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Is there a rule of thumb for what size of a pot you need to keep a plant in?

I keep quite a lot of potted plants around my house, and usually I just move them to a bigger pot when I notice that they're looking like they need more space. It would be kind of nice to be able to ...
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How long does mulch last?

Our house is in need of mulch around bushes, trees etc. We are finally getting around to address this, and have calculated we need two yards to get around 2 inches of mulch onto everything. We live in ...
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1answer
163 views

What is this pink/lavender flowering shrub?

The previous home owner has planted these in my backyard in Austin, Texas. They are blooming currently. What are these beautiful flowers?
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1answer
119 views

What are these lines on tomato leaves? [duplicate]

I have planted some tomatoes in my garden. The plants have started showing white lines as shown in the picture. Is this some disease? If yes, What kind of disease is this? Is it safe to eat tomatoes ...
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2answers
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Is there an accurate way to test a mixture of multiple soils?

Last night I started putting together a mixture of soil for blueberry plants. This mixture includes: top-soil garden soil organic mushroom compost sphagnum moss (I also have ...
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5answers
273 views

Would it be better for me to set up my garden in the fall, or wait until spring?

I recently moved into a house with a yard, and am eager to start getting a garden started. The ground here isn't really clay, but it's not really dirt that I would want to use for gardening. It's ...
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1answer
197 views

Can somebody identify this flowering bush?

I think this is a bush, but I'm not sure. It has orange flowers that bloomed in July. Hummingbirds love it.
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Why is my drip line spraying, not dripping?

We recently noticed a small geyser in our landscape and found that the connector had been broken from the 1/2" line to the 1/4" drip line. I replaced it with a similar 1/4" barbed connector. Now ...
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1answer
80 views

How can I remove locust eggs from the soil, and prevent future infestations?

A few days ago I saw a locust standing still in my little vegetable garden. I was really surprised of the fact that even though I went close it wouldn't jump away. After looking closer I figured that ...
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3answers
107 views

Ground cover for 2000 sq.ft (half full sun / half partial shade) with 60º slope

I am at Southern California. I need ground cover for 2000 sq.ft. with 60º slope and help for choosing the right flowering low ground cover. There are 30 rose plants at present, so prefer ground cover ...
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1answer
41 views

Is there a close relative to citrus trees, which can grow in the northeast US?

I am interested in knowing what is a known close relative to citrus, that is known to grow in the northeast US, such as western New York. Does anyone have any recommendations?
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Beginner Starting from Scratch: Weedlot to Enjoyable Garden

I live in the Pacific Northwest (Portland), and I have a small urban back yard (20'x30'). In the decade I have owned the house, I have never really done much with it, and it has ranged from boring ...
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1answer
118 views

Is testing the pH of soil with cabbage juice accurate?

I was looking into testing the soil in my yard so I knew how much I needed to prepare it for blueberry plants. I came across a method I hadn't heard of before, that I thought was interesting. It ...
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2answers
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Are clear or opaque tarps better for solarization?

I have always used black tarps for this purpose, because weeds grow under the clear stuff for me. I may not have pinned it down close enough though. Others say clear is faster. Does this have anything ...
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1answer
93 views

Help to identify this imparipinnated cutting

I just got this cutting. I know I have seen before, but I can not remember what species it is. As you can see from pictures there are no flower nor buds that may help to identify it. Since I don't ...
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1answer
64 views

Redwood planter - Should I treat it and how?

I just built a nice planter in my garden, and would like to plant some flowers and edible vegetables (i.e. corn, tomatoes and more). Should I treat the wood and how? Let me add a few details: ...
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1answer
277 views

Why should I prune my avocado plant already when only two weeks old?

In most instructions I've read about growing an avocado plant, it says things like the following: In 2-6 weeks, roots and a stem will sprout from the seed. When the stem is about six inches long, ...
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1answer
108 views

What kind of tree is this?

Asking from northeast New Jersey. Sorry I couldn't get a better picture of it - I'm hoping this is enough to identify it. These pictures were taken from below the tree branches. The tree is in the ...
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2answers
149 views

What is this dead light brown patch on my lawn, and how do I get rid of it?

I have a speckled, dry brown patch on my lawn that won't go away: I first noticed it a month or so ago while mowing the lawn, when it was isolated to a single area of several square feet. I figured ...
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2answers
112 views

Planting Garlic

I've been replanting my garlic every year from some seed cloves I purchased 10 years ago. Every year, I replant cloves from the largest, nicest heads and use the smaller ones in the kitchen. Despite ...
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1answer
291 views

What is this vigorous plant [duplicate]

I've been pulling these all summer but this was the first one that made me pause - the roots were very rhizome-y? Wondering if this is a weed or something that may have been left there by the ...
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1answer
62 views

Bugs eating my yellow bell pepper

For some reason my yellow bell pepper plant is dying very quickly. When I first got the plant it was thriving putting out peppers like no end. Now the branches are turning brown leaves falling off. ...
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0answers
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Dry brown patches on cayenne chilli plant leaves, leaves starting to curl, tiny black spots

Note: I have posted a previous question regarding my chilli plants, its details may help in diagnosing this new issue. You can see it here: White, fur like strands and spots on underside of chilli ...
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Rotten Rain drain grate [migrated]

The steel grate on my garden rain drain is rotten. Can I just replace the grate or do I have to replace the channel as well. The grates and channels seem to be complete when bought. I would prefer to ...
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2answers
52 views

Late summer vegetable garden in SoCal?

I would like to start a vegetable garden now (late summer). Which vegetables will do best with fall weather approaching? I am in southern California. Also I would like to plant some herbs, which ones ...
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1answer
125 views

Identify this grass and provide hints on removal

I just moved into a relative's house in Sydney and the backyard is a disaster. There is some unusual grass that is invading that I haven't seen before. I looked at ...
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2answers
135 views

What is this bug and how do I keep it from eating my plants' leaves?

Can someone tell me if they know what type of bug this is? If so, how do I get rid of it as it seems to be eating the leaves. Click any photo for full size
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1answer
59 views

Bouquet of pink roses not blooming

I hastily bought a bouquet of pink roses yesterday, but they haven't bloomed yet. The flowers are in my room right now, and I'm wondering if there's anything I can do to make them bloom?
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1answer
117 views

Can anyone identify this seed/fruit and what tree it has come from?

I was given this seed/fruit by a friend who found it on a walk through the countryside. I have no clue what plant it is from and want to plant it. I'm from Ireland but I'm pretty sure it is not a ...
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2answers
49 views

Root removal when removing shrubs

I have two arborvitae trees that are near the front entrance to our house. Many years ago they were planted way to close and now they need to be removed. We have decided to simple plant perennials ...
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1answer
57 views

Is it possible to graft together a self-pollinating cherry tree?

Earlier today I asked this question: How do you tell if a tree is male or female? because I've been looking into fruit trees and learning about what is needed for them to bear fruit. So based on this ...
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1answer
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Why are my hydrangea flowers dying, but the leaves look OK?

I bought some Hydrangeas in pots in full flower. They were then left un-watered. They are now suffering from dead flowers but the leaves look OK. It is now August in North Yorkshire. Any ideas what I ...
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1answer
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How do you tell if a tree is male or female?

I was reading through some of the questions on fruit trees, because I've been thinking about getting some blueberry bushes and cherry trees, and I see a lot of people mentioning that the trees don't ...
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2answers
108 views

Is there a way I can deter geese from visiting my yard and pond?

Has anyone had success with any form of goose deterrent? I currently have a small flock of about 10 geese that like to leave their scat all over my driveway and lawn. I have about 2 acres of lawn and ...
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4answers
309 views

Any suggestions on how to control clover and grass in a flowerbed?

I have an out of control clover infestation in my flower bed, but every time I dig out a batch of clover, it just springs back up within a month. The native grasses also seems to love the flowerbed. ...
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2answers
84 views

Why are my lilacs dying and what can I do about it?

I have some large, old lilacs that seem to be dying. They start out great in the season, then leaves on individual branches start to get a variegated look, then curl, then brown, then finally die. I ...
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1answer
73 views

White stripy things on trunk are killing my plant

Something is killing my plant. The leaves are loosing their colour. On the branches, there is a white, stripy discharge that's slowly taking over the entire plant. Can someone identify this and tell ...
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1answer
75 views

White, fur like strands and spots on underside of chilli plant leaves

I am growing scotch bonnet, jalapeno and cayenne pepper plants indoors from seed. The scotch bonnet plants have what looks like white fur growing around the veins on the underside of their leaves. ...
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1answer
268 views

What to do about carrots that don't seem to be growing?

It's my first time growing carrots and the leaves don't seem to have grown in the last fortnight. I'm worried that there's something wrong but there're no obvious problems as the leaves are still ...
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2answers
85 views

What are some good books with definitions of technical words used in botany/gardening?

Watching the level around here, I think I can not provide good answers without knowing the technical terms used in English for botany and gardening like the back of my hand. So I ask for advice on a ...
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1answer
71 views

Tomatoes…what is the difference between early blight and late blight?

What are the differences in early and late blight of tomatoes? Can you cut off affected areas of one or both to prolong the life of the plant? What can one do to prevent this disease, what can one do ...
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2answers
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Do herbs grown in containers need to be repotted?

I'm trying to grow some herbs (basil, coriander, and chives) in pots on my kitchen windowsill. This seems to work pretty well for a while, but usually they die after a little bit (well, the basil ...
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2answers
138 views

What should I do after a tree removal and stump grinding to prepare for grass?

I recently had a large tree removed and the company also did the stump grinding. They covered the hole with the mulch from the stump. My question is what should I do next considering I am wanting to ...
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1answer
70 views

Can I graft an orange tree to a hardier northern root stock?

I know you can graft like trees to like trees, but my question is: Can I graft an orange tree to a northern hardy root stock like a peach tree, and have it still grow and maybe produce an orange or ...
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2answers
71 views

What are the scratch marks on the undersides of my tomato fruits?

I am seeing scratch like marks on bottoms of my tomatoes. What is causing this? Possibly chipmunks? I have tried eight solutions with no results.
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2answers
203 views

Is it safe to eat tomatoes affected by early blight?

My tomatoes have caught a case of early blight. Is it safe to eat the them? The fruit themselves look fine, but I don't want to feed my family anything that's potentially dangerous.
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2answers
76 views

What small pines and deciduous trees are suitable for terrarium culture?

I am building a terrarium for some ex-Oregon family members. I really want to capture Oregon with its moss, ferns, trees and of course pine trees. I don't know of really any small pine trees that ...
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1answer
111 views

What kind of plant is this with a single, tall stem and alternate, carrot-like leaves?

I recently bought a house and have found this plant in a hanging basket in the back yard. Can anyone identify it for me?
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2answers
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What is causing the rotting/brown spots on my plum fruit?

I inherited a plum tree in my garden. I haven't yet been able to get a healthy looking plum from it. All the plums that turn to a ripe purple colour seem to have the following problem - Can anyone ...
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281 views

What type of plant is this? It looks like Chamomile

I'm thinking it could be Chamomile, but I'm not quite sure. This was found in Washington. Any ideas?

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