22
votes
11answers
3k views

What is the best organic way to defeat slugs?

Most of the seedlings I have planted out this year have been eaten by slugs within a day. I have my final two runner bean plants that need to go out. How can I prevent these from being the next ...
7
votes
1answer
797 views

What is this weed, found in UK, with serrated leaves and small green flowers?

It's growing everywhere in my garden and it pops up faster than I can pick it. I'm told it could be dog's mercury or gallant soldier. I'm not sure it looks the same as those. What species could it ...
10
votes
2answers
653 views

How do I encourage lemongrass to produce a strong stalk for culinary use?

I am growing some lemongrass (in a pot) and it's doing very well so far: over the past month, it went from a stump, to about 20-30cm high, with long thin leaves. My question is: what the best way to ...
12
votes
2answers
329 views

What is this Vine-type plant growing on my Jacaranda tree?

I have a vine-type plant that is growing on areas of my Jacaranda tree (me + the tree live in Australia). It has little leaves. The roots of the vine grow on the outer-layer of bark on the tree. Does ...
10
votes
3answers
367 views

What's the best way to thin delicate seedlings?

When thinning seedlings (salads, beetroots, spinach etc) I will normally pull out the entire plant (root included) of the discarded seedlings. Like it's a weed. Where my seedlings are densely packed ...
9
votes
1answer
680 views

How to prevent regrowth of elm saplings from concrete foundation?

At the base of our old garage where the concrete foundation meets an asphalt slope down to the alley behind, we've had small elm tree saplings grow as weeds over the past three years. I've never ...
14
votes
2answers
178 views

Is it okay to pile compost on to the base of a tomato plant?

In previous years, I've noticed my tomatoes have root-like buds towards the base of the stem, but haven't wanted to experiment in case I wreck them. Anybody had any experience of this? Is it worth ...
8
votes
1answer
2k views

Should I remove the small leaves growing out of the bottom of my pepper plants?

My peppers plants are doing well (I hope...), but while looking closely at them today (I was looking at the flowers (or fruit?) poking through at the base of the leaf stems), and I've now really ...
7
votes
2answers
273 views

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 ...
6
votes
1answer
388 views

How to remember planting depth and spacing in the vegetable garden?

This may seem like a non-problem to some, but I very often find myself with a handful of seeds and I totally forget what the seed spacing, row spacing and seed depth is supposed to be for any ...
6
votes
4answers
670 views

How do I setup my drip irrigation head assembly if my hose bibb is too low to the ground?

I ordered a drip irrigation kit and the head assembly includes a backflow preventer, inline filter, pressure regulator, and hose adapter. I also purchased a timer. The problem is my hose adapter is ...
6
votes
1answer
2k views

Will over spray from Ortho Weed-B-Gon Max kill my flowers?

I was spraying some Ortho Weed-B-Gon Max on my lawn, and some of the mist/over-spray got in and around my flower bed (on flowers). Are my flowers doomed, or is there still hope that they will live ...
13
votes
6answers
8k views

How to deal with suckers on a Bradford Pear Tree?

I have two Bradford Pear Trees at the front of my yard. They were planted ~1997. (The HOA requires all lots in the development to have them.) Little sprouts that keep popping up from the ground ...
18
votes
3answers
14k views

How can I tell if my lawn needs to be dethatched?

I understand that a lawn may need to be dethatched periodically so the roots of the grass can reach into the soil (instead of into the thatch layer). How do I tell if my thatch layer is getting too ...
9
votes
2answers
2k views

What are the disadvantages of having creepers or normal plants indoors?

I never had indoor plants before. Are there disadvantages to having indoor plants in a dusty environment? If the plant is a creeper, is there a way that I can clean its leaves? Probably by spraying ...
7
votes
2answers
398 views

Are stinging nettles commonly used for security?

Stinging nettles are known to be a common annoyance. Are there any examples of nettles being used to deter intruders in combination with other methods of physical security (perimeter fences) Also are ...
7
votes
1answer
269 views

Do I need to manage my tomato cage?

We have a potted (Roma) tomato plant which is coming along nicely. People told us to get a tomato cage, so I did and set it up. Do I then need to manage how the plant grows into and around the cage? ...
6
votes
1answer
384 views

Any leafy plant which can be grown “inside” the house and doesn't need much moving around for sunlight?

I know about creeper "Money plant". Any other beautiful plants/creepers other than this which satisfy my conditions?
10
votes
2answers
3k views

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 ...
12
votes
1answer
451 views

Should I replant same year onion sets?

In the early Spring, I planted a bunch of these seeds. I just threw them out there and they grew very close together. I picked them last night after most of the bulbs were exposed I was just going ...
6
votes
2answers
515 views

What's a good selective herbicide?

I bought a house 2 years ago in San Francisco where the yard had been allowed to do whatever it pleased. Now I have an amazing mix of clover, weeds and grass throughout the entire yard. Is there a ...
9
votes
2answers
178 views

How are peppers and mulch used in a desert environment?

I have a couple of pepper plants that I've recently procured. Since I do not want these to go the way every other plant that has been gifted to me (i.e. death), I transplanted them into some large ...
23
votes
3answers
6k views

How do I compost a large pile of branches and heavy shrub clippings?

This Spring, I pruned all my shrubs and pulled out a few pine stumps. My first thought was just to pile them all up on their own. I have never had good luck trying to compost such material with the ...
9
votes
1answer
1k views

Is there any way to tell if a tomato is determinate or indeterminate before it starts to bear fruit?

I got some seeds in a tomato-growing kit and I have no information about what variety they will be. I don't even know if they are determinate, indeterminate or "semi-determinate". One of the ...
9
votes
1answer
549 views

What's a hardy plum tree for prunes?

I'd like to plant a plum tree (or two, if I need to have two varieties for pollination). The goal would be to have some fruit for fresh eating, but there's only so many plums you can eat when they're ...
14
votes
4answers
9k views

Why hasn't my strawberry plant produced any fruit?

I have a plant I bought that was started from Home Depot. Unfortunately it hasn't grown any fruit, even after a whole year. Around May this year (my second year), it produced two small flowers and it ...
15
votes
4answers
24k views

Why does my grass have bright green patches?

My yard is about 6 years old (new house). When we put the yard in, the seed was equal parts Fescue, Rye, and Kentucky Bluegrass. We live in NE Ohio. About 2-3 years ago, we started getting these ...
10
votes
2answers
1k views

Why do all my strawberries become moldy?

We have a strawberry patch in our back yard. There seems to be a lot of mold growing there, which is getting to the berries before we can. What can I do to prevent this from happening? Cool, and ...
27
votes
2answers
864 views

Why did my carrots split in a way that looks like legs?

This is the first year I've grown carrots. What gave them legs? I have a theory that the seedlings merged together. I don't know if that is just silly or if carrots just naturally grow like this.
4
votes
1answer
240 views

How do I figure out where the dead-end is in a sprinkler system?

I bought a new home that has a small area of grass on the other side of my driveway that is not part of the main yard about 10x16 in size and it has 6 sprinklers along the boarder. I want to remove ...
10
votes
2answers
4k views

Why has my peach tree stopped producing fruit?

I have a big peach tree in front of my house, the first 2 years I was here it bore fruit but the last couple summers it hasn't. Is there something I need to do to get it to bear fruit again? Edit: ...
10
votes
2answers
2k views

How can I keep a jade plant (Crassula ovata) from growing, and keep it healthy?

I have a lovely jade plant (Crassula Ovata) growing in the bathroom, but it keeps outgrowing pots and needing to be repotted. I have tried moving it further from the sun and watering it less to try ...
11
votes
2answers
283 views

What plants take easily to clay soils?

I live in central Scotland, which is a bit damp, and the soil in my garden, despite years of aerating, adding sand etc is still quite a thick clay soil. When it is sunny I get sun all day long, so ...
6
votes
2answers
144 views

Is it too late for row cover to help with insects?

Last year I used row covers on PVC frames to effectively keep cabbage worms off my broccoli and cabbage. I put the covers on in spring as soon as I put the seedlings in the ground, and then took them ...
13
votes
4answers
1k views

How can I effectively grow strawberries in my borders without weeds suffocating them?

Even if I remove all weeds around my strawberries a month's growth has them smothered in grasses, clover and other weeds. Is there anything I can put down that will help, or do I just need to manually ...
11
votes
3answers
7k views

How should a long neglected grape-vine be pruned?

Our recently purchased home has a lot of old fruit and vegetable plantings that were mostly left alone for the past few years. Among these is a set of three grape vines on a group of metal trellises. ...
5
votes
1answer
556 views

What are some good cheap self-watering containers?

I've made my own self-watering containers. Fun, but a bit time-consuming. Most self-watering containers that are for sale are a bit pricey for me... I'd really want at least a half a dozen, and at ...
8
votes
1answer
672 views

Why is my phalaenopsis' keiki (orchid) not thriving?

About five years ago, I bought a fully grown and blooming Phalaenopsis orchid. After a month or so, the blooms fell off as expected. I continued to care for it as directed, but it never flowered ...
6
votes
1answer
65 views

Why is my flowering crab stunted?

I have two flowering crab apples planted 2 yrs ago beside each other (20 ft apart). When they went in they were identical. However for two years the one has flourished and the other is anemic, such ...
44
votes
9answers
72k views

How do I apply spent coffee grounds as a fertilizer?

I've read that spent coffee grounds work well as a fertilizer. But the methods of application are all over the map. Some indicate using it in compost, others suggest spreading it and broken ...
8
votes
1answer
372 views

Should raspberries & boysenberries be pruned in early summer?

I have a boysenberry plant and a black-raspberry plant that are growing vigorously on a trellis. However, there are a couple of shoots (about a meter long now) that are growing away from the trellis ...
8
votes
3answers
173 views

Asparagus Growing: Any Tips?

I am planning to try my hand at asparagus next spring, although I'm told that it isn't the easiest of vegetables to grow. Are there any particular problems associated with it? Any tips that might ...
8
votes
2answers
375 views

Is it really necessary to rotate runner beans?

A firm believer in 3-year crop rotation, I sow my runner beans in a different plot every year. After they crop, I dig their stems and roots into the soil, to replenish it with their captured nitrogen; ...
11
votes
3answers
232 views

What are some tips on growing plants indoors with cats?

I have to grow my plants indoors because it does get cold enough in Dallas sometimes that frost may occur or even snow. However, we have a small household cat. She has bit our bamboo plant leaves in ...
13
votes
1answer
1k views

How do I know if a fertilizer treatment is burning my trees?

I started using fertilizer spikes on my dwarfed citrus trees in small pots. (Details may be found in this question.) As suggested, I used half a spike for each pot and I put the spike as far from ...
11
votes
3answers
1k views

What are these viny plants? Are they poisonous? [closed]

These plants are located alongside a fence in my backyard. What are they? My biggest concern is that they might be poison ivy. However, the plant in the first picture closely resembles a vine that ...
18
votes
6answers
2k views

Can I harvest vegetable seeds and store for the next year?

This discussion of seed storage got me wondering if it is feasible to harvest seeds from vegetables (I'm partial to tomatoes) as I cut them up for consumption. Generally, I buy seeds each year. But ...
23
votes
3answers
32k views

How do I get rid of white flies on my basil?

I've recently noticed that my basil and other herb plants are infested by tiny white flies. They spread out like snow-flakes when I spray the plants with water, and there are scary looking number of ...
9
votes
4answers
2k views

What is a good source for free or inexpensive nursery pots?

Are there free (or low cost) sources for nursery pots? Presumably nurseries reuse them. I'd like to get a few dozen in varying sizes for starting vegetables.
14
votes
1answer
720 views

What happens to a broccoli plant after it has been decapitated?

Does it generate a new head? Or is it then done for the year? What can I do to encourage larger heads?

15 30 50 per page