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Denpasar, Bali.
axso
Sep 26, 2017 3:27 PM CST
A novice at age 76 I have taken up (trying to) growing some vegetables. Situated in Bali, soil is black volcanic, which seems to grow anything and everything!! Green beans after a rocky start now are advancing at 4-6 inches a day. However broccoli, lettuce and french onions are presenting problems. French onions did germinate but after 3-4 weeks have not progressed one millimetre. LETTUCE (GREEN) also did germinate but seem to be very feeble. They do progress very slowly but despite copious watering wilt very quickly at some sun exposure. Broccoli seeds have not germinated at all. Are broccoli seeds sown or planted? Thank you.
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greene
Sep 26, 2017 3:50 PM CST
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Broccoli and lettuce like cooler temperatures which I think you may not have in Bali. Even your weather in January may be too warm for broccoli and/or lettuce and they may bolt. Best to research plants that will thrive in your climate.
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ctcarol
Sep 26, 2017 3:55 PM CST
Those are cool season crops, with the exception of beans, and you probably are too warm for them. All veggies can be planted from seed, but most all except root crops are started indoors, and set out in the garden when weather is right for them. Many of the cool season crops just will not perform in tropical climates without a climate controlled green house. I'm waiting to start winter veggies until our weather get below the 80F consistently.
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ctcarol
Sep 26, 2017 4:38 PM CST
http://www.tropicalpermacultur... This site may help you
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Philipwonel
Sep 27, 2017 7:36 AM CST
Howdy : Axel 😁
Your never to young to start vege gardening ! Hurray! Thumbs up
I've direct seeded everything, every kind of vege, for the past 35 plus years.
I imagine your temps are pretty warm. With heat and direct intense sun, its natural for plants to wilt. There conserving there water. Plus, black soil is absorbing heat.
Dont water them when wilted. Sun will just about boil the water.
A couple things you could do, is : To plant where they only get morning sun. Or, put row covers, untill temps cool off, or its time for them to be pollinated. Row covers, shade plants and ground, also keep bugs out.

Now, your broccoli ! It probably is to early for you to start. Also, i belive broccoli takes up to 21 days to sprout. So dont give up yet. For that reason you may want to start some seeds on shaded patio or inside, in a good sunny, east facing window.

Your just starting out. So dont despare. Vege gardening is a learning curve. I've made many mistakes, over the years !

Remember !!!
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Were, allways hear, to help you out !😁!
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