GARDENING: Brian Kidd solves your plant problems
Our horticultural hotshot delves into his inbox and postbag.Â
Q: I bought fiveÂ strawberry plants which are growing well but have not fruited. I have put the tips of the runners into three-inch pots in JI compost and they have three/fourÂ leaves. Will theseÂ fruitÂ next year? TR,Â Waterlooville.
A: They will fruitÂ in June next year providedÂ the pots are full of roots by the end of OctoberÂ which is when you should plant them in well-prepared soil. Work in an egg cup of blood fish and bone fertiliser under each plant when planting.
Q: My mum has gone into a flat and is not allowed herÂ dog which we have inherited. But itÂ urinatesÂ on the lawn and we have brown patches. D and T, Eastney.
A: Keep half a bucket of water near the lawn. As soon as the dog has '˜been',Â pour twoÂ pintsÂ on the affected area. The grass will grow back where it is brown.Â
Q: I planted some Duncan F1 cabbages from seedÂ as you recommended and am wondering if the spare ones could be planted in containers which are 30inÂ across? GS, Rowlands Castle.
A: Yes, plant threeÂ around the edge, equal distance apart. You may be surprised at howÂ attractive they are when they produce a heart.
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