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Carrots grown in my backyard look different

I just removed a carrot that I grew in my backyard. It is very different from the carrot you get in the supermarket. Wondering why the core is yellow instead of orange. The taste is not great either. ...
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Gardening calendar for vegetable beds

I have 3 raised beds in my backyard that I want to maximize use for. Does someone have an approximate calendar (does not have to be perfect) which outlines what activities (growing, harvesting and ...
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Is it okay to grow root vegetables in soil enriched by manure?

I have a few raised beds where I grow vegetables every year (organically). Vegetables I grow include root vegetables (carrots, beets), leafy (kale, lettuce), tomatoes, zucchini, cucumber, etc. Every ...
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How often should I loosen soil?

I was about this ask this question in a comment from a different question of mine, but I thought it deserved its own question since it may help a fellow novice gardener. How often should I loosen the ...
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How do I take over a previous owners raised beds?

My fiancee and I just bought our first home and I'd like to start my journey of vegetable gardening. The previous homeowners have 3 raised beds on the South side of the house. We haven't moved in ...
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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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What is this tall plant with narrow leaves and white flowers?

What type of plant is this? It's tall with white flowers and narrow leaves. It is a variety of vegetable .
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Do's and Don't's for a backyard compost?

We have a backyard compost bin for our vegetable garden and a few flower beds. Forgive me for being a total noob on this, but can someone offer me couple of good resources on what's ok and not ok to ...
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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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Can I get any fruit from this eggplant?

I bought this eggplant over 4 months ago but made the mistake of planting it in the back yard where it only got a few hours of full sun, and was also under netting. It's now starting to flower but we ...
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Concerned about slow growth of my seedlings

I planted a number of vegetable seeds (zucchini, cucumber, peppers, kale, etc.) indoors in 1"x1" pods. They germinated quickly and well. Once the true leaves appeared, I moved them over to a 4"x4" ...
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When is the critical period for blossom end rot in zucchinis / courgettes?

It's nearing the end of the season for zucchinis for me, and some of my zucchinis are showing signs of blossom end rot. However, other fruit on the same plant are fine. Now BER is said to be caused by ...
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Ideal mesh size for insect control

This year I installed netting that was supposed to protect my plants from insects. However, what's happening is that although I've largely excluded pieris rapae, I'm getting largely uncontrolled aphid ...
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Ground cover - maximizing value

I planted some fava beans a few months back as cover crop in my vegetable raised bed. They grew very well and as suggested my members of this group, I cut the top part and left the roots inside to ...
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Rollie pollies - are they harmful to vegetables? [duplicate]

I have a vegetable raised box where I grow various vegetables in spring and summer. I noticed quite a few Rollie pollies in the box. Wondering if they will harm my vegetable crop this year and what if ...
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Leeks, how long from flower to dry seed?

I left some leeks in the ground from last year, and they shot up to form a bulb in December. They flowered shortly afterwards at a height of about 6 feet. I expected the seeds to be ready for planting ...
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My courgette flower not blooming [duplicate]

My courgette plants are growing well and started to have flower buds. However the buds did not bloom and instead the tips turn brown and they drop off.
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Is powdery mildew spreading through my garden?

I noticed this white fungus a few weeks ago on some flowers in my garden which I ignored. But now it's appearing on my zucchini leaves. I was under the impression the fungi are plant specific, but ...
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Should I save seeds from corn suckers?

My very small patch of corn grew lots of large suckers with cobs mixed in with tassels which I thought was odd since corn is monecious. Anyway, I wonder if there's any reason I should not use these ...
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Something is eating my vegetables - what is it?

I have a raised bed where I grow vegetables (Kale, tomatoes, cucumbers, beets, carrots, melons, etc.). Something comes by at nights and eats some of the fruits and vegetables, in particular the ...
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What is the difference between male and female asparagus plants, and is it important for growing?

Yesterday I found a box of two asparagus plants among some bags of bulbs at a local store. I couldn't open it, so I don't know what they look like, but the box was about 6 inches tall and 3 inches ...
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Should I remove tomato plant leaves to Increase yield?

Many garden websites recommended that you remove 50% of the tomato plant (Cordon Variety) leaves in order to increase the yield. It's my first time growing tomatoes, and I am growing Sweet Million, ...
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Growing seeds outdoors

I live in the San Francisco / Bay Area and have a few raised vegetable beds. I have tried growing seeds outdoors (recently I sowed carrot, beet and cilantro) but have not had any luck with ...
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Right time to move vegetable plants outdoors

I have started germinating seeds indoors and they are starting to sprout. Once they have their true leaves I am planning to move them to 4" pots and still keep them indoors. I am growing different ...
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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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What are the easiest and fastest growing eatable plant you can grow in garden

The criteria I am looking for are : very cheap plant/seed grow very fast give fruits very fast (if the plant gives fruits) can replant from the plant itself (I don't want to buy seeds/plant ever ...
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Timing to move indoor vegetable seedlings to 4" pots

I have started some vegetable seeds indoors (SF/Bay Area) in small 1"x1" pods. The seeds have sprouted but not sure when is a good time to move them to 4" indoor pots before planting them in the ...
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What vegetable seeds should be planted right now?

I have a few outdoors vegetable boxes and live in the San Francisco Bay Area. To get a head start for the growing season, I would like to start by planting seeds indoors using a heating mat. What ...
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Why does my banana chili start to wilt and seem to die off when it reaches 500 mm high?

You can see the problem in the picture! I've grown chilies here for 25 years without problems.
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Do white butterfly decoys work against Pieris rapae?

I've seen various articles/posts to say that decoy artificial white butterflies, such as the one I just made, are effective in preventing attack of brassicas by the white butterfly Pieris rapae. The ...
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Are CFL and Energy Saver bulbs same and used for growing plants?

Sorry for asking a really novice question but I have searched a lot and not found a yes no answer so I am still confused with this! I want to buy CFL bulbs to grow some tomato plants. I have seen ...
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Is sunlight from my window enough to grow cherry tomato seedlings indoors?

It is my first time planting anything from seeds, and certainly my first time with cherry tomatoes. I've watched many tutorials and read many articles, so I have a fair knowledge about the subject. ...
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What are the most important environmental conditions that affect vegetable production? [closed]

What do you feel are the most important environmental conditions that affect vegetable production in a greenhouse?
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How do I prevent holes in the leaves of my vegetable garden?

Something is eating the leaves of several plants in my vegetable garden. Can you help determine what is causing this and how I can prevent it? This affects several of my vegetables: Turnips, Lettuce, ...
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All my plants have problems with the leaves and im unable to identify the exact cause of the issue [closed]

I have some vegetables and fruits in my balcony. All are in pots. Unfortunately, almost all of them start to develop issues in their leaves. Yellowing, having grey dead spots, etc. Here are some ...
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Weed control matting and veg beds

I have a couple of raised veg beds. They're currently covered over with some weed control matting, as it's winter and I'm hoping to need to do a little less weeding come spring. However I'm ...
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What are the easiest vegetables & fruits to grow in your apartment?

I would like to know what are the easiest and fastest vegetables & fruits that can be grown in a small space with limited sunlight access, like an apartment balcony. I live in the small island of ...
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Just *how* hardy are leeks, kale and brussel sprouts?

I'm wondering if these plants will last another two weeks to Thanksgiving. I live in northern Vermont and the gardening season is well over. We turned over and composted the beds, and have had many ...
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Easy trees from common fruit/vegetable seeds

It's pretty easy to grow an avocado from the pit. Are there any other trees/plants that can be grown relatively easily from common household fruits or vegetables?
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What should I do (if anything) to winterize my small vegetable garden (Buffalo, NY, USA)?

Should I pull everything? Cover with a tarp? Mulch? Leave exposed? Should a rake the leaves from it or leave them? Any other winter preparations I should make to make spring that much easier on it?
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What is causing irregular brown sunken spots on my tomatoes?

I have been growing tomatoes in the same spot in my garden for years. This year most of my tomatoes seem to be affected by a disease which only affects the tomatoes. I prune, water & fertilize 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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Why are my calaloo leaves turning red, and are they still safe?

I am growing my own Calaloo in Canada from seeds obtained in Jamaica. As the plant matures the leaves are starting to turn red. Has anyone heard of this and are they OK to eat after they turn red?
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How to Get Rid of white grubs?

I noticed that I have grubs in my garden. Is there anything Organic that I can use to get rid of them? These little things totally destroy my tomato and pepper plants.
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What is this vegetable in my garden?

I planted butternut squash and this is what has been growing. They are between 12 and 13 inches long and 12 to 14 inches around at the largest point. They have not turned tan at all. Please let me ...
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Should I prune fungus-infected vegetable plants or destroy them?

I have some eggplant and tomato plants. My eggplants appear to have some kind of fungus. It's being raining quite a bit in Central, FL; as a result, I think they are infecting the tomato plant too. ...
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Are these mushrooms dangerous to my scallions?

I am growing scallions (and eating them). This morning I noticed two mushrooms (which I think grew last night) among them. The following questions arise: Is this bad for my scallions? Is it ...
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Rusty metal vase, can I use it for vegetables?

I am creating a small vegetable garden. I have a metal vase, that I particulary like, and want to use it. It's completely rusty inside. Can the rust somehow, ruin the vegetables? If not, can that be ...
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What is the safest weed killer to use around a toddler?

I have a grass lawn, a vegetable garden, and a strawberry patch. The garden is in a raised bed, but no fabric under the soil or mulch on top. The strawberries were in a nice bed to themselves, but ...
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Spearmint Yield [closed]

would any of you know approximately how much spearmint I could get per plant? I am looking to buy a four tier greenhouse and fill it up completely with spearmint so I am not exactly sure how much the ...