Q: Are there any general guides for rotating vegetables in a garden? I have only one spot for a garden so I must rotate within the garden. A: Rotation is an excellent means of controlling several soil-borne diseases, as well as nematodes. However, rotation may not control some of the foliar diseases, such as early blight of tomatoes, in an area as small as a home garden. One suggestion is to divide the garden into thirds. Plant one-third in cool-season vegetables such as lettuce, radish, cabbage and broccoli. Plant one-third in warm-season vegetables such as tomatoes, peppers and beans. Plant the other third in corn. Then rotate the sections each year. The goal is to avoid planting vegetables of the same family in the same location year after year. Q: If I pick most of the small watermelons off the vines, will those that remain be larger and sweeter when they ripen? A: You may get larger melons by reducing the number on the vine but it's doubtful sweetness can be increased. The best way to get maximum sweetness is to plant a very sweet variety and not harvest until they're completely ripe. Q: My fig bush gets figs on it that never ripen. Is there anything I can do about it? A: Usually it's due to that particular variety not being adapted to the climate where it's growing. Your best bet with figs is to start the plant from a cutting taken from a local plant that bears year after after. Q: I want to plant a ligustrum hedge on one side of our yard to separate the yard from our vegetable garden.Do you think it would damage the corn, cabbage and other vegetables? A: If the hedge does not shade the vegetables it should do them no harm. Q: I want to get rid of the bamboo along the side of our house. Can you tell me how to do it? A: Cut the cane of at the ground level. When new canes appear, cut them off. It can be done with the lawn mower. Keep doing it and soon the roots will die.