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How can I move large amounts of soil without a wheelbarrow?

We source compost/soil/mulch etc. in two forms: bulk and bagged. We typically use bagged when there is limited access to the areas to which we need to apply materials. I would love an efficient ...
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Identifying this white wildflower

I photographed this flower in Grenada in November of last year. The flowers were small (roughly 1½in or 4cm in diameter), white, with 5 narrow petals. There was just one flower on a stem, and ...
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Will my Frangipani Plumeria (Champa Flower) survive in water without adding soil?

I have what I think are Frangipani cuttings which I got from Laos. After having the cutting for about 2 months without pouring I decided to give my planting skills a try, so I filled a glass with ...
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How do researchers map root systems of plants? [migrated]

For example, here is a picture of the root systems for some prairie grasses: (Click image for higher-resolution PDF) from: http://www.conservationresearchinstitute.org/educational-offerings.html How ...
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How to prune a Salix Integra recovering from scale infestation

I just wondered if you could point me in the right direction with regard to pruning my Salix Integra. Im just about to treat it for a scale infestation and could do with some tips. Here's a picture ...
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White spots growing on small tree in UK garden

I've just noticed these white growths on a tree in my garden (UK). Does anybody know what it is, what I should do about it? I believe the tree us a Salix Integra Thanks for your help EDIT: ...
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How were estate lawns cared for prior to the popularization of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides?

I'm interested in the following information, and will be happy to follow any leads to good resources for the info: How were they cut? Were they irrigated? Did they fertilize? Did they overseed? ...
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Diagnose Sugar Maple problem

How does one diagnose Sugar Maple problems? There is some green on the trunk and the leaves haven't filled out for a couple years. Climate: Southern Michigan Soil: ~18 inches of topsoil with clay ...
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Why would one of my Prairiefire crabapple trees seem stunted this year?

I planted two Prairiefire Crabapple trees on my front lawn about ten years ago. Each spring, they flower beautifully together, then fruit, then leaves. This year one of them seemed to lag behind. ...
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Getting rid of the bugs on the Lotus maculatus

I live in the San Francisco Bay Area, and have noticed today that a couple of our Lotus maculatus, aka "Gold Flash", are infested with bugs, as you can see in the picture below. They are in pots, ...
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Why are my chilli plant's leaves turning upside down?

I have a small chilli plant. It's in a pot and yesterday I put it outside in the sun. When I brought it back inside some of its leaves had turned upside down. What is the problem?
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Why do my rosa chinensis flowers turn white as they age?

I've got 5 rosa chinensis outside my window and they get about 10 hours of direct sun in conditions of about 39°C and 13% humidity. I water them 1.5 litres per day, and feed them with a bloom special ...
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What is this plant with two types of leaves and small pinkish-white flowers?

Plant purchased as a hanging basket, has both variegated and solid green leaves, has upright growth, but also has two or three vine like stems. Flowers are VERY delicate white some with a delicate ...
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What's causing small black dots and holes in the leaves of my potted vegetable plants?

We planted a bunch of vegetables in different pots for the first time this year. We haven't used any pesticides or fertilizers on them. We've been noticing little black dots on the pots we planted ...
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What is happening with my pothos?

Eleven days ago, I had asked why my young plants were not growing. Well, weeks later, one of them is regressing. What can be the issue now? I added organic material( yam peel, banana peels and egg ...
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Flower stem planting

SO, I was able to get the pictured flower off the parent plant and wondering if this stem is good enough for planting.
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Which field flower are these seeds from?

I found some dry old flowers in a field and lots of seeds in them. What species is it? Click for a full-size version of the image.
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How do you guys Ripen your Fruit Produce ?

I finally had my Mango tree give me fruit this year and its the first year this is happening. However they are all green and I was wondering what is the perfect time to pluck them , and how should I ...
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How to protect my apple tree from this disease?

So here is a picture of what I am facing Is this a sign of heart rot? What should I do? It seems to be confined to this one branch (no apples on that branch at all).
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Can a big compost pile around its base kill my tree?

Will I kill a big birch tree if I put all my grass clippings around the base? The clippings (from 2 acres of grass) are now 2 feet deep around the tree. I have been told it will heat up and cause the ...
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Is some browning on a cedar spiral normal after pruning?

I trimmed my spiral cedar two days ago and noticed a little browning around the spiral portion: is this normal? The outside of the spiral appears to be very healthy and green it is again just the top ...
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What Is The Best Way To Kill Grape Vines?

Before we moved into our new house there were grape vines everywhere. We got rid of one stump, but another one by the fence is harder to get rid of. So I want to know what would be the most effective ...
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Is this flea beetle damage on this hollyhock?

Here's a picture of a hollyhock. It's been covered with holes like this all year (and the ones last year were, too, all year). As a side note, I gave it potassium for the yellowing of the leaves, ...
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Are these two weeds both lambsquarter?

These two western Idaho weeds look like lambsquarter to me. One of them is blunt, and the other one is pointy (and much more susceptible to leaf miners and some disease that wilts the shoots and ...
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Can anyone identify this maple-type leafed plant?

This plant was growing like a vine within an evergreen I have. The thickest part of the stem was about .33 inches wide and it was woody. From that there were lighter green stems that branched. ...
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What is this common western Idaho spiny weed?

This weed is very common in western Idaho, but I have yet to find out what it is. I haven't seen it online in any weed database I've searched. Yes, as large as it is, it's growing in a crack in the ...
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When should I harvest balsam for balsam bags?

I've found plenty of information about when to harvest balsam for making wreaths, but I really don't care about if the needles stay attached -- I'm actually interested in if there are specific times ...
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Getting rid of moles in the lawn?

I've seen this question which seems to be our canonical mole page but I have additional questions/details I hope you can answer here. I'm not a native English speaker so forgive my expressions. In ...
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Will the roots of my Columnar Yew Tree damage a foundation that's only three feet away?

I have a columnar Yew which currently is about 18 - 20 feet tall with a spread of about 6 feet. What is the root system like for these trees and what effect will/can it have on the foundations of the ...
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What is this bush in my yard with many small green apples?

Here is a picture of a bush in my yard. It is now late June and little quarter size green apples are all over it. Can you tell me what type of bush this is?
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What's this plant that produces fruits or vegetables and have green to black leafs?

My parents have two of those plants in their backyard. They forgot what it is. It produces fruits or vegetables. The leafs goes from green to almost black on the outside. The flowers are purple. ...
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Pros and Cons of wood vs stone mulch

We currently have stone next to our house however we have been getting quite a bit of weeds. Its probably been some time since any rocks were added. Basically I am looking for the pros and cons for ...
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Salvage the Best Parts of a Cactus

This plant did very well for a year and bloomed. At some point I think I over watered it and it started looking 'dusty' and then parts turned black. I snipped off the worst parts and let it dry out ...
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My red leaf corkscrew hazel is going green?

I have a red corkscrew hazel: It's in a large pot, and I'm not in a position to plant it out (nor will I be any time soon). However I've noticed that some of the leaves are going green - a lot ...
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How long do tomatoes live for?

How long do tomatoes live for under ideal conditions? Do different varietals have vastly different lifespans?
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Why would we cut off leaves of strawberry plants once the harvest is done?

Each year since I'm following Gardener's World (a BBC show for gardeners), Monty Don cuts off the leaves of his early strawberry plants once the harvest is done (in June or July). Last year I did it ...
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How can I ensure my perennial herbs survive in an above ground planter (1.5' x 5') year round?

Never been much of a gardener, so 10 years ago I bought a house with a mostly asphalt backyard. So, different season of life now, my wife and I are starting a small garden of mostly food bearing ...
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Why clean plant when repotting

So I have some Venus fly trap seeds growing in a 72-cell germ station. The cells are pretty small and I will have to repot soon. Whenever I have read about repotting, I always hear it is best to try ...
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A “clone looking” tomato plant with no fruit

We've had volunteer cherry tomatoes come up in our yard, but this isn't a cherry tomato. The plant I am questioning came up next to a bird feeder in a flower bed. It now is about 21/2 ft. tall and ...
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What is this fur on the outer leaves on my Peperomia angulata?

There is white fur on some outer leaves of my peperomia angulata. Is this normal or should I be worried? New images:
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Will plants grow faster if I reorganize their roots within pots?

I have a number of random potted plants in my apartment and a few of them are looking to be very tall. Specifically, orange and chili pepper. Once upon a time I replanted some of them and discovered ...
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What is the name of this plant and how do I propagate it via stem?

I have the following plant and wanted to know the name and then how to propagate it by stem. Thanks
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Getting grass to grow on top of hill, shady area with possible concrete

I am a relatively new homeowner. The back of our house has a carport with a deck above it, then the back yard has about a yard of flattish ground followed by a decent slope. We noticed that the grass ...
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Is the end of June too late to harvest and plant seeds from a Hellebore in zone 6a?

I live in Massachusetts, zone 6a. A month ago I found a plant in my yard, which my friend identified as a perennial shrub called Hellebore. It has pastel green and pink flowers on stems gently bent ...
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Succulent withering/rotting at the base

This succulent seems fine at the extremities, but it started to wither from the base up... Can anyone identify it so I can find how to grow it properly? I put a few drops of water everyday on it, ...
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Composting: what is the ideal proportion of 'green' to 'brown' material?

Everyone seems to have an opinion on this, but is there any definitive answer, ideally backed up by link/s to reputable sources or research? Ratio by weight or by volume.
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How to make garden flat and level

I don't know if I'm searching correctly, but I'm amazed I have only found one answer (which is still lacking). How can a garden be made completely flat and level? How would it be done professionally? ...
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What are the small plants growing in the soil with my palm tree? [closed]

I have a Chamaerops humilis in my apartment, which has some small plants growing in the soil. I live in Denmark, Europe and my palm tree has only been inside my apartment since I got it. What are ...
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Starting a west facing garden in the UK

Im starting a west facing garden in the UK. Can you recommend perenials, shrubs etc to start off my borders? The garden is about 6m x 15m. I am going to put a lawn in the middle (its paved ...
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How many tomato plants can I put in a 4 ft. x4 ft. raised bed?

I would like a mix of cherry and other sizes. Figure indeterminate growth.

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