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whats difference between polytunnel & fruit cage ?

Posted: 10/07/2015 at 00:19
More nestlings killed by magpies than an army of cats.

Garlic problem

Posted: 09/07/2015 at 18:58
You can eat the flower shoot/scape.

Fig drop

Posted: 09/07/2015 at 18:53
You should remove every fig that isn't going to make it (that is ripen) in the Autumn.

The tree will only waste energy trying to grow them in the Spring. The only figs that should remain through the Winter to mature the next year are the tiny figs in the leaf axils at the tops of the shoots.

By mid-summers day you should have pinched out all the green shoots at perhaps three/five leaves. Next year's figs will form at the top of the shoot in the leaf axils.

Fig trees need quite a lot of specialist care, so ask someone who can help you to show you. It is quite difficult to tell what needs to be done for optimum crops and shapely trees.


Posted: 08/07/2015 at 15:32
IME multi tools do none of the jobs to a high standard. Is there really not a powerful hedge trimmer?

If you are an OAP, perhaps you should get a young fit person in to do the work.

whats difference between polytunnel & fruit cage ?

Posted: 08/07/2015 at 01:04
I live in a rural area where blue water pipe is very readily available at agricultural and builders merchants. Bought in a roll, cut to your desired lengths, stuck in the ground. Bamboos tied down the centre to stabilise the structure. I'm sure you can look at a similar system on YouTube.

whats difference between polytunnel & fruit cage ?

Posted: 07/07/2015 at 01:33
We have made a fruit cage with blue water pipe hoops and debris netting. Very effective and reasonably cheap. We put on the debris netting after the fruit is fertilized but before the birds eat it.

A polytunnel is something quite different. It is a permanent structure. A frame covered with poythene or similar in which you grow various crops.

Something strange with my courgette flowers

Posted: 06/07/2015 at 00:53
So long as the reproductive parts are there I would not worry about the petal colour.

Well the girls are better

Posted: 05/07/2015 at 12:48
No they're not. They came third!

My sweetcorn has tastles already but they're short.

Posted: 04/07/2015 at 13:35
You can catch earwigs in straw-filled up-turned plastic cups on the top of canes.

The first sign that the cobs are ripening is when the tassels turn brown and greatly diminish in size, until there is only a little tuft at the top of the cob.

The cobs are ready to harvest when you pull back the top of the outside leaves and the seeds inside are yellow and filled with white liquid. Not watery liquid and not starchy stuff. If you're not sure get someone who is to show you.

Only remove what you want to eat or freeze at one time as the sweetness turns to starch as soon as you pick a cob.

My sweetcorn has tastles already but they're short.

Posted: 04/07/2015 at 00:17
They may be a short variety. It will tell you the height on the packet or did you buy the plants?

When they flower remember to shake the plants gently so the pollen falls on the tassels.

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