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Ed Hume cannot answer all of the garden questions he receives, but questions of general interest will be answered here every month.  Email your questions to HumeSeeds@aol.com.  Please note: we do not accept attachments.

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Other November Links

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Pruning Lavendar

When can I start pruning back Lavendar?

You can start now (Nov.). Remember to stay within the green/gray leaves, as it is one plant that is a little fussy about pruning.

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Reseeding Flowers

I planted some marigolds and snapdragons this summer. I saw on your site that these might reseed themselves next spring. I would love for them to do that. What do I do with them now (November)? Do I just leave them in the ground, and is there anything special I should do for them?

You can pull up the dead marigolds, but leave the snapdragons. The marigolds often reseed, if a few of the spent flowers are left to go to seed (In fact, you may see the seeds on the ground.). On the other hand the snapdragons are half hardy and they may come back from the original plants, so do not pull them out.

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Fall Flowering Rhododendrons

This year for the first time in years, we had no blooms on the Rhododendrons(bloom usually in may and June) at the regular time, but now (November) they are beginning to bloom(most unusual).

We had a cold spring and summer, and both seasons with more rain than ever before(and continuous). Now when we expected a dormant stage with no blooms, they are blossoming.

Should we leave them as is, or should we prune the flowers? We are confused.

Don't worry about it, they are blooming in many gardens. It was the season! There should be enough flowers that did not bloom this fall, so that you should have some blossoms in the spring too! If it gets exceptionally cold this winter, you should cover these plants with some type of cloth material, during the cold period only, removing the cover as soon as the weather moderates after the cold spell. Burlap, old blankets or moving blankets work good for this covering.

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Eating Flowering Kale?

Are there any varieties of flowering kale that are edible?

Yes, the ones we sell are edible. The only thing you should watch out for, is that those that you buy at the store are often sprayed in the greenhouse or fields to help control aphid. So I do not recommend eating them. But, if you grow them yourself and don't spray them it should be fine.

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