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Broad Beans Ready

Posted: 18/06/2013 at 08:07

Greg, bear in mind that the nicest broad beans are the young ones, before they develop the outer shell that quickly toughens up. You can use them without shelling.

Sick Tomato Plant

Posted: 18/06/2013 at 08:03

Yup. And they won't need watering more than every four or five days at those temps. Mine are in the ground outdoors, we're getting temps in the 30s now, and I don't water more than once a week.

When to remove shoots from tomato plants

Posted: 18/06/2013 at 07:26

Chris, the secondary stem - or "leader" - has a growing tip at the top. You'll see new growth appearing, including wee flowers, as it continues to develop.

Leaf branches, which grow laterally, don't have growing tips. They just grow laterally and stop. "Suckers", which you can nip out, grow from the intersection of a leader and a leaf branch. "Suckers", if left to grow, usually have a growing tip and will develop into another leader.

Leave the leaf branches attached because the plant needs the foliage for photosynthesis in order to grow.

As the plant develops, though, you can take off the lowest branches to leave a gap of about a foot between the lowest foliage and the soil. This helps against fungal spores splashing from the soil up onto the plant during watering.

Tomato plants

Posted: 17/06/2013 at 16:53

Jessica, some people also use the bottles as a kind of drip watering system, the water releasing slowly into the soil. Far from essential.

Carrots.

Posted: 17/06/2013 at 07:26

There are usually several generations of flies during the season so sowing time doesn't really help to avoid them if they're around.

I don't get them here but did back in Sydney. They're attracted by the scent of the carrots. I found the simplest way to minimise impact was to avoid any contact with the carrot tops which can release the scent. That, and only do any maintenance work - thinning, etc - after the sun has gone down when the flies are much less active.

jasmine not flowering

Posted: 16/06/2013 at 14:39

Definitely overfeeding it, Koigirl. Mine, in only a slightly larger pot, gets a feed in spring and that's it. Mine is only watered every day when it hits 40C. I'd cut back heavily on feeding and on watering.

Fruit and Veg in Baskets

Posted: 16/06/2013 at 08:08

Nicola, you can certainly grow some of the smaller, determinate tomato varieties in a hanging basket. One plant per basket. Quite a few people in this forum do so and someone will undoubtedly be along to suggest varieties.

jasmine not flowering

Posted: 16/06/2013 at 08:03

Is it newly planted, Koigirl?

preserving heritage tomatoes

Posted: 15/06/2013 at 11:21

Yes, they self-pollinate and will usually do so on their own. Insects can be helpful in the process simply by poking around in the flower, their bumping into things triggering the inner workings. You can achieve the same thing yourself with a light flick of the fingers or brushing your palm across the flower. I've noted here before that a friend of mine used to use an electric toothbrush to help the pollination along.

Fig tree sick/dying

Posted: 15/06/2013 at 06:45

Romantica, looks like it could be a fungal problem. A couple of years ago one of my Brown Turkey figs was hit by anthracnose and it looks pretty similar. I removed and destroyed the affected leaves and the tree recovered. Has it been particularly wet in your neck of the woods?

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