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Why are we instructed not to use manure before planting carrots?

It's said that we shouldn't use manure when preparing ground intended for carrots. Is it that carrots don't thrive on manure, or is it that they fork and splinter too much? What about other roots? ...
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Vitals for Bishop's Crown

Someone gifted me a seedling (if that's the right term -- it's just over a handspan high) of Bishop's Crown (hot peppers). I did some googling, but I'm not sure what the vitals of the plant are: ...
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What to do with 2nd season beetroot?

I planted some beetroot last year and obviously should have harvested it before winter but as I didn't have a use for all of it at the time I left some of it to grow. Now it's May (Spring) and I've ...
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What is the effect of intense sunshine on vegetable plants?

It's a rudimentary question, but I've had problems finding answers. I live in Cyprus, which 'enjoys' a Mediterranean climate, where summers are humid and tend to hover between 38 and 43 degrees C ...
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How much water should I give my veggies every day?

I have the following plants, each with their own drip feed: Corn Tomatoes Peppers Squash Cucumber Cantalope Crenshaw mellon Zuccini Artichoke Bush beans I have a bunch of drip ends that are 1 ...
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Adding dirt/soil to a compost bin?

Reading multiple entries here and a few others onlne, I have noticed people writing about using dirt/soil in their compost piles/heaps/bins. I had never heard of putting either dirt or soil in a ...
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Starting tomato from seed

We are wanting to grow tomato plants from seed this year. We've not done this before, so we have some questions. How big should the containers be that we start the seeds in? How long should they ...
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Will solar lights around my vegetables and flowers be bad for them?

I have a decent size vegetable garden and various annual flowers in my back yard. I recently bought some solar lights and put it around the plants. The lights stays on all night long, and I wonder is ...
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What books would be most useful as a reference for (vegetable) gardening?

There are a few main subjects such a book should cover, such as: the seasonal dependence of various plants (which can grow when, and when can one grow what), descriptions of the specific care ...
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How to make a galvanized steel stock tank in to self watering planter?

We got a galvanized steel stock tank (thanks Pinterest) to use as a planter for a raised flower bed similar in size and weight to this stock tank. How would we add a self watering tray/container/tube ...
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What evidence is there for the toxicity of Neem oil to humans?

I have used Neem oil (Fertilome's 3-in-1) on some tomato plants twice since I began getting into vegetable gardening. The thing is that I have heard/read, on one hand, that it is not toxic and quite "...
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How should I remove long grasses/roots to prepare a fresh bed?

I am currently attempting to remove a bunch of dead grass in a roughly 5'x5' plot. When the grass fully grows sometime in early-to-mid summer, they are like very small, long-grassed shrubs, sort of ...
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How to grow vegetables from kitchen scraps?

I have heard a lot about growing vegetables from scraps e.g. using potato eyes, or sprouted garlic/onions to grow new vegetables. I was just wondering if anyone had any experience with this? And ...
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Can you use plastic mulch in the vegetable garden without drip irrigation?

I'm in usda hardiness zone 7a in NJ. Can you use plastic mulch for plants in the vegetable garden without drip irrigation or soaker hoses? If so how do you water plants with plastic mulch?
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What are the best vegetables to grow in containers?

I'm trying to grow some vegetables in the second floor balcony of my house. I am from Sri Lanka. It gets about 5 to 4 hours (some days a bit less) of direct sunlight. What are the best vegetables to ...
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Why would one tomato plant be full of tomatoes and the other one be empty?

I planted two tomato plants in my first garden and one has developed about a dozen green tomatoes ranging from marble-sized to 3/4 tennis ball-sized but the other, same exact species, has no tomatoes. ...
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Which direction should I face my garden?

This isn't a question that's really occurred to me before now, but I feel it will make a fairly big impact on my yield. For the most part, I don't have anything really tall in my garden, with tomatoes ...
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How should I grow Moneymaker tomato plants in indoor containers?

A few questions about these moneymaker tomato plants: 1) Is it okay to grow two in a 5-gallon container? 2) Is a homemade bamboo obelisk like the one I am using (see picture) tall enough (it's ...
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What fluorescent bulb is best for my tomato seedlings?

It has been suggested that my seedlings may not be getting enough light. What are the best types of fluorescent lights to get? I have a single bulb, and looking to get another light or two to add to ...
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When planting is it good to use one pot for each plant or one large common pot?

I'm trying to plant some vegetables in my second floor balcony. I have one container for each plant. Is this the best method or should I go for one long common container to plant all of them? What are ...
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Is this compost appropriate for transplanting/repotting tomatoes?

I have planted some tomato seeds (that came in a grow bag) in a flat planting tray and as the stems and leaves are growing up, I'm being convinced that I should move them back to the grow bags that ...
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Android Plant App for garden plants and trees [closed]

Is anyone aware/use a well built Android app that identifies plants that grow in my area based upon GPS?
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Can we grow vegetables in a raised bed surrounded by trees?

We just built a fenced in area for a raised bed garden. There's trees all around it but we trimmed all the trees so the sun can come straight through. Will I still be able to grow a good garden or ...
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Can I save this crop of broccoli that bolted early?

We've been having a yo-yo spring (temperature-wise) here in Central Texas and our Packman Hybrid broccoli, which is in a raised bed and kept under a plastic frame on cold days, just decided to bolt. I'...
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What is the best time to apply manure to a vegetable garden?

I know that this question is very much vegetable-dependent, and I am aware that certain vegetables (as brassicacae in general, and root vegetables as well) do not like manure, others can be grown on a ...
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How do I grow multiple generations of lima beans? [closed]

I am working on a school project and was wondering how fast can I grow lima beans indoor? What would be the minimum and maximum water, light and other nutrition I can expose them too? Do they need to ...
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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 6-...
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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! > 95°...
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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 3-...
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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 ...