Where do you buy horseradish to grow? The fresh stuff is amazing!Sweet corn and sweet potato for me are a crop of little return for effort put in, good thing about kale is it will sprout again from the root the following year as does broccolini, spuds are a crop I grow every year even though cheap enough to buy it is the small new potato like, the skin rubs off and served with bacon and the bacon fat drizzled over the spuds is magnificent.
The super food crops spinach,kale, broccoli, horse radish, (10 times better than kale ) and if anyone has a hydro set up watercress is so easy to grow packed with iron vitamin C and calcium.
Then the usual tomatoes, beans dwarf and runner, zucchini, always produces far more than needed, cucumbers, having experienced a few bitter cucumbers I always grow the hybrid variety which doesn't need pollinating heirloom varieties of tomatoes does seem to have a better, sweeter flavour and to get the best out of your vegetables cook and eat within an hour of harvesting.
I think I got mine from Diggers if I remember right, don't know how you would go living in Perth and the quarantine laws. Ask around some of the garden centers or on eBay leaves are good to eat too.
You can try Guildford garden centre over there
Our neighbours behind us keep 2 hives. We have awesome pollination rates on all the fruit trees, chillies and tomatoes. Only downside is cider season. I made 100 litres across 2 batches from our trees, the bees cottoned onto it for the second batch and they were swarming around my crusher and press. Reckon I fished close to 50 out of the juice from the press. Didn't get stung once though, they are a pretty happy lot. We planted a bunch of rosemary, roses and other flowering plants to keep them coming over a few years back. He usually misses a few queens in Spring and we get 2-3 swarms landing in the garden each spring.I think your locality has something to do with it, I have always been wanting to get into bees, wife isn't keen, there are still bees hanging around our garden at this time of year in Victoria. I could put hives on the roof not so much bothered about a return from honey, just like the idea they are there.
My work these days are setting up vegetable gardens and the area I work in has a large bee population nothing better that working in a garden which is full of bees.
Bloody hell I'm only just planting my tomato and capsicum/chilli into seed punnets - hope I'm not too late.How is this weather, nothing better than tending the seedlings, listening to the Bulldogs v Richmond game. Love this time of year all capsicums are growing strongly along with the tommies, have got a dozen cauliflower I have to try and find some room for, rhubarb and sea kale coming on, what can be better. I wonder what the poor people are doing.
I envy you, while the thermostat is in the positive for the next few days, we have big frosts and negatives here for at least another 6-7 weeks. Lucky I have seed raising and small plant set up inside to get them going and can harden the tomatoes off in anticipation of planting. Not planting too much this year other than enough for fresh fare, we have too much in bottles to eat up from last couple of years. All good, three full kegs and a batch of mead underway... no complaints!How is this weather, nothing better than tending the seedlings, listening to the Bulldogs v Richmond game. Love this time of year all capsicums are growing strongly along with the tommies, have got a dozen cauliflower I have to try and find some room for, rhubarb and sea kale coming on, what can be better. I wonder what the poor people are doing.
Lol one of the very few veggies I don't really like, whitlof being the other. But they do grow well here for sure. I checked the buerre bosch pear tree, it is loaded with fruit spurs as are the apple trees, so assuming the frosts play nice we will be in business with them this year . The garlic planted in late autumn is starting to kick on with the warmer days now too. Garlic is one of the best crops we grow actually, big juicy purple garlic bulbs. Out of interest, do you know of any decent organic sprays for red spider mite? Our bok choy got hit pretty hard by them this winter. We had 2 beds with them so pulled them before they spread too far but lost half a dozen to them. Will neem be sufficient?At least with the frosts you would be better able to grow decent Brussel sprouts, I have tried a couple of times here and they just go flower.
Thanks. first time I have seen them outside actually. Only seen them otherwise indoors in growing conditions without sufficient air flow in my experience. That will teach me to get lazy and buy plants rather than grow from seed. I'm looking at you Bunnings!Parsnips is a veggie I am not keen on, still grow them though, I grew some Salsify they were going along nicely until my wife pulled them all out and put them in the compost she said she thought they were parsnips gone wrong. This is what they look like and taste like oysters apparently
The spider mite, there was a discussion on the Hop Growing thread, I think Dans Craft Brewer used some organic insecticide.
Turnips look awesome! Not a chef just a big time foodie.Are you a chef, had me drooling over the salsify definitely will be getting more to grow again as I said never got a look in last time.
A couple of swede to go in with lamb shank stew, used to feel sorry for the Europeans who never got to have spuds prior to Walter Raleigh, but they had the swede and turnip, a load of pearl barley will be in attendance as well.
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