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Suggestions/Questions / Re: Killing weeds in paving.
« on: February 29, 2016, 14:47:01 PM »
Hi Aletta :)

The one I use is:

3 cups white vinegar
1/4 cup salt
1 tablespoon dish washing liquid

Use spray bottle and drench weeds.

I use a 2 litre vinegar bottle and it only covers about 35m2.

Suggestions/Questions / Killing weeds in paving.
« on: February 23, 2016, 12:08:21 PM »
Many people suggest spraying brick paving weeds with a combination of salt, vinegar and dish washing liquid.
Immediately their leaves turn brown and within a week they appear dead. However, within a few weeks they are back again.
Is there any way of preventing their re-emergence without constantly having to be spraying? In my case I have a large paved area right around my house and this method is not at all practical.

Home Gardens / What wall creeper can I plant?
« on: June 18, 2015, 11:51:27 AM »
I have a high boundary wall which I would like to cover with a creeper as I am tired of constantly doing repairs to the rotten plaster
and re-painting the wall which is 3.5m high. In winter it is permanently in shade. In summer a bit of sun in the mornings and evenings. The Nursery suggested Star jasmin as it grows both in shade and sun but checking its requirements on the internet
It states partial sun to full sun. What must I believe? Any other suggestions would be appreciated.

Vegetables / Re: Potato leaves flattened.
« on: November 26, 2014, 08:41:02 AM »
Once again I tried growing potatoes, two, covered in sulphur prior to planting.
As the foliage grew higher I raised the ground level as recommended in a previous post.
The plants were standing proud, about 600mm high, very green, no sign of insects or disease,
but that was yesterday. Today it's like something has laid on then, the stalks are all flattened.
Same problem as before.

Vegetables / Re: Potato leaves flattened.
« on: July 05, 2014, 12:14:06 PM »
Thanks for some interesting information. I obviously did most things wrong.

Vegetables / Potato leaves flattened.
« on: July 03, 2014, 10:39:38 AM »
This is the second time I have tried growing potatoes.
They grow up quickly, leaves green. After a month or two
they suddenly lie flat on the ground as if a dog has laid
on them except they are in an enclosure and nothing can
get in to cause them to be flattened.
Can anyone throw some light on what is the cause?

Vegetables / Re: Vegetable plants die suddenly
« on: February 08, 2013, 18:34:18 PM »
I have checked the leaves at night with a torch but found nothing.

Vegetables / Re: Vegetable plants die suddenly
« on: February 05, 2013, 18:59:59 PM »
There was a lot of reading matter on this disease.
Most was too technical for me. I gather that it is a fungus
so presumably I need to spray with a fungicide.

Vegetables / Re: Vegetable plants die suddenly
« on: February 03, 2013, 16:53:05 PM »
Here is a pic. The brinjals near wall on left still OK.
One nearest camera was fine yesterday but is
wilting today. Will be dead tomorrow.

Vegetables / Re: Vegetable plants die suddenly
« on: February 03, 2013, 15:52:38 PM »
I'll take a photo when then the next plant dies.

Vegetables / Re: Vegetable plants die suddenly
« on: February 02, 2013, 11:44:04 AM »
Stems not damaged by worms.
Here in Durban we regularly get some rain in the evenings.
The tomatoes I kept water off the leaves, but not the brinjils.
I normally have a problem with rootnot nematodes, but in this
instance, no signs of this on the roots.

Vegetables / Vegetable plants die suddenly
« on: February 01, 2013, 12:05:34 PM »
I had about a dozen tomato plants. They flourished until buds formed then one by one started wilting and dying within a few days.
The same is now happening to my brinjil plants.
There has been no problems with the roots so I just do not understand
why they die so suddenly. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Vegetables / Re: Nematodes /eel worm problem
« on: July 18, 2009, 17:35:10 PM »
I planted marigolds between swiss chard. Still slight signs of nematodes on the roots, however, the swiss chard did not thrive - probably due to Durban's climate.
I planted two sweet potatoes which had shoots and left them unattended.
Months later I decided to did up the mass of foliage they were producing.
I was amazed to find masses of potatoes, unaffected by nematodes, two potatoes weighed
3kg each. Would that not be some type of record?

Suggestions/Questions / Re: How to grow mushrooms?
« on: January 01, 2009, 12:25:21 PM »
To Dries. I've tried to mail the mushroom club e-mail address you provided, but the mail keeps on
being returned, undelivered.

Suggestions/Questions / Re: How to grow mushrooms?
« on: November 30, 2008, 16:03:40 PM »
I am told that the 4kg pack of spawn only lasts a few weeks once opened.
This means that one cannot experiment with small quantities.
So, I have to use the full 4kg. Can someone tell me how much straw I then need?
I fear the volume will be too much to boil in a pot on the stove.

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