You can get asparagus crowns (minimum of 20) from Peter Faloon's company. His crowns are virus free, which will not be the case for any asparagus seeds that you get hold of. The viruses will reduce productivity and longevity. Peter has…"
"The broad beans and peas are nearly ready to pick, and the young spinach leaves have been great additions to our salads. I love the texture of spinach. We're moving and I've been spending time digging out bits of plants that I want to take…"
"Sowed spinach today for baby leaves for salads, onion seedlings are raising their heads as are the mizuna seedlings - yay. Planted pea seedlings next to a chicken wire support, so I hope they'll get the picture and grow right up there. I had to…"
"Weeding weeding weeding! Unbelievable weed growth after the drought was broken. Now its time to get some more compost onto the vege plots where the early maturing broccoli has been harvested, and more lettuce, spring onion, cauli and broccoli…"
You could try Tamarillo and/or guava there, if you are frost free. They would love the shelter and full sun. If you are unsure about the trees coping with wet feet raising them up on a mound even 20cms can make quite difference to…"
Viruses are mostly spread from a living, infected plant to another plant by either insect vectors (aphids, thrips etc.) or when we or other animals brush past an infected plant or trim it with secateurs and transfer the sap onto another…"
"It's a wonderfully abundant time of the year in the vege garden, that is for sure. Jane you mentioned courgettes rotting at the tips. this is usually due to poor pollination. Nothing you can do about it, except remove the rotting fruits.…"
"I would be worried about using diatomacious earth widely - it seems to be a pretty indiscriminate killer of every insect. I want to have a healthy ecosystem in my garden. Maybe its good for very localised applications?"
Today I harvested some of the last silverbeet from an autumn planting for my breakfast to have with eggs. The silverbeet is all going to seed now so no more big leaves to harvest. the new seedlings are in though, so they'll be productive…"
"Broad beans can be harvested as soon as you like. the smaller beans are sweeter and the larger ones have a stronger flavour. I usually pick mine when I can see the bean shapes inside the pod and the pods are thicker than my thumb. but sometimes I…"
"Its a great time for sowing summer veges now in my garden, the beans, kamokamo, lettuce and others are germinating well. So satisfying! One thing I've noticed about bean seeds (and basil seeds too) is that they have a really short shelf life. I…"
"I hear the forecast for this summer is for a much sunnier one than last summer. It seems the conditions used for these predictions are now the opposite to this time last year. Here's hoping! Although last summer was great for anyone grazing…"
"A bit late but better than never - today I pruned the hydrangeas. Whew. It would have been better to do it earlier, to cut the stems that have flowered back to a couple of nodes above the ground or main stem, and to leave the ones that didn't…"
I am so impressed by your collection. mine is woeful in comparison, and I still love it. I have mainly cymbidiums, some commercial cut flower cultivars, others just ornamentals, and a Dendrobium kingianum, one other larger stemmed…"