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Competitions and lectures for garden designers

I am curious what a garden designer can do for challenging herself to keep up her talents? Are there any competitions online which I can practice my skills on? Is there any theoretical lectures ...
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What kind of plant is this? [duplicate]

This clipping was taken from a plant hanging at a friend's house. The plant had many such bulb-like growths coming from stalks that were offshooting from the main plant (hanging from the pot).
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How should I add spent coffee grounds to Azaleas?

My garden has rocks and weed fabric. Must I remove both and add the grounds to the soil or can I just add on them on top of the rocks?
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How do I change this to a butterfly garden?

My front yard has 2 flower beds. One small one is a rain garden with Turk's cap connected to the down spout from a roof gutter. The larger one has two rose bushes, 2 salvias, 1 dying dwarf Mexican ...
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Once the fava bean pods are formed, does the plant need a lot of sunshine to grow?

My fava bean plants now formed pods. It is getting around twelve hours of sunshine on the roof. I am worried that the weather is now getting too hot, in Egypt. Should I move it back to a shady balcony ...
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How can I help my young mulberry tree grow a thicker stem?

I have my young mulberry tree, which is a little more than a year old. I grew it from a seed, and have it indoors in a large pot at the moment. It is growing tall and thin, needs a stick to support ...
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I bought a plant but nobody knew what it was. Can anyone here identify it?

I bought this hardy looking plant but no one at the shop knew what it was as it had no labelling. Can anyone identify it so I can know how to best take care of it? Thanks!
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What is wrong with my ponytail palm?

I have a ponytail palm on my office desk, which I love. I've noticed the leaves are brown at the tip and quite tightly bunched together. They don’t sit as beautifully as in the pictures of other ...
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How effective is cow's blood as a deer deterent?

In reading this thread I was curious about something I was told a while ago. A friend of mine said he was having issues with deer eating all of his plants. He said he was given advice to utilize dried ...
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What makes a plant deer resistant?

Every so often I see plants advertised as being "deer resistant". I can understand when flowers are marked as attracting butterflies or hummingbirds, since that can be determined by the shape of the ...
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Basil & Catnip Fail to Germinate

I'm trying to germinate some basil and some catnip seeds. The basil is the regular, plain basil, like you'd purchase at any box store. I bought one of each of these plants in the spring of 2013 and ...
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Will green, algae-like blooms in the side of a clear pot cause any damage to the plant and its roots, and if so, how can I get rid of these?

I have had a False Shamrock (Oxalis triangularis) planted in a clear, fishbowl-like container with a handful of gravel for drainage and potting soil to the level of the pot it came in for about a year ...
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Can dragon fruit get scale?

I think that my dragon fruit has scale. This is my first encounter with scale so I want to check first. I assume that any plant can get scale. When researching it I never saw it mentioned on cacti so ...
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How should I deal with carpenter ant damage on my old almond tree?

I have an almond tree on a house I purchased. The tree looks very old and the large bulk of it didn't have much green - looked very dead. It was growing sideways and near the base of the tree some new ...
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What does Mesquite Tree sap have that possibly makes it a good fertilizer for dragon fruit?

I have 2 dragon fruit (pitaya) growing under a large 30-year-old mesquite tree. The mesquite tree is dripping sap at the base of one of the dragon fruit plants. This plant is a deep green healthy ...
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What's the name of this houseplant? [duplicate]

I only know that this is a popular houseplant in Turkey. What's its name?
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How should I care for this Succulent?

I bought this plant over two weeks ago. What is its name? How should I take care of it?
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What is this cactus and how should I care for it?

I bought this cactus over two weeks ago. What is it's name and how should I take care of it?
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What LED light should I choose for a specific PAR watt need?

I wish to design an LED lighting system suitable for growing plants in the absence of natural light. I do NOT wish to just buy available specialised horticultural LEDs - I want to build my own using ...
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How do I prevent my mung bean sprouts from turning green and developing too many roots?

I am sprouting mung beans to eat. I sprout them in a clear plastic container with the opening covered in a mesh. I place the container, opening down on the kitchen counter covered in one of those ...
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Should I rotate border vegetables, or plant a perimeter of onions/scallions each year?

Last year my wife and I planted our first ever organic vegetable garden (raised bed made of cedar) and pretty much just "winged it"; and surprisingly had very good yields. By "winged it" I mean, we ...
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Is this a sign of some disease or insect damage? (Piel De Sapo plant)

I tried doing some research into what might be causing the damage, as the vine is also damaged slightly. I looked around the rest of my garden and the winter melon and hairy melons are growing ...
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How to check if a tropical tree has survived a subtropic winter?

I am currently living in the California Bay Area, a subtropic region. I grow quite a few tropical trees in my backyard. This winter has been the first subtropic winter that these trees have ever ...
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What is this weed with tiny yellow flowers found in eastern Australia?

It grows very fast in summer. Hundreds of little round seeds seem to grow on stems where the leaves join to the main stem. Wind or manual removal causes them to fall off everywhere. Older stems seem ...
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What is killing off my lucky bamboo?

I've been following the general guidelines for taking care of lucky bamboo. Purified water Sunny area, indirect sunlight No fertilizer Indoors (60 to 70 fahrenheit nowadays) They have been slowly ...
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Houseplant with clustered red berries at the bottom part of the plant?

I bought a plant but the seller does not know the scientific name of the plant. He says that it is a money tree, but can't seem to find a money tree that fits the description on the Internet. It has ...
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What are the differences that can be apparent between vines and creepers?

The terms 'vines' and 'creepers' are used frequently in plant descriptions. They both have flexible growth and cannot support themselves in an upright habit. A simple image search brings almost ...
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How to completely rid my potting soil/container of fungi which seems to continually attack my plants

So, after so many dead plant and ruts, I have come to realize that for some reason, my plants seem to contract some fungal issue most every week. I am not exactly sure why but I have had to pluck up ...
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What does 'standard' mean when referring to shrubs and vines?

I often see shrubs and vines for sale labeled as 'standards'. What does that mean? Examples: Roses Rose of Sharon Trumpet Vine Wisteria And so on.
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Is there any merit to my wacky idea to grow a Purslane lawn?

I have this wacky idea to plant Purslane instead of grass in my desert yard (zone 7a, 9 inches of rain annually). I'm not keen on having high-maintenance turf; the only grass in the running against ...
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What columnar cactus species I should select as a rootstock for a Rhipsalis standard?

I want to make a standard(1) with scions from a Rhipsalis pilocarpa, or mistletoe cactus. I need a rootstock that: Is columnar Is unbranched Has good longevity (at least 20 years) Can adapt to high ...
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How Do I Get Rid Of Moles [duplicate]

How can I prevent, get rid of moles in my yard? I have tried traps and the glandular poison. Moles come back every spring.
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What is this small potted plant with a thick trunk and palmate clusters of 5 leaves?

I received this pot plant as a gift, but I don't know what it is, and consequently, how to properly care for it. The size is approximately 20 cm from the base of the pot to the top of the plant. It's ...
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Should I let my basil leaves age?

Is it okay to let the basil leaves "age"? Like the leaves at the lower part of the stem. I pinch back my basil plant at the top, so the leaves at the bottom doesn't get touched and grow larger. I have ...
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What is this bush called and can it be pruned this time of year?

Can anyone identify this bush? The photo was taken in May (in South England). It is slowly turning into a kind of a tree, with long branches without any new shoots, so I would like to prune it and ...
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What is this large, woody plant with compound leaves, found in zone 6a?

In the early summer of 2014, I was on vacation in Pine Grove (PA), and saw this large plant by the side of the road. It is huge. For scale, the pokeweed in the pic is about 7' tall. This weed is ...
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Should I rototill compost into existing barren soil before planting drought-hardy grass?

I've had 2" of composted manure added to my desert front yard (New Mexico, zone 7a) to serve as new topsoil after having someone with a bobcat and a dump truck to haul off the gravel and plastic ...
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What is this almost spherical red flower with thin, hair-like, petals?

I saw this flower at the Cecil B. Day Butterfly Center in Callaway Gardens. Please help me identify it.
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What is this grass that is growing in my desert yard?

I live in New Mexico (zone 7a) and my yard is basically a desert. However, I was surprised to discover some grass growing near the edge of my patio slab today. I didn't plant it and I certainly ...
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Should I remove brown, cap-shaped Birch Polypore mushrooms from my tree?

I learned from this question that my birch tree is infested with Birch Polypore mushrooms. For two reasons, I'm wondering if I should remove them. First, even though they grow because the tree is ...
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What is happening to my Snake plant?

My indoor snake plant seems to be losing more leaves than it's growing. It started off as a pretty crowded pot, now it has reduced itself to this. I have another one in my office that's doing ...
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Can I measure chemical elements in soil myself?

What sort of equipment would one need to ensure that plant soil contains the right concentration of the 13 mineral nutrients necessary for plant growth? Specifically, can this be measured in real-time ...
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Why are my avocado's leaves drying out from the edges?

I recently moved into a house in the South SF Bay Area in California, with three large avocado trees. I've noticed that the leaves on one of these trees is drying out from the edges: Here's another ...
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My lemon tree, ants, shells. What is this and how to treat it properly?

There are lots of ants around, they just don't like to be photographed :) This is the whole tree: I'm in Sydney, Australia.
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Can strawberries be grown year-round indoors?

Are there particular varieties that are best suited for indoor growing? Will the plant die after producing fruit after x amount of harvests? Are particular lighting schedules required to produce ...
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Identification of garden insect with a red-edged green body and white spots

Please can someone Identify this New Zealand Bug found on my lawn today, thank you.
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Does Pachysandra cause algae to grow on the concrete foundation of my house?

I live in Massachusetts and have a swath of pachysandra approximately twelve inches wide growing against the foundation around my house. It's healthy and produced a lot of pretty, sweet-smelling ...
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How do I get rid of mice without hurting the birds that might feed on them?

I live in the country, so I've got mice that like to come into the house when the weather gets cold. The mice have learned to avoid the traps that I put inside the house, so I need to step up to ...
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Why is my lemon tree losing leaves after I gave it tomato feed?

There are pale blotches on the leaves of my lemon tree. There are no pests or mites, but all leaves have fallen from tree. I have tried a tomato feed with no results.
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Identify deciduous shrub with small red berries and small leaves

I live in London, UK and have had this shrub in my garden since I moved in 2 years ago. It looks like it has been shaped/pruned. Two years ago, there were tiny green leaves which turned red in ...

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