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Comment by Tony Lucas on December 3, 2010 at 7:14am
Yep Lynn must admit 3am is a bit radical was in a lot of pain last night so couldnt sleep as I tripped over the chair in the dark the night before and smacked head first into the coffee table.
so it seemed like the ideal opportunity to go through the wealth of information on the site.
Love gettin on here just dont often have the time to deeply sift through the information.

Well another nice cloudy day with the prospect of rain so im gonna make the most of it.
Comment by Lynn on December 3, 2010 at 4:58am
LOL...giggling at the hour of the day that we post, Hester!

Thanks for the tip with the milk powder...will give it a go
Comment by Hester on December 3, 2010 at 4:56am
About the calcium. Last year I read about adding some milk powder to the soil when growing tomtoes. I put about a teaspoonful mixed into the planting hole and they were very healthy plants. Maybe you could sprinkle a bit on top of the soil. I also fill milk bottles with water when the milk is used and water the tomatoes with that. Should work for courgettes too.
Comment by Lynn on December 2, 2010 at 8:53am
cool...just found this and thought I'd share as others may be experiencing similar to me with zucchini etc rotting on the plant.

Adding soured milk to the soil or directly watering plants can give the garden a boost of calcium and enhance the overall health of the plant and its fruit. A great way to recycle "bad" milk, this method can be used to administer calcium to more mature plants before and during their primary fruit-bearing weeks.
Comment by moggy on December 2, 2010 at 8:47am
gotta keep sowing today, finally our hydroponics are working correctly so need to get the seedlings growing asap did a couple of hundred pots yesterday, need another couple today and need to plant out those that have already germinated. As of next week unemployed, so need to get some money coming in from the system
Comment by Tony Lucas on December 2, 2010 at 8:13am
Thanks Lynn as outta all the summer veges Ienjoy the most cucumbers and tomaotes are my absolute favorites. Il get on to that today as i got a big pile of sand here.
Comment by Lynn on December 2, 2010 at 7:43am
WOW...what a tad of rain and the constant warmth will do! Have had to continue retying the tomatoes, cucumbers and capsicums. Everything is doing fabulously at the moment...APART from my zucchinis, which seem to be rotting once the beautiful new fruit reaches about 2 inches long.I have done some reading and it seems the soil MIGHT be lacking calcium and can do with a dressing during the winter...but, does anyone have any ideas on what I can do while the plants are still in and growing? Anything to retrieve the situation? I would hate to lose the plants and have to start afresh, as the plants themselves seem really healthy.
Comment by Lynn on December 1, 2010 at 9:58pm
Tony...try gritty sand or crushed shells around the plants...snails and slugs don't like slithering across gritty or sharp things. Make sure there is nothing touching the plants that they can climb first and slide onto the cucumbers from.
Comment by Tony Lucas on December 1, 2010 at 9:35pm
Lynn I would be growin Cucumbers but the slugs and snails are decimating mine every time I put some in - tried fullers earth but makin no difference this year. Dont like puttin pellets round cause of the birds and the darn cat drinks the beer traps - ohh well lokslike brought ones this year lol.
Comment by Lynn on December 1, 2010 at 9:30am
So far this week...have sprayed the tomatoes and capsicums with tomato leaf spray. Retied all tomatoes, due to fast growth. Lifted the first of the new potatoes and had them for dinner...YUM! Growing my cucumbers UP, so tied and supported those. Lots of lettuce, mesclun, radish and mustard greens been picked. Delish. All the herbs are doing really well and being used daily. I'm using what I have in abundance to make the start of Christmas presents. Mint jelly done yesterday. Mixed herbs next on the agenda.
 

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