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Posted: 23/06/2013 at 15:42

Onions have to be the most neurotic veg on the planet. The only need the slightest disturbance to think they're in peril and will seek to reproduce themselves by producing a flower, which is what bolting is all about. Fluctuating temps can be enough to do it. I now wait till temps have stablised before planting them.

Chilli peppers!!!

Posted: 23/06/2013 at 15:24

Depends on the variety, lee. Some grow into sizeable plants, some stay on the small side. Yours could be the former requiring more growing space. What variety is it?

Agree with Paula about the care, too. Less is better. It will cost you fruit. Very much like tomatoes.

Cayenne Pepper

Posted: 23/06/2013 at 15:15

Cayenne is a variety. I grow them. Lovely and hot.


Posted: 21/06/2013 at 16:53

Depends on the variety, tag. I grow Amsterdam Forcing which are an early-maturing variety and they can take 70 days to maturity. They usually germinate within 10 days.

Carrots need soil that's deep enough to more than accommodate the length of the carrot and free of lumps, pebbles, rocks, etc.

Sowing in Jan-March? I don't sow mine before April here in central Italy. The soil needs to be warm enough for them to germinate.

Talkback: How to grow tomato plants from cuttings

Posted: 20/06/2013 at 06:32

That's down to your growing conditions. If you get decent weather you should. A cutting is basically a huge headstart on a second generation of plants. Looked after properly, you should be able to plant out the cutting - as a viable plant - within two or three weeks.

Talkback: How to grow tomato plants from cuttings

Posted: 19/06/2013 at 08:27

If there are flowers on the cutting it's best to nip them off before potting them up (or putting into water). Let the cutting put all its resources into its root development. More flowers will come.

Tomato plants

Posted: 18/06/2013 at 21:42

Protect them from what, Jessica? All toms need is as much sunshine and warmth as they can get. Anything in the high teens or low 20s C during the day and teens C overnight is fine. And not too much water or fertiliser. The bottom line with toms is to keep it simple: let the plants do the work. It's in their genes to reproduce - which is to say, produce fruit.

Poorly tomato plant

Posted: 18/06/2013 at 17:21

That's fungal. Having had a closer look at the leaves closest to the camera in the first photo, there are fungal problems there too. All he can really do is remove the affected leaves and destroy them. The whole plant looks like it could do with some maintenace - trimming, tying up, etc.

Poorly tomato plant

Posted: 18/06/2013 at 16:47

Leggi, several of the leaves closest to camera look to have symptoms of a fungal problem. Any chance of some closer photos?

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.

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