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What has happened 2 my Cucumbers?

Posted: 19/08/2015 at 11:33

Looks like a crossed seed. Two years in a row I planted melons from different packets of commercial seeds. Both years produced end results of obviously crossed seed. There's no real excuse for commercial producers to sell crossed seed. Most of the seed sellers are only re-sellers, packaging seeds bought in bulk from producers. Who, in these cases, have let quality controls slip.

Parsnip problems

Posted: 18/08/2015 at 07:33

March to November (or even later) is the normal parsnip cycle. If they're too big and woody, maybe consider another variety. There are any number of F1 varieties around that don't bulk up.

Parsnip problems

Posted: 17/08/2015 at 12:11

I suspect it means severely stunted.

The Purple Ukranian scandal! (tomato related!)

Posted: 17/08/2015 at 11:03

Leave it wherever it's warmest, Joe. A kitchen bench - out of the way, so it doesn't get in the way - is good. The kitchen is usually the warmest room in the house for obvious reasons. Or if you have a cupboard with a boiler in it, put it there. Light is immaterial. It's usually best to rest it on its shoulders to minimise bruising (the equivalent of bed sores, if you like) but keep an eye on it for that reason. Keep an eye on it, rotate it occasionally.

Splitting of this kind is usually caused by a sudden excess of moisture, the excess moisture swelling the fruit, the skin unprepared for the sudden stretch. Sudden heavy rain can cause it.

The Purple Ukranian scandal! (tomato related!)

Posted: 17/08/2015 at 07:03

Take it inside, Joe, you're only risking infection. The banana theory is popular, based on the banana producing ethylene gas that will hasten the ripening of the tom. It's the gas the suppliers use to ripen green supermarket toms in a hurry. It ripens them in terms of turning them red but it doesn't mature them, hence supermarket toms being red but immature inside. Toms produce enough of their own ethylene, let it ripen at its own pace, on the inside and outside.

Moving Asparagus

Posted: 17/08/2015 at 06:53

Shame about the losses. The poor old survivor is suffering from shock. Cut it back in late autumn, cover it well with compost or organic material with some balanced fertiliser mixed in, give it a good water, and it should be all right.

tomato stopping

Posted: 16/08/2015 at 09:48

I second all that, particularly timing the housekeeping to take account of the end of the season. 

Problem bamboo

Posted: 16/08/2015 at 09:44

You're stuck with dealing with the symptoms, not the problem, and it's always going to be a losing battle with bamboo. If the neighbour responsible isn't approachable, I'd try the local Council. 

Outdoor tomatoes and chillies in and out

Posted: 15/08/2015 at 11:46

EC, the warmer the weather, the quicker they will ripen. Optimum temps are low-20s and above. The lower the temps, the longer they will take. 

Why won't my tomatoes ripen?

Posted: 15/08/2015 at 11:40

Frankly, I wouldn't bother feeding the toms anymore at this stage of the season. Once fruit begins the process of ripening the plant has no real role in the process. Save the fertiliser for next season. 

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