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Pumpkin 11 Sep, Anonymous (USA - Zone 10b climate)
How limited is your space (is it just the root/ground space that's limited, but you have lots of vertical space)? I ask because pumpkin vines can get SO long. I've grown smaller varieties (lil goblin, sugar pumpkin) in grow bags and they did pretty well, but it was hard to keep the bag from drying out in my hot climate. My fault, I should have mulched. My bags were ~25 gallons...I'm not sure how many square cm that is. I've also had good results with a self-watering container made from a big Rubbermaid storage tote (got instructions on the internet). I think the key thing is, in a container, feed heavily and keep the soil moist with mulch, or else you'll be watering 2x+ a day on hot days.
Pumpkin 14 Sep, Trish Geradts (Australia - temperate climate)
Thanks for your response. my space is limited to grow pumpkins as they take up alot of room so the idea of vertical seemed good. Yes I agree I am bit concerned about the grow bag being sufficient as yes agree need to keep water & feed up which I am used to as have had lots of pots. This is a little bit of an experiment for me so will see how it goes the seed were from another pumpkin so I will try & hope for the best.
Pumpkin 10 Sep, Anon (Australia - tropical climate)
There are probably pumpkins that require a smallish area but most pumpkins require an area about 4m square. You could try a grow bag but I would never do it. I watched a TV show, Garden Gurus last weekend, show how to grow tomatoes in one. They planted 3 plants in a bag about your size or a little bigger. They planted them 15-20cm apart. ONE tomato plant needs an area approx. 60cm radius and 40-50cm deep. I plant 4 tomatoes along a 2.5m trellis. My suggest is if you have a small area then plant smallish crops. At home I have 13m x 2.5m and I do not plant any vine crops.
Pumpkin 11 Sep, Trish (Australia - temperate climate)
Thanks for your reply, I was thinking the grow bag and then using a frame for the vine to grow up and do understand the points you made. I was thinking of it as a bit of an experiment as I have some seeds which have sprouted and was thinking of planting just 2 of the seedlings. Some sites gave differing opinions on them being a shallow rooted plant vs a deep rooted which confused me so i wasn't sure if the grow bag would be deep enough. Appreciate your response
Pumpkin 15 Sep, (Australia - temperate climate)
Good luck, gardening is all about trying new things. My daughter has me growing sun flowers, first time in 40+years.
Rhubarb 09 Sep, Angela Smith (Australia - temperate climate)
what advice can you give someone who is about to start planting first crop of rhubarb. I live in South Australia and we have just started our spring
Rhubarb 12 Sep, Barbara Robinson (Australia - temperate climate)
I live in riverland where it can get very hot in summer in the 40 I have plant rhubarb plant in morning sun after shade. Do they need a lot of water, and fertiliser
Ginger 07 Sep, Dee (Canada - Zone 8a Mild Temperate climate)
Hi, in my 8a zone do I need to plant ginger in a pot always, or can I have it planted directly in the ground? And if I can plant it in the ground, when is the best time? I planted a few store bought ginger, and they are starting to grow about 15cm tall in a pot, do I need to move it to bigger and dipper pot? Thank you for answering my questions.
Taro (also Dasheen, cocoyam) 07 Sep, Neil prakash (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Looking for island edible taro plants for my garden
Taro (also Dasheen, cocoyam) 09 Sep, (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Look up seed selling websites.
Strawberry Plants 07 Sep, clive (South Africa - Humid sub-tropical climate)
I want to start a small "balcony " hydroponic system with approx. 100 plants. My aim is to build a tower system comprising about 5 pvc pipes holding 20 plants each. I will feed the nutrients into the top and circulate pump running 15 mins on and 15 mins off. Do you recommend I use a indeterminate variety and if so what variety. Can I buy root stock in South Africa or should I start from seed. I plan to plant into rockwool in net cups- would you agree? I recently purchased a Tarpan plant at our Builders store which I plan to use the runners in spanghnum moss until they root and plant these into rockwool however, it will hardly be enough to setup 100 plants. My long term plan is to do this commercially once I know what I'm doing. I look forward to your advice. Thank you in advance, Clive
Strawberry Plants 09 Sep, Anonymous (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
I suggest you seek advice from an agricultural department in your country or hydroponics people.
Tomato 06 Sep, Lou (USA - Zone 10a climate)
Is the July and August direct sun to much for tomato plants? My plants get to about 12 inches high then the leaves begin to shrivel up. Thanks, Lou
Tomato 09 Sep, Anonymous (USA - Zone 10a climate)
Tomatoes need to be planted deep and then watered deep. A really good watering 3-4 times a week. If your climate is really hot and or dry then maybe plant a bit earlier to avoid the hottest part of summer.
Capsicum (also Bell peppers, Sweet peppers) 05 Sep, Vic Earle (Australia - temperate climate)
A couple of capsicum plants against a northeast faceing wall have survived the winter. Almost all the leaves have survived but are now curling up should I remove them?
Capsicum (also Bell peppers, Sweet peppers) 07 Sep, Corinna Wildenauer (Australia - temperate climate)
Ive had capsicums and chillies over winter and they usually come good once it warms up. I prune them back and when it gets warmer you should find new leaves starting to emerge. Give it a good feed. The old leaves will eventually drop off. I had a chilli plant live for several years in a pot.
Potato 04 Sep, Richard Allan (Australia - temperate climate)
Watermelon 03 Sep, Kay (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
What fertiliser is best for watermelons?
Watermelon 08 Sep, Danlo Troth (Australia - temperate climate)
My grandfather was always using old n dry cow poo. Just make sure to really dig it in and mix well into the dirt.
Watermelon 09 Sep, Anonymous (Australia - arid climate)
Old dried out cow poo has probably lost a lot of it's nutrient value, leached out with gravity and rain etc. Any manures need to be made into a compost material asap to retain as much of the nutrient as possible. Or you dig it into your soil over 6-12 weeks and with air water and turning it, it breaks down into the soil. The greatest benefit of organic material put back into the soil is it makes the soil loose and friable, which means it then drains well.
Watermelon 04 Sep, Anon (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Just look for a general garden fertiliser. There is not that much difference in them
Pumpkin 03 Sep, Abdul Mogale (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
I farm in Heidelberg, Gauteng and would like to try pumpkin on a 17 hactre land without irrigating. Please advise me. (Gardenate says : This is not a farm advisory site. Contact your nearest agricultural department. )
Asparagus 03 Sep, Michael Archer (Australia - temperate climate)
a bit hard to stop watering in Perth at this time I might knock it down at the end of summer and try to pick a few late spears then
Asparagus 04 Sep, Anonymous (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Cut back the watering from end of May. If you keep watering and have a warmish winter it keeps growing. The idea is for the plant to put a lot of energy etc back into the crown (from the ferns) mid summer to Autumn. That is what allows the plant to send up spears during Spring. This time of the year you should have the ferns cut off, put 100-150 (?) of compost on top and applied some fertiliser and be watering heaps. At the moment I'm picking 12-15 spears each third day from 4 crowns.
Garlic 02 Sep, Lawrence (South Africa - Dry summer sub-tropical climate)
Can i plant in September im in port elizabeth
Garlic 03 Sep, Anon (South Africa - Humid sub-tropical climate)
You can plant it but you probably won't grow a crop, reason, it is the wrong season. Check and do as the planting calendar say at the top of the page.
Sweet corn (also maize) 01 Sep, MARIO (South Africa - Dry summer sub-tropical climate)
Hi, Would you know where I can buy some white maize seeds in Cape Town? Do think they will grow here without any problems? Many thanks, Mario
Sweet corn (also maize) 03 Sep, Anonymous (South Africa - Humid sub-tropical climate)
Try a seed selling website.
Onion 01 Sep, M.fourie (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
My onions grow big but don t have any bulbs.thy were planted from seedlings juni july and grow easy but till now no bulbs.we are in south of namibia
Onion 03 Sep, Anonymous (South Africa - Semi-arid climate)
Work out your climate type from the Blue climate Zone tab at the top of the page. Then check the planting guide. You may have planted out of season or at the very end of the season. Usually if something grows really well but doesn't produce a crop your soil is too rich, too much nitrogen.
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