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Sowing gladioli bulbs
I sowed gladioli bulbs in April. They are about 2ft tall with three or four leaves now. Will I get flowers this year? There's not a sign of any buds yet!
Barbara in Dublin
I also have these strange, flowerless gladioli in my garden! In fact, most of them did not come up at all this year! I have a feeling it may have to do with the cold start to the year. We have had some pretty extreme temperatures this year so it’s not surprising that some plants are confused!
I planted early main crop and late potatoes this year, but even the earlier ones I planted are still tiny and none of them have flowered. Is it due to the Easterly wind? Also, no cooking apples have grown for me yet at all!
Veronica in Cork
This year has been particularly difficult for crops. The early cold spell, wet weather and the heat has caused confusion for plants. A lot of plants are unsure of what to do in these conditions. This could be the reason the crops are so late.
My tomatoes are growing well but lots of them are green! What should I do?
Julie via Facebook
Hi Julie! I presume you are aware that tomatoes are always green before they ripen? If they are staying green for too long then maybe they are lacking nutrients! Try using a good organic tomato feed that is high in potassium. Also, seaweed fertilisers are great for tomatoes! Hopefully this helps!
My honeysuckle has developed something that looks like a fungal plant infection. A black fungal like spotting appears on the foliage and then it turns silvery and then it dies. The plant then puts out new shoots further up but it spreads to them too. How can I combat this? Two years ago I had clematis planted in the same spot and it died from what looked like the same thing.
This sounds like black spot and it is caused by a fungus on the leaves. Get rid of any infected leaves and apply lime sulphur to the plant. You can get it in any garden centre.
Picking mini cucumbers
When is a good time to pick mini cucumbers? I have one on a plant and it is full of what look like spikes. It is 6 to 7 inches long.
The easiest way to tell if they’re ready is to press them and feel how soft they are. Generally, they can be about 3-8 inches long when they finally ripen so you may just have to test!