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When is the right time to put milkweed seeds in soil?

IN the image below, I have some milkweed seeds germinating on a damp paper towel in a covered container. I've noticed about four white string looking roots? appearing. Next, I believe I wait for green ...
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Am I on the right path to growing these Oyster Mushrooms properly?

I started collecting coffee grounds over a week, kept it moist. Before adding the starter, I microwaved the damp coffee grounds in the hope of killing off anything dormant. After adding the starter ...
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How to prepare plants to move to greenhouse from indoors?

I've been growing some starts in this little hot-house thing I made after seeing something similar at a local gardening store. It seems to work great - with a heating pad under one of the flats it's ...
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Scarifying my lawn seems to be pulling up the turf, is this OK?

I have a small lawn 5x5m which has some issues with moss and damp on one side where it's in the shade. I've been scarifying using a hand rake to get up dead thatch and moss which works, but in the ...
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How many trees are needed to attract birds as significant pests?

If I grew a bunch of large fruit trees of a sort very, very desirable to birds (robins, mockingbirds, etc.), out in the middle of nowhere where few birds had previously dared to roam (no trees besides ...
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shocked goji berry bush

How do/or can I revive a goji berry bush after it has gone in shock. I moved the bush to a separate larger space and it was ok for the first and second day, but has continued to wilt from then. will ...
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Calendar to maintain fruit trees

Is there a calendar of maintenance tasks that need to be performed on fruit trees? For example, when do I prune them, when do I fertilize them, etc. If it helps, I live in the San Francisco Bay Area ...
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What useful things can I use shredded branches for?

I will be carrying out some heavy pruning of some over grown trees (mixture of deciduous, fruit and a few conifers) over the next few months. I am already planning to save some of the thicker, ...
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How do most gardeners feel about sneaking stuff into their garden? [on hold]

I was given permission to plant some food plants into my neighbors garden (she walks around with a cane), and was wondering if it's a good or bad idea to sneak into her garden some of the experimental ...
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What is the name of those plants? [on hold]

i just bought those plants and i need to know their names ! thank you .
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Is this pile of dirt in my grass a sign of a pest?

There is a strange-looking pile of dirt in my lawn that I'd never noticed before, so I'm wondering if it's a sign of a pest, say a mole or some kind of burrowing insect: The patch of dirt is about ...
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What USDA zones can I grow Yacon in?

I heard about Yacón, a tuberous vegetable cultivated in the Andes, and was wondering if I can grow Yacón in Minnesota.
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Maintenance of oleander plants?

I have a few oleanders and was wondering what I should be doing to keep the plant in its best condition? All I do is feed it compost once or twice a year. Anything else?
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How to keep my lawn dry leading up to my wedding?

I'm having a wedding in my backyard a week from now. It's looking like its going to rain during the week and I'm worried about my lawn turning into a swamp. We have a tent for the wedding so we can ...
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Can I transplant grape hyacyinths while in bloom?

Last fall I planted a number of small grape hyacinth bulbs in my garden. It's now spring, and they're all in bloom, but instead of being in the garden, they're spread throughout the lawn. My suspicion ...
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Worm/Caterpillar identification and control. white webs

I found these buggers growing on a peach tree in my yard. This is located near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States. Identification? Are they harmful? If harmful, effective control measure.
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Can You Identify This Grass?

Can anyone identify this grass or weed that has sprouted up in my healthy fescure? Please see picture. I have a pretty good tall fescue lawn that I have been working on getting out the crabgrass and ...
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1answer
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What flowering plant is this?

We bought this flowering plant from Home Depot but forgot its name. Does anyone know what this is?
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How to get rid of horse tails from the garden? [duplicate]

Has anyone been successful in getting rid of horse tail weed in an environmentally safe way? It's starting to sprout in many places. If I pull out one, 5 start to grow in the same place.
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“Softening” plants before they go inside?

I've just been reading some Q's here and through that, learnt about the need to harden plants before moving them outside. I'm planning to do the reverse soon, and move a small basil plant from ...
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What is this tall perennial with fragrant white flowers?

My grandmother brought me a bunch of shade-loving plants from her garden to help me fill in a few gaps in my own. She had most of them identified but this one had her stumped. Here's what I know from ...
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How do I channel heavy water runoff on my sloped desert land?

I live on a sloped lot in desert country. There is little vegetation on the lot - bushes and small trees. When it rains there is 99% runoff. I want to channel the water so that it does not eat away ...
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How do I free a stuck ball bearing on a garden hose quick connecter?

I never had this happen but one of the 3 ball bearings on the female end of a Nelson quick connect is stuck. I have tried soaking it in vinegar, and lubricating it with oil. Any tricks or tips to ...
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1answer
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What is this plant with red-pink lines/veins on its big green rounded leaves?

My mother bought this plant but she didn't bother to even ask what was its name and what type of care does it need. Can any of you identify it, so that we can find info about the proper care it should ...
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Chilli plant leaves wrinkling

The leaves on my chili plant have started wrinkling up. This is happening on even the new leaves. The plant is still flowering and producing chilis though. Any ideas as to what is causing this? I ...
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What is this epiphytic cactus with small orange flowers along the stems?

Does anyone know the species of this epiphytic cactus? Even the genus would be a step forward. Could it be a Disocactus sp.? The open flower is less than 2 cm (just under an inch) in diameter. The ...
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Will growing Garlic in a garden keep insects away?

I was reading about how Garlic keeps insects away, and was wondering if just growing garlic in the garden will keep insects like Mosquitoes away.
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What plant is this? A succulent of some sort

It can get very dense and plump but I can't seem to figure out what combo of light and water it needs to keep it that way. It gets baked by too much direct light and it has tendency to get really ...
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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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What kind of plant is this, and how do I care for it?

I was given this plant but can't remember the name. Can anyone identify this type of plant? Or maybe even know where to get information about it?
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Pine sawfly eradication once and for all

I have a mature Mugo Pine that is looking rather haggard these days due to pine sawfly larvae chowing on it year after year. I first noticed them two summers ago. There were so many of them that I ...
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Effect of white/black polythene floor in polytunnel

The oldish, commercial, heated hothouses I have have a floor with a layer of polythene which is black on one side and white on the other - with the white side facing up. What are the pros and cons ...
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What is this succulent with dark green paired ovate leaves?

What is the name of the following plant?
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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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Choosing between Triticonazole and Tebuconazole for rose black spot

It seems that only two systemic fungicide are still on the UK market sold for rose black spots being Triticonazole (UK brand name: Fungus Clear Ultra - Scotts Company) and Tebuconazole (UK brand name: ...
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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 the purpose of this bundle of sticks?

A friend of mine has bought a garden in Dresden recently. The previous owner has left a few strange bundles of sticks hanging around, but we can't figure out what their purpose is. Any idea?
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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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How should I prepare garlic bulbs prior to planting?

To add to the recent garlic posts, I thought I'd make my own. I noticed that some store bought garlic was starting to sprout in the fridge, and so took some out to see if they might be viable for ...
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1answer
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Harvesting Sunchokes in Spring?

I have raised beds, and I noticed sunchokes beginning to grow this spring. I cut down (and thought I had ripped out) the single sunchoke I planted last spring sometime around Christmas last year ...
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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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Are there other seeds that repel liquid like Safflower seeds?

I am transitioning to using natural products for my cat litter and have seen many people recommending the use of Safflower seed for their liquid-repelling properties. However, Safflower seeds are ...
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Please help to identify this vine

This vine grows on the ground in our front yard, creeping out from under the hedgerow. We've always just mowed it. But, I am curious as to what it is. Apparently planted by previous owners. I almost ...
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How do I prep for tilling over my yard

I'm not a gardener by any stretch so I need some advice and a game plan for a very simple project I have. I have a small front yard (about 70sq ft or so) that recently got partially dug up to repair ...
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What does “prune back to new wood” mean?

Re blueberries, this URL says "prune back to new wood". The meaning is not obvious to me. They don't say to remove all old wood, from the base. In fact, from the context, the rule seems meant to ...
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How do I save my avocado plant?

I was wondering if someone could help. I have had an avocado plant for years, I've kept it small by pruning it and it's become part of my family in a way. It lives on my windowsill and has been ...
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Fusing apple seedlings for bonsai

I've grown some apple tree seedlings from a shop bought apple for the purpose of turning into a bonsai. A high percentage of them have germinated and I've ended up with more than I bargained for (12 ...
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2answers
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How much space between trees?

Is there a recommended spacing when planting new trees so they do not interfere with each other's growth? I want to group a number of the same tree species together as densely as possible while still ...
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Identify striped bug on plants: safe or suspect?

New to gardening, many species are unknown to me. This one (and many of its friends) with nice metallic colored stripes just apppear on my lavender, rosemary and slightly less on honeysuckle. What ...
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Putting fruit tree branches in compost

I just started composting. In addition to putting lawn clippings, kitchen waste and dry leaves what else can I put in? Is it okay to put branches of trees (fruit, olive, etc) in the compost?

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