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Comment by Lynn on December 7, 2010 at 8:33am
Hi Kate...I had the same with a lot of my leeks, and they were inedible, due to the very very tough centre created by the flower stem. In future, I will snip the flower stem when young and tender, and these 'scapes' are delicious used in stir fry. And then I will remember to actually USE the leeks shortly after, so they don't go tough. Losing a couple of dozen beautiful looking leeks almost broke my heart...hard lesson to learn.
Comment by Richard Grevers on December 6, 2010 at 8:55pm
Dorothy, I find you can get about 9 or 10 months out of silverbeet then lose it to seed in the late spring. I plant the replacements then, and while that is growing we eat our reserves (cooked lightly, packed into ice cube trays then frozen)
Comment by Richard Grevers on December 6, 2010 at 8:53pm
Hi Kate,
sounds like all my attempts at growing winter leeks! Once the flowerhead starts forming the core of the stem goes hard and inedible. I've been told that it is best to plant them around Christmas. I tried that last year but was away for most of January and they disappeared without trace.
Comment by Dorothy Skudder on December 6, 2010 at 5:19pm
hi all is it our hot weather but my silverbeet has bolted to seed jst pulled it all out and left 1 for seed i am growing these in tyres was fine last year
Comment by Kate on December 6, 2010 at 4:56pm
My leeks have all gone to seed. Are they still edible now. They seem too little to eat yet, let alone throw a seed head. Also, being a new gardener, is it normal for the onions to go to seed now, is this when I am supposed to harvest them, or do I wait till autumn. I feel so green at being green!!
Comment by marjolijn vos on December 6, 2010 at 1:37pm
harvesting beautiful looking strawberries, huge, plump,
bright red and they are prolific first fruits. I splashed out
and bought some new plants. But they are sour, boo...
It is a new bed, never had strawberries there before, they
have plenty of space and mulched. Would love any
suggestions of what I could add to the soil to sweeten
them up.
Comment by marjolijn vos on December 6, 2010 at 12:19pm
Made time for some early morning watering. Our sweetcorn plants
have earwigs living inside the growing tips, never had that happen
before. I swished them out with water and I hope the birds will
gobble them up. Will do another flush out tonight. Our basil is
getting munched on by green caterpillars, so I'm picking them off
and feeding them to the chooks. I look for caterpillar poo to
track them down!
Comment by Kali on December 6, 2010 at 12:08pm
that's good to know Lynn, I usually put some milk powder in the hole when I plant tomatoes, haven't used it as a spray before though. I transplanted all my little basil, bergamot, cosmos and echinacea seedlings today, because its drizzly, and sowed some mesclun and lettuce. put some purple climbing bean seeds in amongst the corn, and weeded liberally. my garlic is already yellowing and drying off because we have had such great weather, I have already been harvesting the odd bulb for cooking with for a while now. must go and pour some compost tea water around, its a good day for it.
Comment by Lynn on December 6, 2010 at 8:46am
I'm thrilled to report that after one application of milk to my zucchinis, they are now thriving well and growing beautiful fruit, including a drastic change around in the ones that were already looking very sick. I have just reapplied another weaker dose as a maintenance.

In addition, I found some other great uses for milk in the garden...

Milk for Mildew
Milk with its' natural enzymes and simple sugar structures can be used to combat various mildews on cucumber, asters, tomato, squash and zinnia foliage. This works by changing the pH on the surface of the leaves, so they are less susceptible to mildew. Use a 10/90% mixture of milk and water. I.E.: To make 10 ounces of finished spray use 1 oz of milk to 9 ozs. water. Thoroughly spray plants every 3 to 4 days at first sign of mildews or use weekly as a preventative measure.

Milk can also be mixed at a rate of 2 ounces milk to 18 ounces of water and used as a spray every 7 to 10 days to treat mosaic disease on cucumber, tomato and lettuce.
Comment by Lynn on December 5, 2010 at 10:47pm
Retied the fast growing tomato plants, trimmed bottom leaves off them. 'tickled' spuds for dinner, along with picking lettuce, mesclun and mustard greens.
 

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