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When can new seeds be used

Posted: 11/07/2015 at 13:41
Most seeds are at the right age when the plant casts them naturally. Some seeds germinate best when fresh; some when sown and left outside during winter frosts; some sown the next year.

Study the plant and see what it does naturally.

Plants climbing over summerhouse.

Posted: 10/07/2015 at 00:27
Your only problem will be how you remove the rose when you want to paint or treat the timber against rot.

Zepherine Drouhin is a lovely rose.

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!

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