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Baby figs

Posted: 16/09/2014 at 12:14

Thanks all. It seems such a shame to have to trash the crop but I do recall they all drop off over the winter anyway. Mine is a Brown Turkey but does anybody know which variety produces the small fruit suitable for poaching ?

Baby figs

Posted: 15/09/2014 at 20:18

Not 100% on topic but please stay with me. I recently had a dessert in my local fast pizza chain. Baby figs with Marsala and Mascarpone cheese. Absolutely divine. My fig tree is covered in small fruits about an inch in diameter and there is no way they will ripen now. If I soak them, poach even, in Marsala, are they likely to be edible ?

Many thanks in advance.



Posted: 01/05/2014 at 20:22

My advice would be not to plant them out too early. I put 5 really healthy plants out last year on May 1st after a week of hardening off and they just stopped in their tracks. One got completely demolished by slugs so I sowed up some more which caught up within a month. I'l leave it until June 1st this time.

Greenhouse glazing

Posted: 27/04/2014 at 23:20

Thanks Lyn. I have managed to retain most of the clips and the little hangers. So you just have glass against metal then do you ? I only plan to use it for summer crops so the draught is not really a problem. If that works for you then I'll give it a go.

Greenhouse glazing

Posted: 27/04/2014 at 20:18

So did I nutcutlet ! I'm on my third greenhouse now in 44 years and they have all had the rubber strip. This frame has no lip to set the rubber on. KEF. Would you not put some form of cushion between the glass and frame before clipping ?

Greenhouse glazing

Posted: 27/04/2014 at 19:56

Dear all. I have just inherited my mother in laws greenhouse. It is about 25 years old and I have to taken it down ready to transport home. My problem is that all of the glass was sealed with something which appears a cross between blue tack and putty. It is still softish so comes off easily enough. Unfortunately the aluminium frame is such that it won't take rubber strip and have trawled the net today for a solution. An idea I have seen is to use silicon sealant but surely this will be fairly permanent and would make it difficult to replace any breakages.



Any help will be gratefully accepted.

Brussell Sprouts

Posted: 19/04/2014 at 23:50

I have had exactly the same problem. A batch of about a dozen took off in a seed tray in my unheated greenhouse. I potted them on about a month ago and the whole lot  collapsed within a week. Very disappointing.

Suitable pots

Posted: 09/04/2014 at 22:09

Dear all. I was thinking of re-using these rose pots for chillies in the greenhouse. Do you think they are big enough for a single plant ?

Many thanks in anticipation.



The best multi purpose compost this year

Posted: 19/03/2014 at 19:54

After a total disaster last year with bags bought from my local farm shop I'm trying some from this supplier.

A colleague at work always uses them and we have shared a delivery. Not cheap but hopefully the yield will be worth it. 

Geranium Lord Bute

Posted: 11/03/2014 at 02:56

Here he is, overwintered in our cool conservatory, but what do I do now ? I'm guessing I cut off all the green shoots and pot up individually with a bit of rooting compound but not sure whether to do it now or leave it for a while. Many thanks in advance.




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