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“Volunteer” tomato plant in my vegetable garden - good, bad, indifferent?

I grew tomatoes in my raised bed last year. At the end of the season I removed the plants since they had all dried up. This year, without planting seeds I have a couple of tomato plants that have ...
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Need help identifying this plant

I found this strange plant growing around my garden, like a weed, but never seen it before. Any idea?
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How can I revitalize cucumber plants after spraying them for mildew?

I have three cucumber plants planted on my balcony. The plants started great and went on growing. What looked like a promising start is looking like a disappointing end. It started with white ...
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Growing bunching onions from seeds

I have some bunching onion (green onion) seeds. I have been trying to grow them indoors in small 1x1 inch pods. I also tried to plant them directly outdoors in my raised bed. I had no success so far ...
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What is this large plant that came up when I turned my soil?

I turned my soil recently and this huge plant started to grow. I have put my hand there to show the size. It does not seem to be a weed so I would really want to know if this is some kind of vegetable ...
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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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My transplanted seedlings are all dying!

I transplanted vegetables 2 days ago and they are turning white and wilting off. Pretty much looks like they are dying. I grew all of these from seeds indoors under 8-10 hours lights and they were ...
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Best time to harvesting blue vates kale

I am growing kale and this is the first year. It is the blue vates variety. My question is when and how to harvest. Days to maturity is 65 days (and it has been 65 days since I started the seeds ...
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Plants grow but not fruit

I'm an amateur gardener and I've tried growing sweet peas, yard long beans, cucumbers with no results. The plants grow but never bear fruit. The only thing that grows in my soil is tomatoes. Can ...
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How to safely keep plants in greenhouse at low temperatures

I'm a 2nd year gardener and am just now building a small 6x9' greenhouse onto the side of a shed. I've got some indoor starts that are beginning to take up a lot of space (my okra is ~9" tall!), and ...
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What is this root “vegetable”?

I planted some beetroot from store bought seedlings in November, and they're fine. But this chap grew up with them, and I don't remember if it came with the others, or just grew from where ever. I ...
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Will Sunchoke grow from “fingers”?

I purchased a Sunchoke from my local organic grocer, and was wondering if a sunchoke, like a potato will grow from its "fingers", and the main ball. Edit: What I'm meaning specifically is cut the ...
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Maldives-PLANTATION - VEGETABLES AND FLOWER

I am living in Maldives, this country is full of islands. all over surrounded by ocean. Climate- mostly summer and sometimes rainy ( April to July- occasional raining). Sandy land. Please help me ...
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What kind of mushroom is this and should I get rid of it?

We got a lot of rain in Austin over the last few days and now there are mushrooms popping up all over my vegetable garden. The garden bed is raised and only about two weeks old. I'm worried the ...
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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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Does cauliflower produce secondary growth after the main harvest?

Will cauliflower do anything after you pick the main flower like broccoli or should I just pull the whole plant out when I'm harvesting?
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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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What should I consider when putting raised garden beds on concrete?

I have a bunch of raised garden bed frames, and I'm considering putting them on a slab of concrete that I have in my back yard. I wanted to avoid putting them on the grass, as when I've done this ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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What causes cucumber leaves to turn yellow, brown, wilt, die, and the plants to stop producing?

Every year it seems my cukes will go gang busters then suddenly the leaves turn yellow (starting with yellow spots), then turn brown, wilt and slowly die off. This all happens from the root crown and ...
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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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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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How do I grow sweet potatoes in a pot?

I planted some attractive sweet potato vines in a 6 inch deep pot -- about 1.5 ft in diameter. I didn't expect them to grow extensively. However, with watering regularly, they certainly are growing ...
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Does eating fruits and vegetables watered with greywater affect your health?

Does using greywater on your fruit and vegetable garden affect your health in a negative way? Greywater is the run-off or cast off water that lolls about when you do normal washing around the home. ...
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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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How do I get rid of pill bugs in my vegetable garden (or is it even the problem)?

I have had multiple plants in my vegetable garden that have seemed to just vanish from the garden over the period of about a week. I have notice pill bugs eating the remains of the plants. They seem ...
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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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Is June too late to start growing vegetables in a northern/cold climate?

I've gotten into gardening recently and I have a lot of herbs and small plants on my balcony. I have a cabin about a 30 minute drive away with a decent amount of land. I was thinking about building ...
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What is eating my vegetable seedlings?

I recently grew some lettuce and carrots from seed, but within three nights they were completely eaten. I then used a seed growing tray and then transplanted about 40 out into the garden bed. But ...
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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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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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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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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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How can I determine when to pick a spiny cucumber, without touching it?

We have a friend who occasionally brings us vegetable plants, as she has her own garden/farm thing where she cultivates plants to sell to restaurants. This time around, she brought us some tiny red ...
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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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Is this a brussels sprout plant?

I'm in North Carolina and a couple of these plants just sprouted in my garden. It is currently about 3 feet tall after at most a month of growing. Because of the leaves my intuition is these are ...
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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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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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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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How often should I water potted vegetables and herbs with a garden hose?

My vegetables and herbs are all in pots outside in full sun. I don't have a drip system. I just water my plants by hand with the hose on the mist setting. How do I get the 1" per week amount of ...
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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 ...