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.

ripe chestnuts

To sort out worm-eaten chestnuts, you simply put them in the water

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1. I read somewhere that you should water chestnuts. Why and how do you do that?

Watering is mainly used to sort out wrecked specimens - they swim in the water above. Simply place the chestnuts in a bowl with water without wrapping. All floating chestnuts are then simply fished with a skimmer and composted. It is important that you then let the other chestnuts dry well, so they do not start to mold. By the way, they can best be conserved by freezing.

2. How is a fruit hedge cut?

It is in a fruit hedge usually not free-growing trees, but trellis trees. You can find instructions for editing this special form of education here: Cut trellis fruit.

Eggplant fruit and blossom

Eggplant must be harvested in time

3. My eggplants have turned yellow in the sun. Is that normal?

When eggplants turn yellow or brown, they are overripe. Unfortunately, they do not taste good and the pulp gets a cotton consistency. You should therefore harvest the fruit vegetables, as long as the shell is still brilliant violet.

4. My Hokkaido squash had many flowers that were also fertilized. Unfortunately, the small pumpkins do not grow any further and become lazy. What can this be?

There can be different reasons. Are the fruits possibly lying on the floor and getting too much moisture? And how do you know that the flowers were fertilized? Even unfertilized pumpkins reach a certain size, but then die. This is the most likely cause, as the weather was temporarily very cool and rainy during the flowering of the plants. This is unfavorable for pumpkins, as the flowers are fertilized by bees.

Giant feather grass 'Stipa gigantea'

Giant Feather Grass copes well with a dry, sunny spot

5. Which ornamental grass tolerates sun, dryness and calcareous soil?

For example, the blue oat grass (Helictotrichon), the blue fescue (Festuca) or the giant feather grass (Stipa gigantea) are suitable for dry, sunny locations.

6. Hello I am looking for ornamental grasses between different shrubs as privacy. What can you recommend?

Bamboo is often used as a screen. The umbrella bamboo (Fargesia), for example, offers itself as it does not spread uncontrollably over foothills. The remaining grasses unfortunately do not provide year-round privacy. They have to be cut back each year in the spring and are only high enough again in the summer for an effective privacy.

Birds eye chili

Chilli plants are best wintered in a very bright place at 10 to 15 degrees

7. Can you hibernate chili plants or do you have to sow new seeds every year?

Yes, that is fine. The pots must go into the house as soon as the temperatures drop below five to eight degrees Celsius at night. Chilies are perennial and overwinter at 10 to 15 degrees in as bright a place as possible. Before hibernation, you should cut back the plants vigorously, then pour sparingly and no longer fertilize. Check regularly for spider mites and aphids in winter quarters. At the end of February cut off the dry branches and topple the chilies. However, you should keep it as cool as possible, if you can not offer them a very bright place. From May onwards, after the ice saints, they can return to the outdoors.

8. When are Hokkaido pumpkins ripe? Have I already harvested two weeks ago - too early?

A ripe pumpkin you recognize that the stalk turns brown and that form around the point of application fine corky cracks. The knock test is also helpful in determining the degree of ripeness: if the pumpkin sounds hollow, it can be harvested.

Mulle bed with bark mulch

It does not always make sense to mulch a bed

9. I have mulched my newly created perennial flowerbed with chopped wood to protect the plants from dehydration. Does that make sense or is that more harmful?

The mulching of perennial beds separates the spirits. Basically, a cover of bark humus, chippings or wood chippings that is around three centimeters thick noticeably reduces the weed growth and thus the care required.In addition, the underlying soil does not dry out so quickly, and you have to pour less. What makes sense in the rose and flowerbed, however, can be problematic for ground covers such as golden strawberry (Waldsteinia ternata), elven flower (Epimedium) and Cambridge cranesbill (Geranium x cantabrigiense). Here a layer of mulch slows down the runners, so it takes longer for a closed plant cover to develop. In this case, it is advisable to do without mulching and to set larger quantities per square meter. Short-lived perennials such as columbine and foxglove (Digitalis) have a much harder time, as the desired self-seeding is reduced by a cover. Mulch materials such as bark or wood chaff bind much nitrogen by their decomposition and can therefore affect the plant growth. To prevent this problem, you should spread 40 to 80 grams of horn chips per square meter before mulching and work flat in the soil. If you need to re-fertilize the plants after mulching, first rake the mulch in the root area and then apply the fertilizer. Then cover the floor again.

10. Are there grasses that are not hardy?

Yes - there are also grasses, the frosty winter with us not necessarily unscathed survive. These include some species that are considered as annuals but are perennial at the natural site, such as the African Lamprey Grass (Pennisetum setaceum 'Rubrum').

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