yellow cherry tomato lettuce

Read on to see how the Yellow Cherry tomato scores on the SSM's tomato rating board.

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  Mark Valencia — Hi Jo, Yes this variety is an "indeterminate" tomato which means it will continue to grow out and up like a vine. Trimming it at about 2m high and letting it grow out the same wide will make a great plant - just keep pruning to keep it under control. After its initial flush of fruit, you can get a l......
  Jo — Does this variety of tomato need pruning?...

Holding cauliflowers

Cauliflower, a pretentious vegetable to grow but extremely satisfying when we do, especially, when big heads are produced.

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  Mark Valencia — Hi Kaatzy, how cool! I love your organic method to control cabbage butterfly. I have read sprinkling egg shells around the base of the plants can help to deter the butterflies because of the reasons you explained. However, your milk bottle fake butterfly trick sounds much better and I'm going to try......
  Kaatzy — Thisis a cabbage butterfly deterrent that is sort of strange. Someone discovered that the butterflies are territorial and so if they see others of their kind on your brassica family plants (cabbage, kohlrabi, broccoli, cauliflower)they will stay away. First you cut out some plastic shaped "butterfli......
  Mark Valencia — Hi Pink, pyrethrem will work on the cabbage butterfly caterpilla but not on the eggs or the actual butterfly. Try some derris dust, it is also low toxic and may curb the outbreaks. Only apply if the crops are getting decimated - don't worry about a few holes in the leaves as this dosen't justify che......

Ginger rhizome in ground

This article explains how to grow ginger and also how to make ginger candy two ways both spicy and mild.

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  Mark Valencia — Thanks DC appreciate you taking the time to comment! ...
  DC — Thank you for sharing the information - I've successfully grown my first lot ... About to harvest :-)...
  Mark Valencia — Hi Pink! Yes, skip the sugar coating bit at the end by all means, especially if you are going to use it for cooking. We like to coat ours in sugar for eating (straight) as it softens the bite from the ginger. Cheers ......

Lantana a noxious weed in Queensland Australia

This article explains what a weed is by definition, ways to remove weeds, and ways to control or suppress them in the home garden.

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  Mark Valencia — Elaine, I have heard many weeds can be eaten (like certain thistles) but you've definately got my interest! I'll check out the books you recommend by Peter, cheers ...
  Elaine coolowl — Weeds do have a vital place though, odd though that may seem. See either of Peter Andrew's books (in Moreton Library) 'Back from the Brink' and 'Beyond the Brink'. Peter's views, backed up by practical use, will give the reader a whole new perspective on 'weeds'....

orange good

It's hardly surprising that oranges have evolved into one of the most favourite and commonly utilised fruits in the world considering its taste and versatility as a food, drink, ingredient in cooking, a pharmaceutical and beauty product, cleanser, or deodoriser - I'm sure there's plenty more examples too.

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  Mark Valencia — No worries Bahadir happy to chat with you about fruit trees - it's what I love talking about! Osmocote Bloom fertilizer - yes, we have it in Australia and it's a good brand to use. I tend to use a lot of mulch and some rotted chicken manure but also a good citrus fertiliser with trace elements bec......
  bahadır gökçe — Thanks you Mark. Normally we produced washington trees but they have not taken good money so we grew the fruit first season. That is september is important for us because of sell merchant. so ı will produce mandarin but first mandarin Also I ask you Do you know Oscomote Bloom fertilizer ? if us......
  Mark Valencia — Hi Bahadır, thank you for taking the time to say hello and ask a question. I have not grown either types of mandarins you mention so I can't honestly say what they are like and how well they grow; however, in regards to diseases I can be pretty sure if you're growing oranges successfully for so lo......

Butcher birds getting out of rain overlooking vegetable garden

It is one thing to have to wear a raincoat or use an umbrella when going to the vegetable garden but sloshing through mud is definitely not fun and totally unnecessary when the right landscaping plan is implemented." 

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  Mark Valencia — Hi PC, another frog expert! I'm thinking I should do some reading on my backyard animals so I know what I'm photographing:) Where do I get the time to do my projects? I just string them out over many days (sometimes weeks) though I must say I was really happy to see the last shovel of gravel on my v......
  Phantomcomentator — Yep, its a Litoria Gracilenta alright! A very comprehensive account of path laying. I can't help but wonder, Mark, where you get the time to do all these things! Cheers, PC....
  Mark Valencia — Wow Elaine, you certainly know your frogs! A moaning call hey, I can relate to that as it's the sound I made this morning when I had to get up ...

Italian Tree Tomato Half

This is called the Italian Tree Tomato – one of the first heirloom tomatoes I ever grew, this tomato sure is a heavy weight contender as one of the best tomatoes in the world. As usual, I will summarise by giving the tomato variety a final rating score averaging my rating scores based on certain criteria.

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  Mark Valencia — Wonderful tips and thank you very much, Jack, for your input! ...
  Jack F. — Fruit averages (12-14ozs.)but only average productivity. Good disease resistance, especially late blight. Fun picking tomatoes over your head. They need something sturdy to climb on. I used goat manure, lime, 8-8-8 fertilizer with sulfur and manganese plus a tablespoon of Epsom salts in a DEEP hole......
  Mark Valencia — Hi Andrew, yes what you suggested (cutting back to last node) is what I would do and then mulch the plant heavily to protect from the cold. In spring, give it a good feed and hopefully you'll have another season of this tomato plant! Thanks for the question ......

What really is in fruit juices? Here's how much sugar, water, and calories some popular juices contain.

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  Pink — I dilute my juice too and find it hard to drink full strength anymore. A bit devastated about the pineapple juice though as it is my favourite. ...
  Mark Valencia — Good idea Gustoso I sometime water mine down too but I probably should always to it. I like your site Gustoso BTW http://gustoso.wordpress.com/ Thanks for dropping by ......
  Gustoso — I always dilute bought juice with half a glass of water....

Tamarillo Sliced Quarts

I'm always on the lookout for new fruit trees to plant in my garden. Here's how to grow tamarillos.

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  Mark Valencia — Sound wonderful! ...
  Claire — Love them. Scoop them out on to vanilla ice cream...
  Mark Valencia — Hi Shiffi and thanks for your question. Yes, tamarillos are indeed self-fertile so you can get by with just the one plant. Thank you!...

Raspberries Home Grown

Notice the checkout staff reducing? The supermarkets are about making huge profits and it helps the bottom line to reduce their staff to bare minimum – they know you'll wait, where else will you go? Your backyard...

Lettuce Mix Washed

A world without lettuce would be a world without caesar, Greek, French, or Italian salads for a start...

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  Mark Valencia — Thank you Jennifer for commenting! I had heard feeding lots of lettuce to chickens can make their poops running but I didn't know it could happen to humans LOL, I hope you have recovered Yes, lettuce will only get hit by lots of bugs if the plants are not giving enough care. If lettuce gets steady ......
  Jennifer — Never underestimate the power of lettuce. It is a powerful laxative, and is chock full of nutrients. I made the mistake of drinking 3 cup's worth of a bitter-tasting lettuce smoothie to help clear my guts last week. Let's just say my guts were well and truly cleared that night and the following day.......
  Mark — A world without lettuce means sandwich takeaway shops would need to use something else inexpensive to fill up that roll in an attempt to make it look big and good value......

Rotary Hoe Job Lage Area

This article is a review post/info on tillers also known as cultivators or rotary hoes. I detail what to look for if considering buying one, do you need a tiller, and my experience with the tiller I've got.  

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  Dave — Hi Mark, Did your machine come with an owners manual or anything? I've got a machine that's virtually identical except for the colour. Just wondering what sort of maintenance is recommended, oil grade for the engine, and I imagine the transmission& differential should be replaced at some point t......
  Mark Valencia — Hi Peter, I assume you've tried for parts from where you first purchased your tiller? Otherwise, I don't really know where your can buy parts from perhaps try any local mower place as the motor on your tiller is pretty common and should be able to be fixed... Sorry, I don't give out my number publ......
  Peter Clark — I have a Vanguard tiller with a 6.5Briggs and Stratton petrol motor. The forward and reverse cables have seized and I am unable to access parts. Can you please inform me as to where I could buy spares? I live near Maitland NSW so would prefer a local dealer. In reply could you provide your phone num......

Yellow Beefsteak

This tomato review on the Yellow Beefsteak– yella on the outside and yella on the inside.

Apple Tree Bird Netting

In this article we'll explore: actions we can take to protect our crops (besides netting) and are they effective; types of netting methods; and 10 things to consider when using netting. For most of us it's our local native wildlife stealing our bounty.

Black Russian Tomato on Vine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Black Russian tomato review seee how we rate it.

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  Mark Valencia — Great stuff Steve! Thanks for commenting ...
  steve thomas — my first time growing one of these plants . its jumped out of the ground down here on nsw south coast . cant wait to eat these beautiful looking tomatoes...
  Mark Valencia — Hi Theresa, thanks for commenting on our post! Just for the record, we monitor all our posts and "try" to keep them as current as possible so it doesn't matter when it was written we still like to hear feedback It's the stories like yours I love hearing - the connection to family through food garde......

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