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Growing cabbage

Posted: 21/06/2014 at 15:57

It is not a good idea to save seed of something like a brassica.  If it is a hybrid it will not come true.  That is it will not be exactly like its parent as it may have been got at by a bee that had also visited another brassica.

The cabbage in the picture looks good.  You can cook and eat it without it making a heart.


Posted: 21/06/2014 at 14:31

Look at the bottom of the plant where it comes out of the ground.  Count up the main stem until you get to the second main branch off the main stem.  The tomatoes on these branches are 'the truss.'  Are there small tomatoes?  Or only flowers?  

If there are only flowers it is too soon to give liquid fertilizer.  If you give it too soon you will get too many leaves.  Tomatoes have to be treated a little hard, so that they 'think' they had better make seeds; that is fruit before they die.

Cows in garden

Posted: 21/06/2014 at 14:24

Please do not suggest solicitor's letters to anybody.  Do you know how much that costs???  The farmer may have longer pockets than the OP.

Potato disease

Posted: 21/06/2014 at 14:19

Not all potato varieties produce flowers.  Have you not dug up a plant to see?  At the very least dig gently round the plant to see what's there.

What to do with my Garlic

Posted: 20/06/2014 at 17:33

Do not freeze the cloves if you plan to plant them in the Autumn.

Store them and only plant the cloves from the outside of the bulb.  They are the biggest and best.

Cows in garden

Posted: 20/06/2014 at 08:50

It is entirely the farmer's responsibility to keep his cows away from other people's property.

Visit him and ask him either to put up an electric fence or a permanent fence.

If his cows have damaged the wall it is his responsibility to repair it.  At his expense.  If he will not do so get it repaired and send him the bill.  The small claims court is available to you.  But do make sure you have something in writing or he will claim you never complained.

Runner beans

Posted: 19/06/2014 at 14:43

Yes, it is lack of pollination.  The bees may be busy elsewhere but they will find your beans.

Help me save my courgettes please!

Posted: 19/06/2014 at 14:40

Those chemicals you mention are usually shortened to NPK which are the normal chemicals in fertilizer.

I would also think it is incomplete pollination.  Male flowers plus female flowers plus insects all have to be in sync.  When they are you will be overwhelmed with courgettes.

Asthma and Gardening

Posted: 19/06/2014 at 14:33

Do you ensure you wash the weedkiller off any exposed skin as soon as you finish spraying.  You should do, and especially off your hands before eating.

Talkback: Tomato blight and potato blight

Posted: 19/06/2014 at 10:06

There is early blight and late blight.  You may not get blight at all.  We grow earlies to avoid it. And tomatoes in the greenhouse for the same reason.

Why have you removed the flowers from the potatoes?  There is no need.  If there are any flowers they can give a rough guide as to whether it is worth digging a plant.

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