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How far down do I need to dig when sifting out rocks from a garden?

I'm still working on sifting through an area of my backyard in order to make a garden for next year. I'm pretty sure it used to be a gravel lot, since all the rocks are the ones found in gravel ...
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Is it okay to locate a garden on top of a septic drain field?

Is it okay to plant my garden on top of my septic drain field, or will that pose a health issue?
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Do coffee grounds in gardens deter cats?

There are several sites that suggest using coffee grounds in the garden, to keep out cats. I haven't tried it, but there are some beds on my property which could do without cats digging around and ...
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Would it be better for me to set up my garden in the fall, or wait until spring?

I recently moved into a house with a yard, and am eager to start getting a garden started. The ground here isn't really clay, but it's not really dirt that I would want to use for gardening. It's ...
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How can I remove locust eggs from the soil, and prevent future infestations?

A few days ago I saw a locust standing still in my little vegetable garden. I was really surprised of the fact that even though I went close it wouldn't jump away. After looking closer I figured that ...
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Is there a comprehensive database for gardening? [duplicate]

There are many basic questions that could easily be answered by a simple database. For example: how many hours of light (per latitude) are needed for a given plant. watering schedules time to give ...
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What is this fast growing plant and should I rip it out?

So we planted a big new garden, and I think my wife sprinkled some assorted seeds (possibly wildflower?) and now we have three huge plants growing that don't seem to either produce flowers or ...
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Why are the leaves turning yellow on these conifers?

I have two kinds of conifers in the front yard. They are in a spot with eastern exposure, but the sunlight is somewhat blocked by a big house on the south side of the yard. They get a lot of shade in ...
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Burning sticks in garden?

I live in a northern climate and won't be planting garden for 4-6 weeks. Will burning sticks in garden negatively effect soil ?
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Prevent Compacted Soil

What can I add to soil to keep it from compacting? I have several raised beds for vegetables and I don't walk on them but they still compact over time from watering.
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How do electric tillers compare with gas powered ones?

I have 6 raised beds filled with topsoil and compost, and am looking for a tiller. They total about 200 sq.ft. I see a lot of electric tillers on the market and wonder how they perform compared to gas ...
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Getting gardening stakes in stony ground

I need to get some stakes into the ground surrounding my garden, as my neighborhood has large populations of deer. However, the ground is pretty stony, so just physically forcing the stakes down into ...
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Is it safe to make a vegetable garden where there may have been lawn chemicals?

I moved into a new house (built 1979) this past fall and I would like to convert some of the grass area to a vegetable garden. I don't know how the previous owners took care of their lawn, but is ...
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Is painting a lawn/garden border a good idea?

My lawn goes up to my garden bed with a concrete border between. I looks something like this. But the plain concrete looks ... bad, just bad. I'm thinking about slapping a coat of paint on it, ...