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Why are my tomatoes cracking and what can I do?

(Memphis, TN. Zone 7) First garden. I'm growing tomatoes in two parts of the yard. One gets more sun than the other: the partially-shaded area is producing well, but in the the sun-baked area they're ...
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How can I stop an urban fox from using my garden as its toilet?

I live in the UK, in an urban terraced street where all of the back gardens are next to each other with fairly low walls. Recently what I believe to be an urban fox has started using our lawn as its ...
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What might be eating my butter bibb lettuce plants?

I live in southwest MN and have started growing some vegetables in containers. We had a big storm, so I put the pots on the ground beside my porch because they always get blown over. Today, I noticed ...
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Small brown scales on my lemon tree [duplicate]

My small lemon tree has been showing these scabs for a while. They are brown, mm sized, and fall off very easily just touching them with a finger or a nail. Examining the soil with a lens I also noted ...
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How do I prevent raccoons from eating my corn?

This harvest I was not able to pick a single corn cob. Some large animal(s), I suspect raccoons, got to them before they were ripe (I would find peeled and gnawed corn littering the lawn and the corn ...
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Is a zucchini that had a maggot under the flower still safe to eat?

My zucchini plant had vine borer. I did surgery on the plant to get rid of it and covered it back with soil. Before I did all of that, I cut off a zucchini that was ready to be picked. I took off ...
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Any plants that work as a racoon repellent? [duplicate]

I saw 4 raccoons in my vegetable garden, doing what they do best with people's gardens. Please let me know if I could plant anything in or around at the borders to my vegetable garden that would ...
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What are some deer resistant edible plants?

I was browsing a gardening store online, and I came across a berry that it advertised as 'deer resistant' (the purple beautyberry). This made me laugh (gladly; not mockingly), because nothing seems to ...
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My potting soil is being overrun by soil insects. How do I get rid of them? [duplicate]

I am having a hard time getting rid of insects in my potting soil. My plants are droopy. I have applied a good amount of diatomaceous earth to all of them, even to the roots, but these insects don't ...
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What vegetable/fruits plants will rabbits not eat?

I have an area for a few raised beds were it would be impractical to secure against rabbits. What can I plant there that they won't be interested in? I'm assuming they won't eat any berry types, but ...
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How do I deter a pesky groundhog from eating my vegetables?

I woke to see my zucchini, yellow squash and sunflower leaves "gone". Are there any proven suggestions on how to keep groundhogs away? I do have a 3 ft chicken wire fence around my garden area. I ...
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How do I keep mosquitos out of my fountain?

I found lots of mosquito larvae in my fountain. How can I get rid of them? A local store has the doughnut thingies but they are expensive. I'd prefer a homemade solution if possible. I tried ...
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How can I keep ants off of my hummingbird feeder?

I have a hummingbird feeder hanging from the side of my carport, and I noticed today that ants had discovered it. Since it's right next to my house, I don't really want the ants learning that there's ...
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Is this flea beetle damage on this hollyhock?

Here's a picture of a hollyhock. It's been covered with holes like this all year (and the ones last year were, too, all year). As a side note, I gave it potassium for the yellowing of the leaves, ...
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When do whiteflies typically emerge?

When do whiteflies typically emerge in southwestern Idaho? (How far into the season, I mean.) I don't know if they're gone or if they just haven't hatched, yet. There's no sign of them, yet. They ...
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Pest Identification/Control

I'm not sure what pest this is, but it is eating the roots of my pomegranate shrub. I saw it once on the top soil, and digging the soil, around 15 pieces of this pest was unearthed. I need to know ...
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What is happening to my chili plants?

Okay, so I had some green aphids and killed them with an acetamiprid based insecticide. Everything after that seemed fine until recently. Some whiteflies started showing and I treated those with a ...
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Should I put wood mulch around my wooden fence?

I have a wooden fence that is 20 feet away from my house. Right next to this fence, I have planted various types of berries. I would like to mulch these berries with wood chip mulch because it is ...
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Foamy liquid on plant's stems with green larvae or bug inside - pest or no problem

Every year in May/June I'm observing on different plants, such as strawberries, lavender (pictured below) and different weeds, a foamy liquid containing a green insect or a larvae. At first I thought ...
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Corkscrew Willow Bark Peeling and Bugs

We have a Corkscrew Willow tree which currently has bark peeling off. We took the rest of the bark off to allow the tree to dry (to prevent moisture in the tree). I was wondering if we need to spray ...
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What kind of caterpillar is this?

About 2 cm (when I found them). They are olive green. They have a black head, and black dots on the side, around the spiracles. They are not hairy. If I counted right, they have three pairs of prolegs ...
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How to rid my grape vines of Grapeleaf Skeletonizer

I have some Johnston seedless grape vines and I am starting to notice caterpillars that I believe are Grapeleaf Skeletonizer. Can someone suggest an organic means of ridding them from my vines? I ...
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Are these insect eggs from Rosy Apple Aphids?

It's that time of spring when all the bugs start coming out and the battle begins to protect my apple trees. I sprayed with a dormant spray earlier in the year but it looks like something is laughing ...
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Something destroying my flower garden and potted plants

All of my flowers, including my potted ones, are being dug into at the roots but the flowers are not being eaten. What do I do?
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Small black/gray bugs proliferating in vegetable garden

I have previously noticed (on a sunny day, when my plants were all still small) a lot of tiny black/gray (maybe even /brown) bugs crawling around on the woodchips in my garden with a seeming flea-like ...
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Ants, birds or another insect eating the fruit?

I discovered the nectarine below with some small black ants eating the raw flesh. I'm trying to work out if the ants ate through the skin and are the sole cause or if this was started by a bird or a ...
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Identify plant and things on it (Possible Scale)

I've looked at other questions and I'm quite sure the plant outside my house has a scale problem. But I don't know much about gardening so I'd like some advice please. I found these other questions ...
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White map-like tomato leaves (hydroponic) manifesting

I am growing cherry tomato using kratky hydroponic method and ive seen these map-like lines manifesting on a number of leaves. I had to remove the infected leaves to control the infection if you will. ...
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What are these insects called and how do I get rid of them?

I have a lemon tree cutting put in a paper cup wrapped in a plastic bag to contain the moisture. Everything looks good but when I lifted the cup, I saw these creepy insects. The climate in my area is ...
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What is eating my basil?

I have had a terrible time with my basil. I do not see any bugs or slugs. Nothing on the undersides of the leaves BUT there are obvious holes from the center of the leaves as well as bites taken out ...
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Identify ant-like pests under rock

I turned up a rock just outside my house in the garden and found these ant-like creatures. Are these termites or ghost ants or what? And see the video
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What are the tiny white bugs on my spinach and how should I treat them?

They don't look like the images of aphids I see when I search Google. They don't move much and are about the size of a strawberry seed or sesame seed. What are they, what's a good treatment for them, ...
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Rue with white dots and some 3mm white bugs

I have a Rue plant in my terrace, and for many weeks it has had some sort of plague made of white dots and some slightly bigger bugs, oval shape, no more than 3mm long. I've been using an organic ...
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Is this a desease or pest on my pepper-seedlings?

Today I noticed on my pepper seedlings that some of the leaves have on their bottom-side close to the steam some light-green-dots. To my uneducated eyes this looks like something is hatching inside ...
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Are Seibel 13053(aka Cascade) grapevines phylloxera-resistant?

Last summer I got three near-death Seibel 13053 grapevines for free. I managed to keep them alive and they are now pretty healthy looking. I only know they are supposed to be virus-free and ...
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Keeping goats from eating my plants

I have a couple of goats I like to let run around my yard, problem is I have a few flowering plants out there too. The goats seem to target these heavily, I was wondering if there was some way to keep ...
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What is a good way to get rid of fire ants in Florida? [duplicate]

I unfortunately have huge 3 feet across and larger of fire ant nests in the yard. I have tried Ortho Orthene and Spectracide but they aren't getting all the ants. They just pack up and move over ...
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Planting to deter cats

I am doing a bit of work around our garden, part of which will involve surfacing a largeish area with bark mulch. There are a lot of cats around our area, and they are already frequently in our ...
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What to do about grubs in vegetable garden and potted tree?

This Spring there seem to be grubs all over my garden, in just about any handful of dirt you flip over. There are lots of articles about how to handle grubs in your lawn, but I don't have a lawn, just ...
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How can I find out what's eating my chilli plants?

I'm in Sydney, Australia. I live in an apartment 3 stories off the ground floor. My chilli plants are in pots on my balcony. Recently (last 2 weeks) I have noticed that something is eating the ...
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Are my Salvia flowers dying?

I just dead headed all my salvias about a week ago and they aren't looking so good. Also, it's been raining like crazy the past week.. maybe this has something to do with it? The leaves are turning ...
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Are these maggots and are they okay in the soil around the roots of a fruit tree?

Just dug these up from around the roots of a stone fruit tree. Are they maggots? Are they good or bad for the soil around the roots of the tree? Do they harm the tree in any way? If yes to the ...
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How Do I Get Rid Of Moles [duplicate]

How can I prevent, get rid of moles in my yard? I have tried traps and the glandular poison. Moles come back every spring.
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How can I remove moles from my lawn?

The pest control professional told me that there may be moles in my yard. Some parts of the lawn were torn up, especially in small areas where the lawn did not grow well and was bare. They told me ...
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How do you get rid of root flies organically?

Now that it is warming up in Sydney, I have noticed some tiny flies in the soil of my pots. I think they are root flies. They seem attracted to the pots containing rhizomes the most[1][2]. These pots ...
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What is this small green bug with long legs and antennae, in New Zealand?

I have found an insect sitting on one of my plants, in Auckland, New Zealand. It is sitting on a broad bean leaf about 6 cm wide Is this a friend or foe?
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What are my options for securing my fenced back yard against rabbits?

I want to plant a vegetable garden in my backyard, but there are a ton of rabbits in the neighborhood. Instead of enclosing my entire raised bed(s), it seems like it could be simpler to just make the ...
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What is this disease on my lime plant? [duplicate]

What is this disease on my lime plant? And how to fix it?
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Are cockroaches pests in the compost heap?

I dug up my compost pile last weekend. it is made of aerated concrete blocks, just layed in a square, no cement. located on the rooftop of our 4 stories building, located in Hong Kong. Beside the ...
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What is this pest on my hydroponic basil and how can I remove it?

Here are some snapshots of hydroponic basil growing in Thailand. Within a week I've had some pest, it looks like some tiny dark-red arachnids, spinning web on young leaves and crawling mostly on the ...