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  • #521241
    foodiefoodie
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    Bobbee – I’ve tried the potato/broadbean combination this year, but with late frosts the ground was colder than ever in the shade of the beans, so I’ve totally lost the potatoes that were coming through. Those planted on their own have managed to recover! You win some, you lose some.

    I’m not that keen on broadbeans, so I reckon they’ll go back to strickly winter cover & green manure.

    #521242
    BobbeeBobbee
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    That’s a shame foodie, but like you say ‘you win some and you lose some’.

    Our spuds had been mulched once before Mr Bobbs planted the broad beans so the potatoes had quite a bit of growth before the beans got into their stride, so to speak.

    Maybe this made the difference. What State are you in, by the way, that is if you live in Aus?

    🙂

    #521243
    lmd80lmd80
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    Hi All, Filling my new veg garden and pulling out oodles of squash, big squash! Zucchini and cucumbers are kicking in too! But I can’t believe the squash that is coming out!!! It is really impressive. Obviously the new garden is a great position :cheer:

    #521244
    BelBel
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    Beautiful squash and zucchini – nice one! You must have some good bees or other pollinating insects around as well. Looks like the kids hare having a ball 🙂

    #521245
    froot_loopzfroot_loopz
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    wow those squash look great

    Ive been picking roma tomatoes and cherry tomatoes and zukes, and the usual spinach and silverbeet for the chooks.

    leaving the house in a few weeks for perth. I may lose the vegie garden depending on who looks after the animals while we are gone

    as long as the animals are fed I’ll try not to stress too much over the plants

    #521246
    kimmysmumkimmysmum
    Member

    I have LOTS of trouble growing Squash. Frustrating the daylights out of me, but I will try again.

    Putting Potatoes in this week. Please let it rain soon

    #521247
    BelBel
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    kimmysmum post=359105 wrote: I have LOTS of trouble growing Squash. Frustrating the daylights out of me, but I will try again.

    Putting Potatoes in this week. Please let it rain soon

    What sort of trouble kimmysmum? Have you tried hand-pollinating? I always had trouble with squash rotting and falling off when very small. Once I realised it was a pollination issue, I started hand-pollinating and I get way more than I need now. Also not watering over-head assists with avoiding mildew which I find is always a problem with cucurbits.

    Have a great holidays fruit-loopz. We went to Perth and Margaret River last month and had a great time. Likewise with our garden – we had the in-laws look after our beloved chickens and had to live with the fact that we probably wouldn’t get many summer veggies in this year. Hopefully we still get some rain while you’re away and maybe your veggies will pull through.

    #521248
    froot_loopzfroot_loopz
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    Thanks Bel, first christmas home in 7 years.

    #521249
    kimmysmumkimmysmum
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    Hi Bel yes I do hand pollinate but never seem to get many girls, The males seem to rule.

    #521250
    BelBel
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    kimmysmum post=359120 wrote: Hi Bel yes I do hand pollinate but never seem to get many girls, The males seem to rule.

    Hmmm. That’s a tough one. No idea what to do then, sorry :shrug:

    #521251
    kimmysmumkimmysmum
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    I will keep soldiering on My next plan of attack is a new plot just for them with Yellow Marigolds around the edge

    #521252
    porgeyporgey
    Member

    KM, For the mildew spray with a ten percent milk solution and encourage yellow spotted ladybugs that eat the mildew as well as avoiding overhead watering. For more chicksters I use a good dose of cow poo and compost and sulfate of potash.

    #521253
    kimmysmumkimmysmum
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    Thank you Porgey I will do that. I have cows up the road so instead of the dogs I will take shovel and bag to collect some of the older pats.

    #521254
    pavbenthpavbenth
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    froot_loopz post=359103 wrote: wow those squash look great

    Ive been picking roma tomatoes and cherry tomatoes and zukes, and the usual spinach and silverbeet for the chooks.

    leaving the house in a few weeks for perth. I may lose the vegie garden depending on who looks after the animals while we are gone

    as long as the animals are fed I’ll try not to stress too much over the plants

    I am going to run an experiment after my block settles. I am going to head up there in late January, some compost and manure in tow. I’m going to make rough one-square-metre bed and throw in some seeds, give them a water, and see what happens. I won’t be there again probably for a number of weeks.

    #521255
    porgeyporgey
    Member

    pavbenth post=359133 wrote:

    wow those squash look great

    Ive been picking roma tomatoes and cherry tomatoes and zukes, and the usual spinach and silverbeet for the chooks.

    leaving the house in a few weeks for perth. I may lose the vegie garden depending on who looks after the animals while we are gone

    as long as the animals are fed I’ll try not to stress too much over the plants

    I am going to run an experiment after my block settles. I am going to head up there in late January, some compost and manure in tow. I’m going to make rough one-square-metre bed and throw in some seeds, give them a water, and see what happens. I won’t be there again probably for a number of weeks.

    Watering is always a prominent concern over summer especially when your away. I have just started incorporating coir, coconut fibre, into my beds with promising results as it holds water rally well. It’s cheaper than chips and fairly green. Another advantage for me is that it’s fairly acid so reduces my high pH soil. If you have neutral to acid soil just add some dolomite lime when you use coir, if you do.

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