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Location: North Carolina
Posted: Oct/06/2008 4:55 AM PST
The question(s) that i have are relatively clear to me to start. However, never feeling completely confident about where to post, and sometimes feeling obligated to do a FAQ search first; shades what might otherwise be a flowing spontaneous question about a garden issue that i have been unsuccessful at solving on my own.
So without further ado i wanted to ask once again about my FIG tree which as best as i can tell has leaf rust. But i'm not 100% certain and have a hunch that it may be that but may be something else either looking like rust but it's something else or that it has rust AND something else.
The leaves have those spots that there are pictures of on line, and overtime the leave dies from the outer edge inwards and falls off if i don't take it off first; but not as quickly as the figs fall off immature and uneatable. i manged to eat one which was okay but not as good as ones i've had right off the tree.
The tree is is in a medium sized clay pot which has moss on it, the soils is a mix of what it came in and miracle grow, it's grown 3 or 4 times the size of it when i got it at the farmers market in July. There seems to be ants in the soil, not like infested but i see them from time to time. i bottom water it; there were times this summer when water didn't touch it's leave for three weeks but it still got these rusty spots.
Update on the peach tree: It's BLOOMING!!! covered with pink flowers as if it was spring....i wonder if the shock of almost dieing twice is making her blossom?
Herbs: Does anyone know which caterpillar nosh's on parsley only? Any thoughts on allowing them to nosh?
Location: Lancaster, SC
Posted: Oct/06/2008 5:04 AM PST
I believe that one is supposed to treat a fig tree that has rust is with copper, but I don't know much more than that about it.
I believe that it is the caterpillar of the swallowtail butterfly that feeds on parsley. If you want swallowtail butterflies, you let them have it. Just plant plenty for them and yourself.
Peaches and Erb--clever!
Location: Chesapeake VA
Posted: Oct/06/2008 6:38 AM PST
Can't help with the tree questions- sorry
The Black Swallowtail caterpillar will munch on parsley- I've had 6 this year on mine. They usually don't eat so much as to defoliate the entire plants, so just let them be- there will be plenty to share
Posted: Oct/06/2008 7:00 AM PST
I like them and leave them alone, but I think I had six on one dill plant and they took it to the ground . Greedy greedy greedy!
Peaches - Did you post your fig question in "Controlling pests and diseases"? The category name is usually pretty straightforward, and you'll get more answers that way. "Over the garden fence" usually means "other topics not related to gardening!" Although since it's all the same folks in here you're likely to get some answers anyway!