IT'S THE WEEKEND: Your gardening questions answered
12:02pm Sunday 13th October 2013 in News
Q: Hydrangeas: do you prune them down to the ground or just cut their heads off?
A: Most Hydrangeas (mop heads and lace caps) won`t flower next year if you prune them. If they are old plants thin them out by taking the oldest stems out. You can take the spent flower heads out at any time.
Q: My potatoes are turning to mush after a few weeks in the ground. Is this potato blight?
A: This sounds like the potatoes you planted were already diseased before planting. Make sure you use certified stock and expose them to sunlight for a week before planting. use a different part of the garden next year.
Q: How do you care for strawberry plants over the winter?
A: Strawberries should be cut right back after fruiting. Leave them alone till next spring. Give them a high potash feed (tomato feed) when they flower.
Q: What is the secret of growing giant vegetables?
A: For some gardeners, growing massive vegetables becomes an obsession taking decades to perfect their results. They don't like sharing secrets.
Choose the right variety of seed that has been bread for size. Give them plenty of room so there is no competition for light and nutrients.
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