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Posted: 09/09/2012 at 12:52

It looks on its last legs.  I would be inclined to replace it.  Why not beg a cutting from a neighbour with a good-coloured bush next Spring?

As to pruning; it is best practice to cut out one-third of the branches after they have flowered each year, then you will have a sucession of healthy new growth each season.

Soil disposal

Posted: 09/09/2012 at 12:44

You can put it in old compost bags - ensure you exclude the light - then leave them in an out-of-the-way corner and forget about them for about a year.  Or if the volume is large, cover a pile with black plastic and leave for a good length of time.

You will then have some weed-free soil to use in the garden.  Never throw away soil, if you can help it.

Try not to put it in the compost heap or any roots of perennial weeds will shoot next year and seeds will germinate.


Posted: 09/09/2012 at 00:17

Yes! It will grow into a tree.

Fig Tree

Posted: 07/09/2012 at 18:32

Plumstone, I think you inadvertantly gave incorrect advice in your post.  The figs that will develop and ripen spend the winter as embryo figs no bigger than a tiny pea in the leaf axils at the top of the branches.  If you rub them out as you advise you will not get any figs the next year.

The figs that should be removed from the tree in autumn are those that develop in the spring/early summer, which have not had time to grow to maturity in this country, outdoors, where they are really on the edge of their range.  They will have the typical fig shape but they are small.

Can anyone recommend a good make of greenhouse pls?

Posted: 07/09/2012 at 01:15

We bought a second-hand Alton similar to the one in the photo for £40 after seeing it advertised and we have now moved and re-erected it three times in the last 12 years, so it was a real bargain.

Fig Tree

Posted: 06/09/2012 at 19:32

My fig was in wet West Wales, a Brown Turkey, on an exposed west wall, in the ground, at over 600ft and never protected with fleece.  We will agree to differ!

Big Green Caterpillar

Posted: 06/09/2012 at 16:51

IME they don't eat the leaves, but they feast on the tomatoes!

Sweet corn

Posted: 06/09/2012 at 16:49

Pick one if you are unsure.  Rush it to the microwave, cook for 4 minutes after taking some of the leaves off, but not all.  Strip off the remaining leaves and silk, slather with butter and salt and try!

Fig Tree

Posted: 06/09/2012 at 16:46

Protection with fleece unnecessesary, figs are tough as old boots.  Unless the site is very cold, and a west-facing position should not be.

Very overgrown blackberry

Posted: 05/09/2012 at 18:24

You do not say if it is a cultivated blackberry or a wild one.

If you want fruit next year only cut to the ground this years fruiting branches when they have finished fruiting.

If you cut out the non-fruiting shoots you will not get any fruit next year, though you can cut them back a little if they are too long. If you want to propogate new plants pin the end of this year's shoots to the soil and they will root. Then you can sever them from the parent plant.

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