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Should I clean pruning shears with hot water, alcohol, or similar?

Should one (occasionally) clean pruning shears with hot water, alcohol, or similar? I am imagining pruning is a bit like plant surgery (see also here), so precautions similar to regular surgery may ...
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Should I overseed this lawn?

Today I raked my lawn. My intention was to clear some of the Leylandii debris and brambles, but to my surprise almost all of the 'grass' came away, leaving more or less bare soil. Since it's quite ...
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Starting seeds in egg cartons

I'm in my second year of trying a vegetable garden, and last year I started planting way too late. This year, I want to start some plants indoors so that I can transplant them outdoors earlier. I've ...
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Can we grow vegetables in a raised bed surrounded by trees?

We just built a fenced in area for a raised bed garden. There's trees all around it but we trimmed all the trees so the sun can come straight through. Will I still be able to grow a good garden or ...
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Cactus Identification: miniature branching species with reddish areolas

This is an approximately 10-year-old specimen of mine. I had a wild guess that it was a Frailea, but having looked at all the recognized species of the genus, I didn't find any that looks like it. ...
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Should I prune lavender on a cold/wet day in Spring?

I'd like to prune lavender for the spring season. Today it's a cold and wet day (2 to 7 degrees Celsius and some rainfall, in Europe), the weather forecast says next week will be sunny, but I'll ...
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Can I save this crop of broccoli that bolted early?

We've been having a yo-yo spring (temperature-wise) here in Central Texas and our Packman Hybrid broccoli, which is in a raised bed and kept under a plastic frame on cold days, just decided to bolt. ...
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What is this flower with five mottled green petals that are fused together?

Does anybody know what this is? My colleague photographed it. It seems to be some kind of orchid. The owner said it was an "umbrella plant." The flower is in a pot, 30 cm high, flowers about 3 x 2 ...
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What are the main kinds of permanent sprinklers and what they are best used for?

I have a lawn and a garden. That's about the extent to my expertise in keeping them tidy and healthy. I have some permanent sprinklers in some areas, but they downright stink, so I'd like to redo my ...
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What is the best time to apply manure to a vegetable garden?

I know that this question is very much vegetable-dependent, and I am aware that certain vegetables (as brassicacae in general, and root vegetables as well) do not like manure, others can be grown on a ...
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What is this weed, and how to remove it?

Does anyone know what this is? and how I can remove it from my yard without hurting my yard? This is in Houston Texas, it is found just through-out my yard. It is full sunlight pretty much all day, ...
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What is the proper way to overseed your lawn?

I have read all the questions to this point in the overseeding category. There are questions about if the asker is doing things right, but not about the how. What I'd like to know is: What is the ...
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What is this cactus with flat oval pads and very short spines?

I bought this cactus yesterday. I want to know its name to research how I should take care of it. I'm in a rather cold city (Zanjan in northwestern Iran) with long winters, so I think it's better if I ...
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How much grass seed is too much?

I'm told by my seed supplier that it's impossible to to put down too much seed when overseeding an existing lawn or seeding a new lawn for the first time. Assuming the cost of seed is not an issue, ...
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What kinds of pathogenic plant mildew are there, besides powdery & downy?

Are there any other kinds of mildew that affect garden plants besides powdery mildew and downy mildew? If so, what are they?
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Growing trees from seed & cuttings

I would like to learn and compare the different methods to grow trees from seeds. I found a good website (http://treegrowing.tcv.org.uk/grow), and one book, but the latter seems to be good for ...
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What is the name of this plant, and how should I plant and care for it?

I have been given this plant. It is in water and has rooted: What's is its name? How should I plant and care for it?
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How can I keep bare root blackberries viable for 8 days?

I ordered some bare root blackberries for myself and a friend. They left the nursery last Friday, but my friend won't be able to pick them up and plant them until Saturday. What can I do to ensure ...
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Should I use Potting Soil with Mold?

I had a large bag of potting soil. When I opened it there was a thin layer of white mold on top. I used it to re-pot a Peace Lilly. Now I am thinking maybe I should not have used it. What is the ...
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Get rid of weeds from my raised garden bed - without pesticides

I bought a house that came with a rather large (8' x 50') raised (well, raised only 4") garden bed. It is infested with weeds. Last summer I planted some vegetables in it but spent most of the time ...
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Is it too late to plant my avocado plant in soil?

I have had my avocado plant in water for 6 months now on my window sill and it has grown to be about 30cm. However the bottom leaves are hanging and have slight brown spots, the second set of leaves ...
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How can I predict the best time to put a hummingbird feeder outside in the spring?

I live in Illinois (Zone 6) where I'm sure the hummingbirds still migrate south to overwinter since they stopped visiting my hummingbird feeder sometime late last fall. Now that spring is here, the ...
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Can trees be propagated from cuttings without roots or leaves?

It's well known that many tree species can be propagated by taking stem cuttings. It's also well known that many tree species can grow new stems and leaves after having the trunk cut. My question ...
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How do I grow multiple generations of lima beans?

I am working on a school project and was wondering how fast can I grow lima beans indoor? What would be the minimum and maximum water, light and other nutrition I can expose them too? Do they need to ...
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Why are the leaves of my fig trees drying and falling off?

I have several fig trees. They seem to be contracting some sort of illness - there's always one or two of them whose leaves dry and fall off completely. This does not seem to correspond at all ...
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Can this plant be transplanted or is it too mature?

I have a plant (not sure what species) that was badly positioned when it was planted. Because of heavy wind, it is constantly injuring the neighboring pepper tree, and vice versa. It is about 50 cm ...
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How long before fruit tree grafts begin bearing fruit?

If I graft a scion from one apple tree onto another mature tree, how long will it take for the graft to begin bearing fruit?
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Will a 1/2" tap hole injure a maple tree?

I'm planning to tap a maple tree in my yard this year and have hand carved a spile from a small piece of cherry I had in the garage. Most online materials I've found recommend drilling a hole 5/16" - ...
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What is causing the weird bubbles on my pepper seedling's stem?

Any recommendations you have would be appreciated. I'm assuming this is bad and will kill the plant? :( The pepper seedlings have been indoors their entire lives (a few weeks). Not all of them have ...
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Am I over watering flowering plants

How can I tell if I am over watering flowering plants? One of the flower plants I have looks either over watered or sick. I will add I have small children so I am not sure if this is also an ...
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How can I grow endive seeds?

I have some endive seeds (Endivia v. Crispum), and I want to know the guidelines on how to grow them. Our weather has been sunny with temperatures reaching low 60's at night and low 90's during the ...
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What's causing the edges of my blueberry leaves to burn?

Last year, this Sunshine Blueberry plant was doing stupendously - not a burned leaf in sight. Now most of the leaves appear like they're burning. Also, the fruit never mature to full size before ...
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Different plant compatibility and care

I've recently bought a few seeds: including that of Endive ( Endivia Ruffec ), lettuce, chicory, chard, cactus, and a flowering plant with the scientific name of Viola Tricolor. Which plants have ...
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What are the best vegetables to grow in containers?

I'm trying to grow some vegetables in the second floor balcony of my house. I am from Sri Lanka. It gets about 5 to 4 hours (some days a bit less) of direct sunlight. What are the best vegetables to ...
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When planting is it good to use one pot for each plant or one large common pot?

I'm trying to plant some vegetables in my second floor balcony. I have one container for each plant. Is this the best method or should I go for one long common container to plant all of them? What are ...
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My wife and I recently took down a tree in our backyard in an area that is mostly moist all year round and has no direct sunlight. We have since put lots of gravel over the area. Although the area ...
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Is it possible to reuse rockwool cubes?

Small rockwool cubes are very cheap, but the bigger ones can be a bit expensive. Is it possible to reuse the cubes? How is it possible to remove the old roots? What kind of cleaning is necessary?
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Why do small fruit fall off chilli plants?

My chilli plants are flowering and producing fruit now. However, some of the very young fruit regularly fall off. They are not very big, probably no more than 2mm in diameter. But they definitely ...
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Have a grafted fruit tree. Want to have less of one of the fruits

I have a fruit tree whose primary trunk is pomelo fruit and the grafted trunk is Lemon. It's a reasonably large tree (35ft as a guess). I don't much like the pomelo fruit and don't really eat them. I ...
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Do Pawpaws do well in common landscape settings in hardiness zones 6B?

I've seen wild pawpaw in VA, but never spent the time to investigate any special growing conditions. I'd love to plant them as an edge plant here in NY, but I've never seen them around here. I'm ...
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Replanting out of control raspberries

I recently purchased a house with a couple of rows of raspberries (which seem to be well established) in the garden. The first row on the north side was starting to disappear, so I trimmed it down ...
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What kind of mulch should I avoid for vegetable garden paths?

I checked out this question about what kind of mulch to use around plants. But this year I want to make some extra fancy victory-garden style paths around the places I'd probably just trample anyway ...
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Indoor pesticide for edible plants

I've got a small indoor container garden, with a variety of herbs, a couple of flowers, and a couple of succulents. A while ago, we noticed very small white insects moving around on my morning ...
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Can I force a dormant forsythia branch to bloom by bringing it inside?

I live in Massachusetts, where we have approximately three feet of snow in the yard, and the temperature has been well below freezing nearly every day for the last two months. In an article in ...
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Can I give sugar (or something similar) to flowering plants?

I was wondering if it's possible/advisable to give a flowering plant or any plant for that matter, sugar (or something similar) in addition to plant food?
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Is there a directory of precise dosages of fertilizers for indoor/outdoor plants?

For example, I have a lot of plants inside (African violet, geranium, coleus, etc.) and outside (dolichos, petunia, pansy, asters, etc.) my home. Also, I have a lot of chemicals (such as ammonium ...
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white material on roots of apple tree?

When I dug up a young apple tree to move it to a sunnier location, I noticed some sort of white material on the roots. Is this cause for concern?
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How important is it to do irrigation system with new build?

We're building a new house in Lenexa, KS (southwest side of Kansas City). Our yard is larger than average, and the cost for the builder to put in an irrigation system is $4,250. I'm debating on if we ...
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Why are the leaves of my ginger plant drying out?

It's only been 3-4 months since I potted my ginger plants. I water them every 2-3 days depending on the the weather. I try not to get the soil too moist. Over the last couple weeks, the leaves of one ...
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Does moss sprout leaves?

I had some moss in one of my seedlings pot and I asked what I should do with it here in GSE. I was assured it was mostly harmless so I left it be. However, a couple of days ago, it has sprouted ...

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