Last week the campaign ‘The forgotten garden season’ started, in collaboration with many parties such as Operation Steenbreek, Tuinbranche Nederland and NL Greenlabel, among others. We want to make people aware that autumn is the perfect time to work outside.
I have also worked a lot in the garden myself and it is lovely outside. For example, I have a large gravel path that I weeded completely by hand, so picking and hoeing. It’s a lot of work, but I don’t have to use pesticides. In addition, it has a relaxing effect and helps to change the mind in these special times.
This week Lou would like to know why his fig tree is not bearing fruit, but is growing fast. Fig trees like a position where the tree cannot root easily, for example because it is partially enclosed by paving. Fig trees will yield better fruit if they go into survival mode and get the feeling that they have to provide offspring. They also don’t like wet feet and fertilization. Incorrect pruning can also result in no fruit. They are beautiful trees, but it is an art to produce really edible figs, so good luck!
Repot the olive tree
Peter would like to know how to move his olive tree from the ground to a pot. This is a perfect job to do in the fall. Transplanting trees and shrubs is not difficult, but you need to make sure you have a large root ball that does not fall apart when you transplant it.
Make sure you have a large pot with the right soil so that the olive can root well. Good drainage is also important so that the soil does not get too wet and the roots do not rot. Pruning the crown slightly ensures that there is a better balance between the greenery and the amount of roots and the tree will also do better. Incidentally, not every tree is suitable for transplanting, especially if they are very large.
Dick’s lawn has been completely destroyed by voles and he would like to do something about it. Coincidentally, I had such a plague last year, but I did nothing to prevent other animals from suffering the consequences of control. The problem has resolved itself for me and I think there is nothing left to do but wait.
If you are still looking for inspiration and trends in the field of gardening and you want to know what you can do for your roof terrace or balcony, you can go to the ‘Tuinen van Appeltern’ in the town of Gelderland with the same name.
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