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New site - bugs

Posted: 01/09/2012 at 06:12

I got notification of that post, Bev. Seems to be working at the moment for me. But we'll see.

Squash

Posted: 31/08/2012 at 22:19

The ones that aren't swelling probably weren't pollinated or pollinated properly. They usually shrivel up and fall off.

Talkback: Growing herbs

Posted: 31/08/2012 at 16:57
nikki2 wrote (see)
I HAVE BEEN TRYING TO GROW HERBS IN POTS IN MY KITCHEN WITHOUT MUCH LUCK WHERE AM I GOING WRONG

They need plenty of sun and warmth. Could that be a problem?

Talkback: Growing herbs

Posted: 31/08/2012 at 16:56
nikki2 wrote (see)
I HAVE 3 STANDARD POTS ON MY KITCHEN WALL WHICH IUSE TO TO GROW MY HERB INI.E. MINT BASIL THYME ETC IHAVE BEEN BUYING THEM FROM SUPERMARKETS WITH MIXED RESULTS ANY IDEAS HOW TO MAKE THEM STRONGER AND LAST LONGER NIKKI2

Supermarket herbs, basil in particular, have usually been "forced", grown in hot houses with loads of nutrients. Taken out of that environment they struggle to cope. You're better off buying from plant nurseries.

Basil is very very easy to grow from seed. Just sprinkle the seeds on top of damp mix, pat down firmly, and keep the mix moist till germination. Afterwards they need plenty of sun and reasonable moisture.

Passion Fruit Vine

Posted: 31/08/2012 at 12:58

Ah well, the roots had rooted. Passionfruit are notorious for root problems. Better luck with this one.

New site - bugs

Posted: 31/08/2012 at 09:05

Daniel, good news. I received notification of that message. Maybe things will turn around today. I'll let you know.

New site - bugs

Posted: 31/08/2012 at 08:58

Hi Daniel. Well, I didn't get notification of your post. The notifications seem to be running at about 50%. I can't see any pattern.

French tarragon - getting it though the winter

Posted: 31/08/2012 at 08:53

FT also has a finite life. They lose their energy and flavour after four or five years. Dividing every couple of years keeps the supply going.

best flavoured tomatoes

Posted: 31/08/2012 at 08:47

Yes, Astro is a hybrid San Marzano, one of the many. Ideal for sauces. Have you had any Blossom End Rot problems?

French tarragon - getting it though the winter

Posted: 31/08/2012 at 08:23

Dividing is better than cuttings, Dove. Late winter or early spring is best. French Tarragon is unknown here in Italy despite it sometimes turning up in Sienese cooking. In fact it's supposed to have originated in Siena. Anyway, the only way we can get plants is to have friends bring them from Australia stuffed in a tennis ball tube with the roots wrapped in wet tissue paper.

Don't know what your winters are like but if it doesn't get too freezing cold you can cut it back and cover it with fleece or mulch. It will come back. It's so rare and prized here that I keep it in a pot. In winter it's wrapped in bubble wrap and fleece under cover.

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