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Talkback: Growing early beetroot video project

Posted: 10/01/2013 at 19:31
Just a quicky, how often would I water the beetroot seeds, and also do I water forced rhubarb? thanks

Squash - Yellow Leaves

Posted: 31/10/2012 at 19:45

Thanks for this, ChrissieB, I shall get on with it tomorrow. Would send you some sunshine if I could, though we are having very unseasonal rains here. (Not as bad as yours though)

Squash - Yellow Leaves

Posted: 31/10/2012 at 11:15

Hi both Bobs. I have just taken up gardening, to help distract me from worrying about a poorly husband. My timing is up the wall compared to yours as I live in Portugal, and my knowledge mainly this website and instinct. I have a number of raised beds on my terrace, each 1 metre square. I have planted unusual varieties of courgette, pumpkin and squash, putting 1 plant in each corner. Now I have lots of really healthy happy plants, all with fruits 1-2 cm long and lots of them! but I now have the problems 1) that the fruits are overhanging the boxes, and 2) that I have more leaves than I have ever had! I am resolving the first problem by putting a support, with a bed of straw, under them, but is it safe or foolish to remove some of the lower leaves? I realise that the leaves channel the water to the fruit, but are the really low ones necessary? Thanks


Posted: 17/09/2012 at 15:35

Problem solved, though I am sorry to end this fun! Compo makes a product to spray where the grasshoppers and snails eat, which makes the plants unpalatable to my visitors. Thanks for all your help!


Posted: 17/09/2012 at 09:35

Bom dia VeronicaBee. Good point...I haven't seen him since May, he goes off and does other things when it is so hot. He lives in the Bird of Paradise trees, whilst the munchers are in another part of the land, just with the veg and rose stuff. I had forgotten him until chatting here, so I will remember to mention him at the garden centre. Thank you!


Posted: 16/09/2012 at 23:13

Hi Zoomer44, thanks for your reply! I have learned a lot already today. My visitors, large and grey, 3" plus long, and brilliant green about 1" long, are happily munching their way through my beans, roses, climbing plants - even my hibiscus bushes! I am seeking advice but I have to take great care because I have a European tree frog, also brilliant green, hiding in some bushes and I would hate to hurt him. I tried a spray made of soap and peppermint this afternoon and this seems to have chased the big one away, though I don't think he died....


Posted: 16/09/2012 at 16:59

Hi VeronicaBee, back online. Thank you for this, very interesting, and great info on mealy bugs there. Will post how I get on.


Posted: 16/09/2012 at 12:30

That was quick, thank you! I live in Portugal where the sun is hot, the hoppers hungry and my rose leaves look like jigsaw pieces! I haven't seen any starlings but will look harder. Tried to upload pics but have lost them,


Posted: 16/09/2012 at 10:28

Hi! Can anyone advise me as to how to stop these little charmers munching up my roses and veg, please

Talkback: Growing raspberries

Posted: 27/05/2012 at 09:28

Hi. I have planted raspberries, blueberries and blackberries this year - I live in portugal so the seasons are different. I have lots of flowers but no setting fruit. can anyone tell me what I am doing wrong?

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