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Fig Tree

Posted: 20/07/2013 at 23:54

In the autumn you need to remove every small fig that will not grow to maturity that year.  The figs that will develop the next year go into the winter in the topmost leaf axils about the size of a small pea. Really very small indeed.  Take a good look at the end of the branches when the leaves drop. 

The trouble is that fig trees have two harvests in warmer countries.  In the UK they only have one out of doors as they are really on the edge of their range.

Luckily in this country figs do not need to be pollinated, which makes home-grown figs so luscious - no seeds!

Butternut squash when to sow seeds

Posted: 20/07/2013 at 13:07

It is best to buy seeds for butternut squash.

I'm afraid you will have to bide your time until next year to sow the seeds.

Butternut squash is not the easiest to grow, as it needs a long season of good weather to mature.  If you are inexperienced, why not start off with courgettes, they are easy, sometimes too easy?  But all that family take up a lot of room so think what space you have for everything you want to grow, before you buy lots of seeds.

back yard

Posted: 20/07/2013 at 12:50

Only apply weedkiller to strongly growing leaves.  If you cut down the docks you will have to wait until they start growing again.  For now, make sure you remove all the flowering stalks.  Nettles are easy to pull up, but do not put in the compost heap if they are mature.

Leaf cutting bee help URGENT

Posted: 20/07/2013 at 12:45

Your call, I'm afraid.  Can you not tip everything out of the pot, extricate the seedlings and put the soil and grubs back in the pot?

Rhubarb. When/how to split the crowns?

Posted: 20/07/2013 at 12:42

I don't consider now is the right time to split the crown, while it is still producing stems.  Wait until the plant has died down naturally in the Autumn then you can dig it up and split it with a saw, chopper or whatever is appropriate.

If you sever the roots now to divide it you may lose it all.


Posted: 20/07/2013 at 12:33

Is it self-fertile or has it got a pollinator nearby?  Maybe you need a compatible pear tree in the garden.

Posted: 20/07/2013 at 12:31

a) What are plant lice?

b) Why could you not eat the pumpkin?

There are insects of all types and descriptions crawling all over plants and produce.  Don't worry about them.  Wash the veg before you eat them, though if you don't use pesticides they will be even better than supermarket produce which is sprayed repeatedly.

Suggestions on bulb flowers please

Posted: 19/07/2013 at 21:16

Prepared hyacinths can be planted in September for Christmas flowering.  Also Amarylis bulbs. Funnily enough I had a bulb catalogue last week, so they are about.

I can't think of any bulb that can be planted in late July to flower in September.

Talkback: Top lawn care tips

Posted: 19/07/2013 at 17:16

Unless they are new lawns, they don't need watering morning or evening.  As soon as the rain comes the lawn will quickly recover and not having to mow in this hot weather is a bonus, surely?

neighbours fence

Posted: 19/07/2013 at 13:36

Hydranga Petiolaris is lovely once it gets going, but it can be a bit slow.  It enjoys a north-facing aspect, but ours is not evergreen, is that unusual?

Gardenfanatic, perhaps I'm odd, but I wouldn't let an ivy plant get that out of control, especially if it wasn't mine.  And those ash trees seem to be too near the fence in the background.

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