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Can I plant the garlic I get from the supermarket?

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You could, but supermarket garlic is not always the most flavourful, and it might be treated with an anti-sprouting agent that may hinder growth. It’s better to buy garlic that’s for planting. …

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How can I prevent a white fungal growth on the base of my onion bulbs?

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A white fungal growth on the base of onion bulbs is a sign of the disease called white rot. This fungus affects onions, and leeks, but is less common on chives, garlic and shallots. The leaves of the onion become yellow, die back…

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How do I plant vegies and fruits in pots?

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The key to success in pot planting is keeping the water up. Pots dry out far quicker than garden beds and even if your plants don’t die they will be in survival mode, concentrating on seed…

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The leaves on my tomatoes are starting to look purple along the veins and on the underside of the leaves, what’s happening?

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Purple leaves are an indication that the plant is not receiving enough phosphorus. If you have been using half strength fertilizer for the first three to four weeks of the seedling’s life, it may be time to increase the fertilizer to full strength. The…

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What are easy-to-grow Asian vegies?

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Oriental vegetable varieties have becomes a part of our everyday diets. And, like other fresh vegetables, they taste better if they’re grown in the home garden and harvested just as they’re required. Many grow easily from seed, which means you can…

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What should I use as mulch in my vegetable garden?

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Not all vegetable plants like the same growing conditions, so it’s best to pair the mulch with the crop. For instance, heat-loving peppers, tomatoes, eggplant and melons are great candidates for black plastic mulch. Applied in early spring, the…

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