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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.

Grass Seed for Allotment Paths

Posted: 04/09/2012 at 23:50

I would counsel against grass paths.

They will get muddy.

You will have to strim them.

They will get weed infested.

They will wear out if there is a lot of traffic on them.

You will be forever trying to get the edges neat.

But they look nice!

How to prune first year new blackcurrent

Posted: 04/09/2012 at 02:22

They fruit on old wood, that's why you don't get fruit on new shoots.

When you do get fruit next year cut out the branch after it has fruited or leave the fruited branches to fruit another year if it is a young bush and you need to build up its shape.  As you seem unsure, I repeat, prune after fruiting or you will cut off the potential fruit.


Posted: 04/09/2012 at 02:10

Are they native primroses or primulas?  Both are hardy in the ground; just different from each other.

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