The 10 Facebook questions of the week

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Every week our social media team reaches a few hundred questions about our favorite hobby: the garden. Most of them are quite easy to answer for the editorial team of MEIN, but some also require some research effort to be able to provide the right answer. At the beginning of each new week we put together for you our ten Facebook questions of the past week. The themes are mixed - from the lawn over the vegetable patch to the balcony box.

The top questions of the calendar week 27

1. How do you know if a kiwi is male or female?

This can be seen on the flower. Male kiwis have only stamens, while females additionally have an ovary.

2. We want to transplant our palm leaves. When is the best time and what should we look for?

The best time to transplant is the spring, but even in summer, the Palmlilie can still put on a new place. The important thing is that she has enough time to grow up to winter. When digging, make sure that you really get all the roots, otherwise new palm trees will develop in the old place.

Palmlilie in the bed

The best time to transplant a palm (Yucca) is the spring

3. Does Miscanthus japonicum 'Giganteus' belly a root barrier?

No - this Miscanthus species does not require a rhizome barrier. Although it becomes more and more expansive over time, the rhizomes are not far-reaching.

4. What could one take as an autumn planting between strawberries?

Good mixed culture partners for strawberries include borage, bush bean, garlic, lettuce, leeks, radishes, chives, spinach or onions.

Pruning strawberries

To overwinter strawberries, they should be cut back after harvesting

5. Should I cut back my strawberry plants or just leave it?

For hibernation of strawberries, pruning is recommended about two to three weeks after harvest. Here are wilted and discolored plant parts removed, which rob the plant unnecessarily power. In addition, all long shoots that should not be used for propagation are removed at the base.

6. I have created a large flowerbed this year, with the aim of always having enough cut plants for the vase. Currently this works very well. Which cut flowers can I plant, so that I have as long as possible into the autumn, or as early as possible in spring again in the vase?

Seeds for cut flowers can also be sowed with a time delay in the season, so that you can cut flowers for the vase until late in the fall. Common cut flowers are marigolds, barnacles, snapdragons, cornflowers, sunflowers, zinnias, gypsophila and coneflower. Garden centers offer a pretty good selection of seeds. In the spring, sowing usually only works from March / April, because otherwise it is just too cool and the seed does not germinate.

Buds of figs

Fig trees are prized for their sweet, edible, green or purple fruits

7. When does the proliferation of figs with cuttings work best?

In winter, figs can be well propagated from plywood. For this you cut 20 centimeters long branch pieces and rooted them in sandy soil. If you like, you can also sow figs: Dry the mini seeds on a paper towel and sow in a pot with Aussaterde. Cover thinly with soil and water gently. While wild figs rely on certain wasps to pollinate their forefeet, today's varieties develop fruitless from the second year of life.

8. Is there a proven remedy against greed and thistles?

In the garden, Giersch is one of the most persistent weeds. Already in the spring one should push with the expulsion of the first leaves ever so small Gierschkolonien consistently to body. If the plants are cut off several times a year with the hoe at ground level, they are gradually weakened and the carpet becomes noticeably more greasy. This method is tedious and cumbersome, because even after more than a year, the Giersch still has enough power to exorcise in places. The same applies to thistles.

blooming greed

Wherever he has shade and space, Giersch continues to spread out with root foothills. Only a cover of the surface stops it permanently

9. Regarding weeds, the large areas of the pavement cause problems for me. What's your favorite tips?

A scraper or the use of a flame or infrared device helps to prevent weeds in the pavement. The application is non-toxic, but gas consumption and risk of fire reduce the attractiveness. Treat the leaves only until they turn dark green.You do not need to "char" them. Since the woody parts of the weeds are hardly damaged, the use should be done in the early stage of the plant. It takes two to four treatments a year.

10. Why must the infestation be reported with fire blight?

Fire blight spreads epidemic-like and must therefore be reported as soon as possible to the authority in order to avoid major damage. Otherwise, large-scale woody plants must be cleared so that the dangerous bacterium does not spread further.

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