatoes are self pollinating and are wind pollinated. You can do this ...
Answered: 11:31AM, 29 Nov 2010
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Rod
Answer: Dear Rod, There can be a number of reasons for blossom drop on your tomato plants. Some of these being:- Temperatures too high or too low Lack of ...
Answered: 11:34AM, 30 Dec 2010
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Alan
Answer: Dear Alan, I am assuming that you grew your broad beans through the winter months so you would have broad beans in spring,early summer. Broad beans...
Answered: 12:00PM, 30 Dec 2010
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Shrelle
Answer: Dear Shrelle, It does sound like caterpillars have been attacking your vegetable plants. Two products that will control this pest are Nature’...
Answered: 08:56AM, 31 Dec 2010
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Kevin
Answer: Dear Kevin, Usually climbing beans once established don’t require additional fertilising, but from what you are saying your vines may need a ...
Answered: 03:05PM, 31 Dec 2010
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Micaela
Answer: Dear Micaela, Yates have a product called Tomato & Vegetable Dust that will control rust on tomatoes. The dust can be applied every 7-10 days ...
Answered: 11:41AM, 16 Feb 2011
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Miss M
Answer: Dear Miss M. Usually it is the reverse, more male flowers than female flowers. Sometimes weather conditions can play a part in the production of fl...
Answered: 10:38AM, 25 Mar 2011
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Rod
Answer: Dear Rod, Brussels sprouts are a cool-season crop but seed should be sown from December to late February. You can sow the seed into trays of seed ...
Answered: 02:55PM, 19 May 2011
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Lyn
Answer: Dear Lyn, I am sorry to hear that you haven’t been able to harvest of good crop of pumpkins this year. I am wondering when you first planted ...
Answered: 04:05PM, 19 May 2011
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Oliver
Answer: Dear Oliver, The best spot for your vegetable garden is in a open sunny spot where your crops will receive at least 6 hours of sunlight each day. ...
Answered: 04:56PM, 02 Jun 2011
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Laurence
Answer: Hi Laurence, I know how annoying it can be when you spend time and effort growing a crop and it then rapidly goes to seed. I think the key to growi...
Answered: 02:57PM, 10 Jun 2011
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kev
Answer: Hi Kev, You don’t mention how long you have been growing your lettuce. Lettuce is not difficult to grow but you need to grow it quickly for ...
Answered: 03:43PM, 10 Jun 2011
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Jack
Answer: Dear Jack, I wouldn’t worry at all. Broad beans start flowering at a certain time in their life cycle, based on height and number of leaves. ...
Answered: 04:49PM, 05 Aug 2011
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Kevin
Answer: Dear Kevin, Sorry to hear that not all of the cauliflower seeds you planted produced nice firm heads. Cauliflowers can be a little demanding in th...
Answered: 11:47AM, 09 Aug 2011
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Irene
Answer: Dear Irene, I am sorry to hear that your crop of peas and beans have not performed as you would have liked. The pH of your soil in the correct ran...
Answered: 02:56PM, 16 Aug 2011
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Allen
Answer: Hi Allen, I am sorry to hear that you have had trouble growing cucumbers at your home by the sea. You don’t mention how close you are to the...
Answered: 11:30AM, 02 Sep 2011
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Nancy
Answer: Dear Nancy, You can use certainly use the sandpit in which to grow your vegies. I am not sure how much sand is still in the sandpit. You would ne...
Answered: 10:59AM, 11 Nov 2011
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mike
Answer: Hi Mike, Because clay soils have fine particles and are tightly packed together, drainage and aeration can be poor. The fact that you have incorpo...
Answered: 03:14PM, 27 Sep 2012
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margaret
Answer: Hi Margaret, I can understand your frustration in having the tree roots invade your vege garden. I wish there was an easy answer to this problem b...
Answered: 10:16AM, 11 Dec 2012
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Alana
Answer: When growing vegetables in your vege patch, it is important to do a crop rotation and not grow the same veges in the same year after year. This wil...
Answered: 03:33PM, 21 Jan 2013
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Rod
Answer: Hi Rod, A neutral to slightly acidic pH (6 – 7) is desirable for good growth of a wide range of vegetables. By adding organic matter to the s...
Answered: 12:32PM, 23 Jul 2014