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Peat Pellet Tomatoes: When to cut the weaklings?

I planted 2 seeds per Jiffy peat pellet, incidentally, every single pellet has had both seeds germinate. Right now, they are on average about 2 to 2.5 inches tall and only have their cotyledon leaves. ...
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Placement of a front yard raised vegetable garden

I'm getting approval from my wife to build a raised vegetable garden in our front yard which gets full sun from mid morning throughout the evening. She'd prefer it to be near the sidewalk (spot #1) ...
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When should Bee Balm bloom in Zone 6 (it did not bloom last year)?

Two years ago we planted some bee balm. We trimmed it back in early March last year and it never bloomed, though the plant was otherwise healthy and bushy. We trimmed it back again this year. Is ...
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What to do about squiggly white lines on artichoke leaves?

I have an artichoke planted in a raised bed in southern California, USA. The new leaves at the core look healthy and happy, but the biggest, oldest, outermost leaves develop white squiggly lines. At ...
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Growing trees on a hill

Me and couple of my mates are trying to plant few trees on a hill slope before the wet season (monsoon) sets in India (early June). The hill has been devoid of trees due to excessive felling in last ...
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List of Native trees [closed]

I reside in Pune (India). I am trying to get a list of native trees which can be planted on a hill near our house. I tried to google the list but couldnt find one. Can somebody please help with it? ...
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How can I keep squirrels from digging in my pots and gardens?

I live in a wooded area which is home to many local squirrels. They are constantly digging up plants in my garden and in my pots. They never eat anything, they just dig holes everywhere. What is an ...
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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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Why are my Aglaonema's leaves turning yellow rapidly?

I have an Aglaonema (also commonly known as a Chinese Evergreen) at my desk at work. Over the past month or so, its leaves have been yellowing and dying rapidly. This is how it looked today, a Monday; ...
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How to identify real holy basil?

I need help identifying some plants. Unknown Basil 1 Unknown Basil 2 Potential Holy Basil 1 Potential Holy Basil 2 I purchased these two types of basil online. They both claim to be holy ...
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Photometry and plant growth

What unit of photometry is used to assess plant growth? Is there a catalog that lists plants and the required light exposure? I'm looking at more detailed indicators than "a lot of light" or "not too ...
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Looking for basic info/resources for drip irrigation

I had my irrigation system installed about 8 years ago. The guy who did it was a landscaper but did it as a friend on the side, and as such I have no idea what corners he may have cut to save me some ...
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Madeira vine watering

I have a little madeira vine plant in my room. How often do you recommend to water it?
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How can you get orchids to bloom again?

My aunt has several varieties of store-bought orchids which were blooming when she bought them last spring. However, after the blooms fell off, they did not bloom again. Throughout the summer she ...
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Dealing with mealy bug infestation on jades

I have a couple of jade and dwarf jades on my windowsill, and I think they've been infested with mealy bugs - I had an infestation about a year ago, on a different plant, and I think it spread to the ...
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Is there a model out there for companion planting

I've been looking at companion planting and it's very confusing. People say "plant cucumber with beans, peas, lettuce or corn", but then somewhere else they say "don't plant beans and peas together". ...
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Does anyone know what types of fruit trees grow well in southern Missouri?

We are looking to plant some fruit trees in an open space with rocky soil which gets direct, and sometimes harsh sunlight. We hope that getting some trees in this area to provide shade will help to ...
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One-off (organic?) aphids control

We need to ask a gardener to apply an insecticide to a CHERRY tree. Neighbours have complained about the tree being infested by insects. For reasons I cannot go into, there is no regular access to ...
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Does pruning the tree slow root growth?

We have a cherry tree, and neighbours, which is only about 4 years old, and I would say about 5 metres high. Neighbours are worried that its roots might eventually damage supply/drainage pipes in ...
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What are good plants for salty, sandy roadside conditions in Maine?

I live in Maine (USDA hardiness zone 5). My lawn has a 5-10' deep mostly-dead area along most of the curb. It stretches maybe 50 or 60 feet. Last year I attempted to get grass to grow there without ...
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Does new lawn/sod need aeration?

I recently bought a house and am new to gardening and lawn care. Some guys stopped by and asked me if I need "aeration service." I was wondering if I need it for my new lawn/sod. I still don't see the ...
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subdividing and repotting drosera/sundew

I have a very nice drosera/sundew - but it's overgrown it's little container and needs to be repotted. What should I use as the potting soil? I plan on separating it into two or three new ...
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How do I predict a plant species' water intake?

I'm an amateur gardener planning a future garden in an extremely dry area. The soil is fertile, but I understand you need to water artificially in order to grow anything significant. I want to ...
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Why does my hardiness zone not match the historical weather?

I looked up my town on this website and it says that I'm in zone 9b (25F - 30F average minimum temperature). However, the historical data shows that the temperature never dropped below 41F in the ...
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Do strawberry runners start from age zero?

They say that strawberry plants don't produce good fruit as they become a few years old. Let's say a 5 year old strawberry plant starts a new plant via a runner. Does this runner have its biological ...
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What's the name of this outdoors plant?

I saw it on a parking lot, took this picture recently, is not very tall, and grow in numbers. Thank you
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Watering clover seeds

I'm planting some Dutch white clover in my yard from seed. The seeds came already inoculated. We generally have weeks where it rains several times a day for at least a week during the spring, can I ...
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What do healthy red maple saplings look like?

Last year I had to cut down a red maple tree. I was able to save three of its offspring. One is ~2' tall and I moved it from where it volunteered behind a bush to the middle of the yard. Another is ...
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Can I use a HVLP spray gun to spray weed killer?

I'm planning on buying a BDPH400 from Black&Decker, looking to get more than just painting out of it, can it be used to spray herbicides like Roundup?
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How Far Back To Prune Frost-Damaged Gardenias?

I have 4 formerly great-looking gardenia bushes in my yard, but this past winter has been brutal on them (I live in the DC area, where it was still snowing as of yesterday). The plants are still ...
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Sprouting dried avocado pit

The first time I tried sprouting an avocado, I got a tree that lived in a pot for about 4 years. Ever since then I have not been able to get a pit to sprout. I have 5 pits that someone saved for me ...
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How to save my 1-meter-high Aloe Vera plant which broke off at the stem?

My aloe plant broke at the stem, all leaves and about 1 inch of stem remain. Can I re-plant the broken section and will it grow again from the broken stem?
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What is this dark purple discoloration on my Apache Blackberry?

I bought a young Apache Blackberry plant in a 4'' container. I transferred it to a gallon glazed clay pot. I use wood chip mulch. It has been around 2 months and the leaves are getting much bigger, ...
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Lemon tree leaf deformation

My lemon tree leaves are deformed and some have holes (see pictures). Any idea what is causing it, and how I can stop it?
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House Plant identification

I'll confess to being fairly clueless about plants, and have been trying to find what type this is (present from son to wife for mother's day, with no label or anything to say what it is). Is it ...
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Benefits of dethaching your lawn

I have st. augustine grass. What exactly is the process of dethatching? This question went into a brief discussion regarding dethatching. Are there benefits to dethatching? When is the latest time ...
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How long can aloe last without water?

I neglected an aloe plant for about a year without water but by the window. It was still alive! Quite curious about how hardy this plant is. How long can it really last without water?
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Choice between a cutting and an air layer

I have the choice between buying a Kohala Longan tree that was either propagated by cutting or by air layer. They are both successfully rooted, but I would like to know the advantages of each ...
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Is there fertilizer management web site available?

Does anyone know if a fertilizer management web site is available? I'm looking for a site where I can enter my plant/tree collection and the fertilizer that I use on each and let it know when I last ...
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How can I really get rid of henbit?

Every year in early March it seems I have a ton of henbit in my yard (southern US, zone 7, bermuda grass). Not just around the edges, all over the yard. By May/June it dies off, but it amazes me ...
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Are phytosanitary certificates needed to ship a plant within a state?

Apparently my state, California, has stricter restrictions of shipping plants. Many online nurseries say that I must pay extra money for a phytosanitary certificate to ship to California or else the ...
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Increase chances of good fruit from seed propagation

I understand that propagation by seed does not produce trees that resemble its parent. However, I am forced to propagate by seed some rare fruit that are prohibitively expensive to ship to my home. ...
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Where does the carbon that makes up a plant come from?

I have had this question throughout the time that I have been gardening. Where exactly does the carbon that goes into the plant structure? Is it like the nitrogen cycle? Does it come from the air? Is ...
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Companion Planting for Pest Control

How effective is basil as a companion plant for pest control? Would the benefits outweigh the ease of mono-cropping, such as being able to use cat's cradle trellis for tomatoes?
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Topping a Redwood Tree

Our redwood is about 30 years old and about 4 stories high. I would like to shape and top it to keep under control. Would it be fine to top off about 10 or 15 feet and also shape it? A tree trimmer ...
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Dried Flower ID

My friends have these flowers on their kitchen windowsill and they have been there in not too much direct sun for at least a year now. Does anyone know what flower this is? The purple has stayed ...
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Pumping water from rain barrel to balcony

I live in an apartment with a porch that is one story off of the ground. I plan on container gardening on the porch, but I don't have a spigot outside to connect a hose. There is, however, a gutter ...
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Growing larger green onions

I am growing green onions from cuttings but have been dissatisfied with the outcome. My green onions are scrawny. Even when I've added some compost from decayed leaf cuttings, the green onions haven't ...
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What is mulch and how does it work?

I keep on hearing advice about putting mulch around the base of a tree to "help it." What is mulch and how does it "work" to improve/help trees?
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Comparison of efficiency of different light colors / spectrums

I am building an led light for my indoor hydroponic / aeroponic / foggaponic hybrid herb garden. I am currently using a 100W warm white LED module. It works fine but I am also building another RGB ...

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