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How do I grow root vegetables in pots/grow-bags?

We have a flat (apartment) with no garden, but would love to grow root vegetables such as potatoes and carrots. Is it possible to grow these in a pot, container or grow-bag, or do they need too much ...
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What kind of mulch should I avoid for vegetable garden paths?

I checked out this question about what kind of mulch to use around plants. But this year I want to make some extra fancy victory-garden style paths around the places I'd probably just trample anyway ...
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Do brassicas like to be transplanted deeper than the previous pot?

I know that tomatoes should be transplanted deeper than they were in the previous pot. When I'm potting up broccoli and cabbage, are they the same way? Can I bury part of the stem when I go from a ...
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Is it okay to locate a garden on top of a septic drain field?

Is it okay to plant my vegetable garden on top of my septic drain field, or will that pose a health issue?
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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 that even though I went close it wouldn't jump away. After looking closer I figured that it was ...
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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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Database/API for vegetable growing seasons? [duplicate]

I'm looking for a database, (ideally an API!) that has information on the growing season of vegetables in various places. For example, what months can onions be harvested in Minneapolis? When are ...
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Garlic scapes drooping during a cold winter without much snow. Will they survive?

I live in Massachusetts Zone 6b and I planted garlic in October (First time ever planting garlic!) about 6 inches deep into the soil, with mulch on top of the soil. The garlic I planted was organic ...
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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 does the “Ketchup 'n' Fries” plant produce both tomatoes and potatoes? Is it safe?

A recent article has left me quite amazed at the possibility of producing tomatoes and potatoes from the same plant. The article describes a technique called "grafting". How does it work, and are ...
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Once the fava bean pods are formed, does the plant need a lot of sunshine to grow?

My fava bean plants now formed pods. It is getting around twelve hours of sunshine on the roof. I am worried that the weather is now getting too hot, in Egypt. Should I move it back to a shady balcony ...
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Should I rotate border vegetables, or plant a perimeter of onions/scallions each year?

Last year my wife and I planted our first ever organic vegetable garden (raised bed made of cedar) and pretty much just "winged it"; and surprisingly had very good yields. By "winged it" I mean, we ...
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How will indirect sunlight affect indoor tomatoes under grow lights?

I'm deciding where to put my indoor vegetable garden for the winter. I will use grow lights as the primary light source but part of my decision decision is based on the value of indirect sunlight. ...
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Does water temperature affect vegetable plant growth?

Generally speaking, when watering a vegetable garden, are there any benefits to using cold water vs warm or vice versa? I'm in Wisconsin, so 90+°F is about as hot as it gets around here. Typically ...
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What causes my zucchini leaves to become light yellow?

Please have a look at these images of my zucchini plant: What disease is this and what is causing this? What are the solutions to counter this? Location: India. Weather In May-June: Hot! > ...
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What should I do with these young tomato plants in the middle of august?

I have a bunch of young tomato plants (grown from seed since the beginning of May) But if I'm not mistaken it's too late to plant them out into the yard. August is halfway through and it's not ...
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Squash or gourd? Monster plant growing from mulch put on empty bed

Please help me identify this monster plant. It grew by itself late July. Yellow flower, somewhat a rounded star shape, indented leaves, some with whitish patches, yellow round smooth "fruit", small ...
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Am I pruning the my pepper plants optimally?

I usually prune my pepper plants at the start of winter, just above the second set of nodes. I have been doing this for about eight years now and i'm interested to see if there is better or correct ...
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How can I get my fava beans to grow faster and start flowering?

I planted some fava beans in large pots late october. They should be flowering by now, but all I can see is small flower buds, only in a couple of the plants. And it is growing very slowly. What can I ...
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Butternut Squash Cross Pollinate?

I grew some butternut this year and they turned out great but one of the vines has started producing something that doesn't look like a butternut: In hunting around the closest image I've found so ...
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Will garlic cloves that are broken off the root 'plate' still grow?

I bought a bulb of organic garlic to try and grow. While separating the cloves, a couple of them broke off that woody root 'plate'. Will they still grow?
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What causes the base of tomato seedling stems to shrivel?

What causes the base of the stems of tomato seedlings to wither (shrivel up)? I've noticed this happen occasionally. The remainder of the plant is fine until it dies from being separated from the ...
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What is the proper technique to hand pollinate an eggplant?

I have an eggplant that has thus far produced several flowers, but no fruit yet. I have read that hand pollination is often necessary for eggplant to produce fruit. How do I go about hand pollinating ...
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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 can I do about carrots having weak stems?

Should I plant then deeper, fill in dirt around them as they are growing or perhaps something else? It seems like they grow faster than they can keep up with themselves, and if I do nothing, I'd end ...
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What vegetables can be grown effectively in a small, urban garden?

I currently live in a condo with a limited sized balcony. Which vegetables work out best for a small garden?
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Is it possible to recycle a Jack-o'-lantern into compost?

Since pumpkins are organic material, I'm assuming it would be okay to add them to a composting pile. Is there any reason as to why pumpkins shouldn't be composted?
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Do cloned tomatillos pollinate each other?

For tomatillos that require a pollinator, if I have only one tomatillo plant, but I root some cuttings from it, will the plants pollinate the other clones (and/or the parent)? They're all from the ...
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What is the world's widest pepper variety?

What is the world's widest pepper variety (including both hot and sweet peppers)? The weight and length aren't in question. Just the width at any point of the pepper (it need not be uniformly wide all ...
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How long should I dry fresh seeds from solanaceae, cucurbitaceae and other families, before storing?

I'm collecting a bunch of wet seeds (tomatoes, tomatillos, zucchini, peppers, cantaloupe, cucumber, winter squash, etc.) I'm drying them out for storage. I have to dry them indoors, with only a ...
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Can I overwinter runner bean seedlings for cropping the next season?

Clearing up my vegetable plot this autumn I have found several young runner beans have self seeded and have put up new plants currently 10-15cm high. I've not seen this before but we have had a very ...
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Can I treat supermarket “living lettuce” as lettuce seedlings?

I have a tray of tired looking supermarket "living lettuce". You're supposed to keep it on your windowsill and use it up over a week or two. Can I treat the living lettuce as a tray of seedlings and ...
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What vegetables could be planted in a limited balcony space in a subtropical environment?

I am looking to develop and maintain a small vegetable plot on my unit's balcony, the space available is approximately 2m x 1m (6ft x 3ft). Conditions: Subtropical coastal mining-port town in ...
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Does Thai muskmelon (AKA Thai best or Tang Thai) do well in a dry climate?

I read about a kind of melon called Thai best. I think it's popular in Thailand. Anyway, that's where it comes from. According to websites online, fruits mature extremely quickly (60 to 65 days after ...
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What are some good vegetables for a beginner, and how do I find quality seeds?

I have taken a recent interest in gardening, particularly growing herbs and vegetables. I don't know much, but I'm going to wing it and learn from trial and error. I have a few questions that I ...
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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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What herbs/vegetables/greens can be grown in a balcony garden with limited sunlight?

Growing up in a house with a yard, we had a pretty decent sized garden with fruits, vegetables, and herbs galore. Since moving to "the city", I haven't had a yard, and I miss being able to grow things ...
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Is asparagus deer resistant?

I love the idea of edible landscapes, and asparagus is a nice early season treat that can wind up looking great in certain areas. BUT I don't want to waste time planting it all over if the deer are ...
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How do I deal with millipedes eating my vegetable seedlings?

After cursing all the slugs in my yard and removing the few that I could catch, I was quite shocked yesterday to discover 100+ young plants all chewed to the ground. I was going out at 9 - 10pm to ...
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What are some good combinations of plants & practices for raised beds to maximize efficiency/output?

As an example of what I am asking I provided one answer: Lettuce/spinach grow well in the empty spaces around the base of pepper plants. Pepper plants don't grow too tall and aren't ...
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What is the optimal LED wattage for a single bell pepper plant?

I plan on topping it to keep the canopy wide. I am most concerned with getting an LED fixture that doesn't fully activate photosynthesis. Granted I know that wattage isn't the best way to determine ...
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Tomato plant looks like it has grains of salt - what is it and how do I treat it?

My cherry tomato plant has been showing some yellowing of leaves over the past week or so. Just today I noticed the formation of these cluster of white granules - not sure if it's connected to the ...
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What is this little insect larvae on my cucumbers?

Need help identifying these little monsters creatures on my cucumber plants. It doesn't look like a beetle but working along side beetles.
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How do I know when to harvest my potatoes?

I'm sure I've heard before that the time to harvest potatoes is when the flowers fall off. Is that right or is it more complicated than that? For example, does it differ based on climate or variety, ...
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How should I prepare a containerized tomato-plant for overwintering?

I would like to try to overwinter some tomato plants which I planted in a container and have worked well. I will have a hard winter and thus I need to stock them inside the house. What do I need to ...
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What are the basic directions to planting leafy greens?

I'm planning to plant some leafy greens for a tortoise I'm going to get soon. I want the basic directions for planting and caring for the greens provided I have attained the seeds. The greens I'm ...
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Would spinach seeds not sprout because they are planted too low in the pot?

So, again being a newb as I am... I planted some spinach seeds in these black plastic pots that I transplanted other plants from. There is a good 3 inches of height in the planter with no soil. It's ...
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What are these small black things appearing on my cucumber leaves, and are they harmful?

There are these little black things on my cucumber plants that have started appearing recently. They are more concentrated towards the 'top' of the plant. They don't seem to be eating away the leaves ...
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Why do the tips of my lettuce leaves look dark/burnt and feel brittle?

I am growing Batavian 'Arianna' lettuce in a container on my balcony. I'm in San Francisco, so it gets some sun, but it's not all day, and it gets a lot of shade too. I noticed that the tips of some ...
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Is it safe to eat tomatoes affected by early blight?

My tomatoes have caught a case of early blight. Is it safe to eat the them? The fruit themselves look fine, but I don't want to feed my family anything that's potentially dangerous.