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Member since 21 May 2006
Member from Northland Region
Hi Emelle ..veg garden starting to do well now that there is an abundance of water broccoli, celery, silverbeet and lettuces are romping away and planted a few cabbages last week along with some beetroot seed , mustard lettuce and buttercrunch ..will also sow today, snow peas and carrots, Have two tomatoes that have over wintered (self sown) and doing ok
Using at present NZ spinach , and plenty of asian greens that have self sown and of course parsley .. if nothing else grows here you can always depend on great bunches of parsley
Member since 29 Apr 2010
"Using at present NZ spinach ,"
Do you mean the `creeper' that has ivy shaped leaves? My neighbour gave me a plant of this and I'm not sure how to use it.
Yes GG that is the one, grows rampantly once established and self seeds as well
I mostly like it mixed with another green when cooking it,..or use it as you would cabbage if cooking corned beef for a change..makes a change from Jiggs and Maggies favourite meal
Member since 05 Dec 2006
Member from Morrinsville
I have just remembered a good idea i read somewhere that I thought i would like to do.Plant sweet corn in a double or triple row in a circle , perhaps a couple of metres across,leaving the centre clear.The grandies will love it as a 'hut'.
Member since 18 Mar 2007
Member from Papakura
That'll be great for pollination....you'll have corn coming out of your ears. When you get too many lets know and I'll hire a truck....I love the stuff.
"Yes GG that is the one, grows rampantly once established and self seeds as well. I mostly like it mixed with another green when cooking it,"
I might try it mixed in with cabbage then. It just doesn't look like a vegetable to me. (I've got it growing in a pot).
Member since 24 Aug 2010
Member from Whangaparaoa
Emelle... How do you find Kings seeds, we use them here in the UK and find them a bit hit and miss!!.
Emelle you were talking about growing sweet corn in a double or triple circle ..I wouldn't have room for that as I only have a pocket sized veg garden but have read and thought I might try this idea where you plant your rows of sweet corn and beside them plant runner beans .. would be a great space saver ..has any one tried this idea?
Remember you need to plant sweetcorn in groups rather than rows otherwise it won't pollinate. I have grown dwarf beans between the sweetcorn plants successfully.
Member since 19 Dec 2006
Member from Hampden
I have heard some people reccommending growing runnerbeans with the sweetcorn but have never tried it. Beans need bees to polinate but swetcorn needs wind so the plants need to be positioned close, preferebly in double rows.
Commercial seeds....Generally speaking old mate the seeds developed is normanly produced for the commercial market gardeners, and what goes on sale for the general public is sweepings from the floor....in other words second grade seed. This I found out a long time ago when I was doing a lot of work for the growers here in Franklin area.
Over the years sinse I've saved my own seed. I've not purchased a tomato plant for 30 years, all my own seed same with cucumbers and the like.
Thank's for that Squirter.
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