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Why are the blooms dropping off my zucchini without fruiting?

As you can see from the pictures the blooms look as if they just release themselves and leave the beheaded stalk. There doesn't seem to be any fruit growing at all. Is there something that I am doing ...
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When trellising pumpkins, do I need to fertilise more heavily?

This year I decided to try trellising my pumpkins and am wondering about the impact this might have on the fruit, since the vines won't be putting down roots as they run. Does anyone have experience ...
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Why has the stem of my chili plant split?

I have a couple of newish chili plants growing in pots on my windowsill, they're about 15cm or so tall and seemed to be doing well enough so far. However, this morning I've noticed that the stem at ...
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What is the optimal raised bed depth for Brassicas?

I built two large raised beds in my new garden, but couldn't manage to fill them to the top. The bottom is closed with cardboard and has a layer of prunings and hay 1-3 cm deep. I planted anyway 10 ...
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Can you tell me the garden plant that is popping up all over my 10x10 garden plot in Wisconsin? [duplicate]

I have these plants popping up all over my 10x10ft garden in Wisconsin. I think it may be some kind of flower. I think the leaves look like potato leaves. I want to know what this is. Is it a weed? ...
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Do bolting vegetables produce a toxin?

I still like my arugula, kale and some lettuce varieties after they are bolting. A friend told me that those plants produce toxins when they bolt in order to ward off insects, and that we should ...
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How to protect plants from freezing

Waking at 1 am, I get my shoes on to run out to my greenhouse. I've had a heck of a time getting my garden in this year. I've lost quite a few plants to 'pop' freezes and I'm probably getting ...
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Why won't my artichoke plants produce buds?

Last year I started a number of artichoke plants over the winter. I wasn't successful in giving them enough cold weather in order to bud the first year so I covered the plants with leaves in the fall ...
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identifing a plant with oval cut edge leaves and purple spotted green stems [closed]

I have a plant that has oval shaped leaves that are thickish and have hair. The edges are jagged cut when the leaves are small and grow less so as the leaf gets bigger. The stem is purple spotted and ...
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How to remove small insects from broccoli?

I'm growing up vegetables (without any chemical products) and among them broccoli. They are good, but they've a big problem: they're full of very small insects, and when I cook them, I find them in my ...
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What is this disease on the growing tips of my peppers, and how can I control it?

Please have a look at these images of my hot pepper plant. Notice the growing tips which seem withered and diseased. What disease is this and what is causing this? What are the solutions to counter ...
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How long does Spinach produce?

I am gardening for the first time, and so far so good! We have planted a few spinach plants, and have harvest three times from them in the last month. How long will the spinach continue to grow and ...
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Can pak choi be re-grown?

I know that pak choi can be grown as a "cut and keep" plant, but can I regrow it from the base of the plant, as can be done with celery? If so, how?
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What are inexpensive materials for homemade tomato cages?

After starting our tomato plants from seed this year, we have many more small plants in the ground than in the past years. We are looking to make our own inexpensive and durable cages that we could ...
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What are these white bugs on my tomatoes?

I noticed these things on my tomato plants. What are they and how can I safely get rid of them?
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Is there a drinksafe Y-connector for garden hoses?

Most brass connectors contain lead. Can anyone point me to the most durable type of y-connector to buy to water my garden that will not inject any lead or harmful plastics into the water stream? I am ...
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Why is my Swiss chard suddenly wilting?

I live in Brooklyn, New York, U.S.A. This Swiss Chard has been doing well so far this season, and all the largest leaves you see here were green and strong as recently as a few days ago. We had the ...
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How can I speed up germination of habanero chili pepper?

I planted some habanero seeds a week ago. Most of the websites said it need 2 weeks to 3 weeks to germinate. What is the best condition for its germination? I am in Hong Kong and having a 29 degree ...
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How should I calculate row spacing with different varieties?

I was going to ask this as an aside in this question, but I remembered that there are no asides in StackExchange. so say I've done this again: I go out and I plant two rows and beets, two rows ...
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Can cereal boxes be used for mulch?

This question asks about using corrugated cardboard for mulch. In the comments and the answer there are some questions about glues and inks possibly having "bad stuff" that you might not want in the ...
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Why did my red bell pepper become tan colored?

I planted a red bell pepper seedling that I bought from a local nursery a couple weeks ago. It has been growing rapidly and upright. One of the egg-sized vegetables had suddenly developed a large tan ...
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How to be safely install light bulb for outdoor vegetable?

My patio does not have direct sunlight, but I want to build a hydroponic system. The vegetable that I want to plant requires a lot of light, so I also want to put lighting system outdoor for the ...
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My Artichoke Flowered, Now What?

I wasn't paying close enough attention to my artichoke this past week, and it flowered on me before I could get a chance to harvest the bud. Disappointing that I didn't get to eat it, but at least I ...
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Two-dimensional plant spacing

I'm new to vegetable gardening and am just beginning to plant a few seeds into raised beds. On every seed packet, and in almost every other guide or reference I've found, on- and off-line, ...
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Should I prune my Zucchini's flowers?

I have two very young zuchinnis that are starting to grow flowers, they barely have 4 or 5 little leaves so I think they're very small to allow them to have fruits. Should I prune the flowers?
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Any concerns on putting a garden bed over concrete?

I would like to start a vegetable garden. The problem is I've planted so many fruit trees in the ground that there's no more room for vegetables. The only way I can start my vegetable garden is to ...
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Is it possible to grow bulb onions in a container garden?

I have a rather large balcony and love onions. Is it possible to grow bulb onions in a container? What would the minimum dimensions of a container have to be to grow them? Could they be co-planted ...
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Can a plant be too mature to transplant?

As spring approaches I keep trying to convince my friends that it is time to start thinking about germination. Their philosophy is to wait: we live in USDA zone 5 (coastal southern Maine) and ...
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How do I grow root vegetables hydroponically?

Hydroponics is the method of growing plants in a soil-less medium. I've always wondered, how does someone grow a mainly root/bulb-based vegetable (potato, turnip, onion, etc) in a hydroponic ...
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How do I eliminate tomato cracking?

Over the years of planting tomatoes I have had a problem with a lot of the fruit cracking. I need some advice as to how to eliminate that.
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Tomato plant flowering but falling before fruiting

Hi i have started a tomato plantation on my balcony and its flowering but the flowers are falling without fruiting, i am using cocopeat and natural fertilizer.
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What is this leaf vegetable with red veins and leaf tips?

I live in Bristol, UK, and I have received this locally grown leaf vegetable, but I don't know what it is.
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Portable Soil and Compost Testing Kit

I am growing vegetables. I need soil and compost testing kits for Soil Ph, SOil EC and compost nutrients test. Can any one suggest me, which instruments will be good with reasonable price. Thank ...
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How can I grow edible plants for a reptile in the reptile's tank?

I have a bearded dragon, and I recently came up with an idea to possibly plant my dragon's food in her own tank. This way it is fresh, always available, and may even help to keep the humidity in her ...
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How should I properly prepare a raised bed vegetable garden?

When building a raised bed for a vegetable garden, what do I need to do to properly prepare the soil? It is going to be mixed with different types of vegetables and herbs that I will rotate out all ...
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What are the best components for producing compost which supply maximum nutrients?

People made compost from different components but they cannot realize about nutrient amount in the compost. So it is essential for selecting appropriate components. It is very important for organic ...
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Gardening / Growing Vegetables in raised metal containers

I have access to painted metal garage doors ( panels) and wondered if I can make them safe to use as a raised garden bed. What should I use to paint the inside to make it safe for growing vegetables? ...
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Cause of plants dying

I am in the UK, midlands. Have these seedlings in a greenhouse and they were doing quite well. Almost getting ready to stick them in the ground for winter. Almost overnight they have died. Can anyone ...
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Is a 25cm by 40cm nursery bag big enough for a tomato plant?

I planted a tomato plant in a nursery bag. The bag's dimensions are approximately 25cm diameter and 40cm height. Is this correct or not? My plants have started to give tomatoes (10 tomatoes per plant ...
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What Are The Fastest Vegetables to Grow

i've found a lot of detail online about the fastest vegetables to grow in terms of time from planting to producing (radishes!) however i'm wondering what are the fastest vegetables to grow from a ...
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What is the right way to pick peppers so the plant keeps producing?

Does it matter where on the stalk you cut or remove the fruit off the plant so that you don't suck away its future earning potential? Let's take the photo here, of a Cayenne pepper (Capsicum annuum), ...
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Do I need to disinfect my trellis?

If my cucumber vine had a fungal infection, do I need to disinfect my trellis before using again, and if so, how?
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Will removing flowers at the end of the season make peppers ripen faster?

My poblano peppers are still producing a lot of flowers and I think they will not have time to form mature peppers. Would it help the plant to cut those flowers off now to help speed up the growth of ...
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Does Arugula/rocket flowering mean the plant's crop season is over?

I sowed arugula/rocket in an outside pot 2 months ago. As it was my first sowing of rocket, it turned out to be too dense so I have thinned it out. It was growing nicely, but all of a sudden it ...
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Is it normal for Pak Choi (Bok Choy) seedlings to come up so varied in colour and leaf shape?

It's my first time with Pak Choi (Bok Choy) and so I don't know what seedlings normally look like. But should they be this varied in shape and colour?
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What Central or North American region is suitable to the most diverse variety of edible plants?

Some time in the next couple of years, I hope to buy some land, and settle down. I have no physical ties to any particular place, except that I wish to stay within Central or North America. Most ...
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Is this chili plant dead?

I appreciate this is a hard question to answer, I just wanting to get people opinions on whether I can give up on these plants? I have another plant from the same crop and it still have one or two ...
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Leaves seem burnt

I have some basil plants and a tomato plant (which is hanging upside down and growing well) however their leaves seem to be burned. I live in Florida and they are out on my balcony but I'm not too ...
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Does it look like a vine borer caused this damage to my zucchini?

After reading the accepted answer on the question "Is something wrong with my zucchini plant?", I've come to the conclusion that it is in fact a vine borer which has invaded my zucchini. Based on the ...
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What's the best mulch material for a vegetable garden?

I want to lay mulch down around my already established plants to help retain moisture and discourage weeds. Is there a recommended material for this? Or at least some materials I should know to ...