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Butternut squash- but no sign of fruit

Posted: 28/08/2015 at 08:16

Once the plant is established it's wise to fertilise with something higher in P and K than N. Too much nitrogen will only encourage vine and leaf growth. 

tomato woes

Posted: 28/08/2015 at 08:12

Growmore is high in nitrogen, frensclan, which explains the growth in lieu of flowers, etc. If you're fertilising the plants, stop. Cut back watering, too. Force them to struggle. It might be too late but worth a try.

Green tomatoes

Posted: 25/08/2015 at 10:17

You're safe to go away. Even with temps in the mid-high 20s you'd still be looking at 3 weeks.

Pumpkin problem

Posted: 25/08/2015 at 10:15

Green tomatoes

Posted: 25/08/2015 at 09:55

They're not going to ripen overnight, TB. What colour green are the toms? Even if they have started to change from dark green to a lighter green they are still 3 or 4 weeks away from ripeness. 

The Purple Ukranian scandal! (tomato related!)

Posted: 24/08/2015 at 06:58

Ah well, I'd blame the cracking anyway. It shouldn't have got to that state of softness so quickly in normal circumstances. Cracking interferes with the physiology.

The spread on the plant suggests a first generation crossed seed. The first generation usually throws a majority pretty close to the original with a mixture of other shapes/sizes reflecting whatever tom crossed with it. 

The Purple Ukranian scandal! (tomato related!)

Posted: 23/08/2015 at 17:38

The softness around the top is the result of the cracking, Joe. The lower half looks like it should be all right. And it's definitely not a plum. It's trying to be a heart-shape which suggests you have a crossed seed.

my garlic is very small

Posted: 22/08/2015 at 07:52

Yes, plant only the fattest, healthiest cloves. Seed garlic is best. 

Moving Asparagus

Posted: 19/08/2015 at 18:19

 My idiot of a West Highland White pup is fenced off from the vegies because I know she'd try to do exactly the same thing. When I take her to the vet I refer to her as "La cretina" (the idiot). My day was made on our last visit. The vet saw the dog and beamed, "La cretina!".


Posted: 19/08/2015 at 11:46

Longshanks, I assume they're indeterminates? What size pots are they in?

Apart from that, if you want to move them, dig holes in your raised bed. Replace the soil from the holes with fresh soil/potting mix/whatever. Slide the plants out of the pots trying not to disturb the roots too much. Slip them into the fresh soil in the holes, tamp down well to get rid of air pockets, and water well. Sounds like the weather isn't scorching hot but do the work in the early evening anyway. Give the plants overnight to begin their adjustment. 

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