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When should I first use fertilizer on new plants?

In general, when is the right time to feed new edible plants fertilizer that you've planted from seed? After they've sprouted a bit?
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What is the term for this pruning technique that causes stubby, clublike branches?

These Platanus × acerifolia trees (London Planetree) were pruned to have this short, stubby branch structure. What is this called, and how is is done?
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Should trees be staked when they are planted?

Horticultural practices do change and research can be a driving force. It wasn't too long ago that standard practice to stake a new tree was a six foot T bar and and a strand of wire. Should all ...
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How and When to prune a Montmorency Cherry Tree?

I recently acquired a Montmorency Cherry tree that is a couple of years old. I want to make sure it grows in a healthy, maintainable way, but my only experience of pruning fruit trees is with apples. ...
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When should I harvest my carrots?

I live in central Ohio, zone 6a. Last year I harvested my carrots right after Labor Day (first Monday of September) and they were pretty nice. I've been picking them as needed this year, but I'm ...
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Timeline for first organic garden in New England (Massachusetts)?

I am looking to start my first garden, and I'd like it to be organic. I have read a lot of articles which have all instructed me to start small the first year by planting easy plants like tomatoes, ...
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Should I let my basil leaves age?

Is it okay to let the basil leaves "age"? Like the leaves at the lower part of the stem. I pinch back my basil plant at the top, so the leaves at the bottom doesn't get touched and grow larger. I have ...
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How do I save lilac seeds?

I know it's possible, because that's how people come out with new hybrids, but how does one go about saving the seeds of a lilac? Specifically, I have the straight species of Syringa vulgaris, and ...
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What are the pros/cons of different mulches?

I know there will be differing opinions on this subject, from different people. I, for one, have always used bark mulch, and can attest to the fact that when used properly, it will build soil and grow ...
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How can I save seeds from strawberries?

I'm interested in knowing how to save the seeds of the common strawberry, Fragaria × ananassa. At which point in the ripening of the fruit are strawberry seeds ready to be harvested, and how are they ...
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Can I graft an orange tree to a hardier northern root stock?

I know you can graft like trees to like trees, but my question is: Can I graft an orange tree to a northern hardy root stock like a peach tree, and have it still grow and maybe produce an orange or ...
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My long stemmed rose is growing new leaves

I had a long stemmed rose in a bouquet of flowers. The head had died so I went to discard the stem, only to notice new leaves were shooting out of it in 3 different places. I left the stem in the vase ...
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How do I safely eradicate mold without hurting cactus seedlings?

Here are some of my seedlings, sown a little bit less than a month ago. As you can see, there's mold starting to form. I am using the baggie method whereby the pot with the seeds is enclosed in a ...
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How can I preserve a bouquet of flowers for two days before gifting them?

I bought a bouquet of flowers today (Saturday) but I must give them on Monday How should I preserve them? in water? in closed room without sun? in a fresh room ? at what temperature ?