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How do I apply spent coffee grounds as a fertilizer?

I've read that spent coffee grounds work well as a fertilizer. But the methods of application are all over the map. Some indicate using it in compost, others suggest spreading it and broken ...
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What is the maximum yield of apple tree?

I am in the plan to plant and grow some apple trees in my land in kashmir. I want to know answers for the following questions. How to plant it in proper manner? what is the method of weeding it? ...
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Why do fertilizers for the same plant type have significantly different ratios?

We have a beautiful, large citrus tree that hubby grew from a seed 25 years ago. It lives in a pot due to cold winters here, but spends as much time as possible outside - better for the tree and us. ...
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What are the disadvantages of using wood mulch as a cover?

I see more and more wood mulch along the roads, around houses, etc. At first thought it seemed a good thing to me, because it allows lots of life to grow around, while not releasing a lot of CO2 ...
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Fertilizing multi-variety fruit trees

I have a few fruit trees (apple, pears, oranges, grapes) and need to fertilize them. What is the best way to fertilize them? I am planning to use a mix of chicken manure and horse manure. Do I need ...
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Can I fertilize my plants after putting pesticide?

I have a problem with my plants; they have mealybugs, aphids and fungi. Tonight I sprayed them with agricultural pesticide, also cutting the infected branches and even exterminated some plants. I ...
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How to eliminate fertilizer odor from home?

I live in a small apartment. A couple days ago I added Jobes fertilizer to several potted plants. My home now reeks of noxious pulverized bone meal. What can I do (short of removing the plants) to ...
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What are good organic phosphorus sources for fruiting plants, other than rock phosphate or animal products?

I know the norm is to use rock phosphate or bone meal but I can't find rock phosphate in my area and it's expensive to ship because of the weight. I'm not able to use an animal product like bone or ...
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What are the best garden uses for 5 gallons of used coffee beans?

I asked a local coffee shop to save up their used coffee beans for my garden, and was wondering what the best uses for all the beans would be. In my garden I have: Apple tree 4 blueberry bushes ...
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Is there a way to make “swamp coffee” with kitchen waste?

I've heard of compost tea from John Kohler, and have an excess of swamp water at home, but can't exactly transport much of it well to the community garden, so I was wondering if I could make "bog ...
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Is there a good way to make a coffee ground water collection barrier?

I've heard that you can mold coffee grounds into any shape you want, so I was wondering how would I want to mold coffee grounds into edging for a water collection basin to keep all the water for ...
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What is the proper way to spread used coffee grounds?

I have access to about 3 5 gallon buckets per week for my 150 foot personal garden, how should I spread it on the garden? It's going to be over my sunchoke patch.
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Is peat moss nutritious enough for tomato seedlings?

I have a seed starter kit with a wicking system. The kit came with a peat moss mix and I have purchased some new peat moss pellets for starting seeds. I know that peat does not really contain any ...
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What does coffee grounds do to plants like tomatoes?

I've heard about using coffee grounds on tomato plants, and was wondering what it does to the plant.
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Why do tomatoes like egg shells?

What beneficial thing does eggshell do to tomatoes as a fertilizer? Does it heal leaf health, flowers, taking up nutrients, or something else?
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How to thicken grass

I live in Massachusetts and I'm trying to get my grass greener. My grass has many spots that are thin and light green. Also, there are some spots about the size of a basketball that are just a big ...
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Could Lawn Fertiliser kill off slug-control nematodes?

I use Nemaslug nematodes to control slugs in my garden. I don't normally bother fertilising my lawn but this year its looking a bit sorry for itself so I want to try out some slow release (6 month) ...
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Can I Spread 24-25-4 Fertilizer Before Laying Sod?

I will be laying sod in the next week and want to put down fertilizer before. Everything I've read calls for a low-high-high fertilizer mix, but the only "starter" fertilizer at my local big box is ...
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Calendar to maintain fruit trees

Is there a calendar of maintenance tasks that need to be performed on fruit trees? For example, when do I prune them, when do I fertilize them, etc. If it helps, I live in the San Francisco Bay Area ...
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Putting fruit tree branches in compost

I just started composting. In addition to putting lawn clippings, kitchen waste and dry leaves what else can I put in? Is it okay to put branches of trees (fruit, olive, etc) in the compost?
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How to save my plants after fertilizer overdose

Yesterday we accidentally put too much fertilizer into our pots. Today the leaves start to turn brown. Is there any way to save them? Some details: We have two pots - one with basil, one with ...
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What type of fertilizer should be used on garlic?

This is my third year growing garlic and in the past I've sprayed my plants with a liquid fish and seaweed fertilizer throughout the season. I had also applied a small amount of composted manure in ...
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Is there a difference between pot ash, and wood ash?

I was doing some research into potash, and it appeared that they had a fire all winter long, and made a lot of potash to spread in the summer. They called it pot ash, is there a difference between the ...
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Does turmeric like potash?

I'm making some potash for my garlic plants, and have a lot left over, so I was wondering if it would be a good idea to share the potash wealth with my turmeric. Any ideas?
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What do nurseries feed their potted trees to make them so healthy?

The potted trees in nurseries always look perfectly healthy. What do nurseries generally give their trees to keep them that way? Let's narrow down the question and focus on plum trees as an example as ...
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Output of Septic tank as fertiliser

I have a septic tank with multiple chambers, the output of which is then pushed into a field (by design). As I'm new to living rurally, I asked a whole bunch of questions to the people who came to ...
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Why does my grass have bright green patches?

My yard is about 6 years old (new house). When we put the yard in, the seed was equal parts Fescue, Rye, and Kentucky Bluegrass. We live in NE Ohio. About 2-3 years ago, we started getting these ...
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Should I use aluminum sulfate (sulphate) to acidify my soil?

It is often recommended online or by nurseries to apply aluminum sulfate to plants like blueberries, rhododendrons, azaleas and to hydrangeas to make the flowers blue. Is this advice I should follow? ...
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What fertilizer should I use on agave and cactus?

I live in Canada and have several cacti and large agave plants. It's soon going to be time to bring them outside as the weather starts to warm up. They are potted in a mix of coconut fiber, sand, fast ...
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Recommendations for Composting Bin

I want to start composting my yard and kitchen waste and use the compost to fertilize vegetables in my raised bed and some fruit trees I have. Right now I am not doing composting. My options are do ...
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Life of steer manure

I bought some steer manure from Home Depot last year. It came in bags. I was not able to use it last year and the bags are unopened so am wondering if I can use it this year. I stored it outdoors and ...
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What's the best way to take care of my potted orchid?

I have a phalaenopsis orchid at home. I have not done much to it in terms of taking care other than watering it. The base looks healthy but the top stem has dried up. What care do I need to take to ...
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How can I prevent yellow and dead grass?

Every year I spread grass seed in the yard. However a part of the lawn still became yellow and even died. A few weeks ago I put on Scott Turf Builder Southern Gold Grass Seed. It still died. I am ...
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What do the numbers in the names of indoor liquid fertilizers mean?

I went to pick up some liquid fertilizer for the plant I keep at work and I saw several varieties : Liquid Growth Indoor Plant 4-12-9 Food; All Purpose Liquid Concentrate Plant Food 12-4-8 with ...
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What lawn care steps should I take?

I'm a new home owner and I have no idea how I should start to care for my lawn. Should I fertilize before seeding? Should I kill weeds first? Should I used a shade friendly seed? What about aerating ...
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How to use banana peel as a fertilizer?

I have heard several times that banana peel can be used as a fertilizer for garden plants (especially so for roses it appears) and verified it with a quick search on the Internet. As it happens, I sit ...
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Managing Cover Crops

I put some fava beans in my vegetable raised bed during the winter months to add nutrients to the soil. The seeds have sprouted and I have some healthy plants growing. Question I have is what next? ...
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How long should I wait after overseeding, before I apply pre-emergent weed preventer?

I aerated, overseeded and applied starter fertilizer last Sept 15th. Would I be safe to apply a pre-emergent such as Scotts fertilizer with Halts pre-emergent this spring, or would some of the grass ...
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Will foliar sprays affect bioavailability of nutrients in soil and vice versa?

Calcium nitrate is a nitrogen fertilizer that can also be used to give plants calcium. I've read that you shouldn't combine calcium nitrate with sulfates and certain kinds of phosphorus (I believe ...
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I have a lot of green, How can I use it as fertilizer?

In my country I don't have fertilizer products, I know that I can get Nitrogen from any green. I already knew that I can soak them in water to make liquid fertilizer, but what if I want to make slow ...
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Which plants/trees will benefit from using urine as a fertilizer?

We know that urine can do a plant good. Certain plants (like citrus trees) will absolutely do well if you add urine to their intake. But urine is very high in nitrogen and could potentially "burn" ...
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How much nitrogen per bale in a straw bale garden?

I recently read a NY Times article about straw bale gardening. It says that you should add about 2 1/2 cups of 20% N fertilizer or three pounds of blood meal and feather meal per bale. Add water, wait ...
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Is rotten fish emulsion safe for plants?

I have a many year-old supply of Charlie Carp (fish emulsion) fertilizer that has "gone off". Namely, it has a strong ammonia smell. It's "commercial strength", meaning it's very concentrated. Is it ...
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Is it beneficial to drop earthworms or red wrigglers into container plants?

Maybe it isn't worth much in smaller containers but at what size might this become beneficial? How many worms? Would I need to layer the bottom with additional food for them to eat? Would what the ...
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Is it OK to use human waste or spent cat litter for fertilizing edibles?

Is it OK to use human waste or spent cat litter directly into the soil where you grow fruits and vegetables?
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Tea leaves for fertilizers

As I drink quite some tea, I often wondered what to do with the remaining leaves. Googling around, I found that I could use them to fertilize plants. But from different sources, one even suggesting to ...
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Organic or Traditional lawn fertilizer: which is safer for areas with young children?

I have a new lawn that was started in late August in the Boston (MA) area. The installer says it's time to apply fall fertilizer. My new lawn looks pretty good: there was broad germination; there are ...
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Why is my lucky bamboo turning yellow? [duplicate]

I have a wrapping of bamboo stalks, maybe 20 or so stalks tied together. 3 or 4 stalks have died one at a time the past 2 months - they start to get yellow-greenish, then more yellow over time. The ...
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Can I mix cow & chicken manure?

Is there any disadvantage of mixing both? Will it add more value? I am planning to first dilute them in water and then apply in my veggie garden. I purchased these as bagged composted chicken and cow ...
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Different fertilizer ratios suggested for golf courses and home lawns?

I was reading this article about care for seashore paspalum turf - http://www.environmentalturf.com/images/maintenance/finalmanual.pdf. At about page 22 (of the document, not the PDF), they start ...