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Artichokes (Globe) 13 Apr, Janet (USA - Zone 9b climate)
I live in zone 9a. I'm in the desert. We have a lot of wind, 5 mph -- 20mph. We have worst wind in spring that occasionally blows 35mph! Our winters are cool and can dip to 32 one or two nights. We have early springs. I bought 2 5" poted artichokes plants in spring. I placed them where they would be protected from cool nights and wind. They have not grown much. The nights are now in the warmer so I stopped covering. The leaves are yellow and dried.
Amaranth (also Love-lies-bleeding) 08 Apr, Beverley Turnbull (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
I have Amaranth growing in the garden. I don't know where it came from but have been told I can feed it to my budgies. Should I give it to them straight from the bush, soak it for a couple of days until it sprouts or grow it as a micro green.
Asparagus 07 Apr, Gert van Wyk (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
I have a few asperagus plants in my garden, do I have to cut down the branches above the soil and when, for them to produce more.
Onion 05 Apr, Cami (USA - Zone 9b climate)
any advice on best onion variety for zone 9b? I have tried texas grano but have not seen results yet (2 weeks and counting...). I live in southern california
Onion 08 Apr, Celeste Archer (Canada - Zone 5a Temperate Warm Summer climate)
Since you are having problems with your Texas Grano -- I would recommend going to an Egyptian walking onion (or other walking onion). Video abojut the onion can be found here: Additionally: the walking onion originated from a cross between the Welsh onion (Allium fistulosum), and the common onion (Allium cepa). The Egyptian walking onion, Allium x proliferum, is a member of the allium family and a great addition to the perennial vegetable garden. Egyptian onions go by many names, including tree onions, topset (or topsetting) onions, and walking onions. The seeds are slow growing, and can take several years for them to grow and flower. That’s why people grow them mostly from established bulbs. Every part of the Egyptian walking onion is edible, including the bulb in the ground, the stems, the flower, and the aerial bulbils. There are different varieties -- some zones 3-9 others 3-10. I would select a 3-10 for your area -- additionally some types grow substantial bulbs under ground -- others have small underground bulbs -- so select your variety based on your need. There are white, brown and purple walking onions. There is also the RED CATAWISSA WALKING onion -- which is not classified as an Egyptian walker -- but is still a walking onion: this variety for its larger sized bulbs and topsets that are much larger than the typical walking onion. All parts of the plant are edible. Walking onions are a standard choice for permaculture gardens and food forests -- they are very low maintenance - and very reliable -- so a good choice for anyone having difficulty growing regular onions.
Choko/Chayote (also Chayote squash, christophene, chouchou, mirliton) 31 Mar, Robyn Douglass (New Zealand - temperate climate)
How to prune choko plant to keep it s.all as I only have a small garden area
Asparagus 29 Mar, Jim Bell (Canada - Zone 5b Temperate Warm Summer climate)
I was planning on planting asparagus between my grape vines which are new and will be I’m hoping on wires 4 ft above ground. Would the ferns be too high to grow without shading out the grapes?
Asparagus 09 Apr, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
I would suggest you don't. Asparagus need their own area to grow in "full sunlight". They will be there for 20+ years and they spread a bit as the crown grows. You pick the new asparagus shoots (they need full sun then) for about 10-12 weeks and then let the ferns grow (they reach about 4').
Chilli peppers (also Hot peppers) 29 Mar, Gavin Mutimer (Australia - temperate climate)
Keep getting a maggot like larva in my chillies I know it's been infected when I see a little hole been bored in the fruit I do not know if it is a fruit fly or something else no one can tell have asked many people hard to treat if don't know what it is
Rosemary 27 Mar, Joseph L. Roberts (USA - Zone 7a climate)
What rosemary variety is best in 7a (Seymour Texas)
Onion 27 Mar, Peter (Australia - temperate climate)
Last year I had quite a few of my small Onions and Parsley cut off at the base. I suspect the culprit is a Blue Tongue Lizard, i have noticed full grown and baby Blue Tongues in the garden. While I dont want to hurt the Blue tongues, I want my crop to grow. I saw somewhere that Lizards dislike Vinegar. I am going to spray a row of Onions with Vinegar and see if this keeps the Beasties away. Has anyone tried this, or any similar way to deter Blue Tongues. Cheers. Pete.
Yacon (also Sunroot) 27 Mar, (Australia - temperate climate)
My yakons still have some leaves on them and new shoots growing already, it is the start of April in a temperate climate, Australia. When should I harvest them, do I have to let the plant die back, what happens to the new shoots. Regards Maureen
Asparagus 26 Mar, Rod Ferguson (Canada - Zone 4b Temperate Warm Summer climate)
I live in Midland, 50 miles north of our largest harvesting area Allison. Asparagus is my favourite vegetable but Ontario seems to have a season of only a month or so. How does asparagus from Mexico or Peru be available year round? If asparagus was planted in northern Ontario—such as in the agricultural belt near New Liskeard—would our harvesting time be correspondingly extended?
Horseradish 26 Mar, Margie Lourens (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
Hi, I would also like to know where I can buy. Online if possible Thank you
Sweet Potato (also Kumara) 25 Mar, Peter (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Planted 10 kumera slips in October 2023.... Harvested 50% of them 5 in March 2024....massive green foliage but sadly 6small (very small) finger sized harvest kumera is the only result...starting to get cooler but leaves still dark I leave them in till the weather of leaves change. ( Auckland grower)
Sweet Potato (also Kumara) 07 Apr, Marc (New Zealand - temperate climate)
leave Kumara in the ground at least until mid April. Leaves start to die off or in Auckland slow down in growth. Make sure the edges of the bed are well mulched, this will keep the moisture in the ground and the top soil cool (cooler). I harvest the orange (Beaumont) ones first, followed by the red, then purple and gold as last. there is about a week between harvests. Allow the kumara to dry before storage other wise they will rot. Keep them well protected from rats, my first red kumara harvest was approx 20kg until the rats consumed them in 4 nights to 2 kg.
Sweet Potato (also Kumara) 29 Mar, Celeste Archer (Canada - Zone 7b Mild Temperate climate)
Harvest once about HALF of the leaves start to fall over and die off (turn yellow) -- HOWEVER I'm not sure if you planted at the being of October or the end. Given good growing conditions it should take about 120 days -- if you planted at the end October then that is about 120 days.... but it could take longer -- and since the leaves have not fallen over, then I would say, it will take more time. If you planted at the beginning of October, then you are taking a lot of days -- and it could be that the growing conditions have not been optimal for the whole time.... and I would still wait for leaves to fall over... but I would start to wonder if perhaps for some reason all the conditions that your plant needs to have met in order to set tubers have not been met (nutrition, soil type/ph, water, sun light, temperatures etc.). Same rule for potatoes, harvest once the leaves started falling over and turning yellow. That is to say: as long as the leaves are a upright and green they are still collecting light and storing energy (making tubers - and making them larger)
Carrot 24 Mar, Peter (Australia - temperate climate)
I have been planting Carrots, Beetroot and Parsley. When the small shoots appear, I suspect they are being eaten by Blue Tongue Lizards. Does anyone know a humane way to deter the lizards. I love them dearly but they are driving me crazy. Cheers Pete.
Carrot 25 Mar, (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
You need some kind of protective barrier. A frame work with some insect netting maybe.
Spring onions (also Scallions, Bunching onions, Welsh onion) 23 Mar, Dot (New Zealand - sub-tropical climate)
If you grow spring onion in a container inside, can you grow them earlier?
Rosella (also Queensland Jam Plant, Roselle) 23 Mar, Michael (Australia - temperate climate)
What other plants can you grow with this plant to maximise the ground space.
Rosella (also Queensland Jam Plant, Roselle) 25 Mar, (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
They need their space and nutrient from that space to produce a good crop.
Tomato 21 Mar, Louise Shaw (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
Can I grow tomatoes all year round and do they reproduce
Tomato 05 Apr, (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
Read the notes here for cool mountain areas. Plant spring 8-17 until harvest and then pick for a few months ??? Tomatoes left on the ground will self germinate when the soil temperature is right for germination.
Potato 21 Mar, Pete (Australia - temperate climate)
Its late March and I am on the NSW Central Coast. My seed potatoes from last year have well and truly sprouted. I have planted a dozen or so, and realising that it is very early, I am curious to see what sort of yeild I will get. Anyone have any advice, or experience with planting spuds so early? Cheers Pete.
Potato 29 Mar, Celeste Archer (Canada - Zone 7b Mild Temperate climate)
When I harvest potatoes, if I don't get all the potatoes up properly -- then potatoes will grow the following year -- and we get temperatures down to about -10c overnight in the winter here -- and lots of rain in fall..... I actually find it difficult to rid an area of potatoes (in case I want to grow something else there) --- so to me, planting a bit early should not be an issue at all.
Potato 25 Mar, (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
They should produce a good crop if looked after properly. All seasons vary to some degrees -late maybe early.
Jerusalem Artichokes (also Sunchoke) 21 Mar, (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Try the local organic stop
Silverbeet (also Swiss Chard or Mangold) 20 Mar, Lesley rankin (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
My new silverbeet leaves are coming up dry and brittle.
Cardoon 19 Mar, (USA - Zone 4a climate)
Are there cardoon seeds/plants that are perennial in zone 4
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