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Saving sun-scorched succulents

I recently moved several small potted succulents from partial shade to full sun, which proved catastrophic for many of them. Specific genera among the casualties: Echeveria / Graptopetalum Faucaria ...
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Carrots grown in my backyard look different

I just removed a carrot that I grew in my backyard. It is very different from the carrot you get in the supermarket. Wondering why the core is yellow instead of orange. The taste is not great either. ...
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Anyone know what this ground cover is

Anyone know what this is. It looks like a ground cover, it came up after buying a store-bought mulch. In one year it has taken over my garden, the roots are close to the surface. No flowers appear. I ...
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Output of Septic tank as fertiliser

I have a septic tank with multiple chambers, the output of which is then pushed into a field (by design). As I'm new to living rurally, I asked a whole bunch of questions to the people who came to ...
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Ropes as climbing support for English Ivy?

I intend to grow a foliage wall in my bedroom by using English Ivy. For convenience and aesthetics I'd prefer using ropes as support. But will it climb?
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Dying French Lilac

I live in South East Tennessee. About 7 years ago I planted two Lilac bushes in my front yard. One is the regular purple kind, the other is called a French Lilac. The purple one started to get too ...
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Growing a healthy lawn

We've recently bought our first home and I'm slowly getting in to the garden. I have a lot to learn, so starting small - amongst some basic composting and herb growing I'm also trying to fix our lawn. ...
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What's the best way to care for this damaged plant?

This pot plant used to be double the size it is now, and was sitting on our outdoor table when some hungry cockatoos knocked it off and snapped off the other half of it. I've since moved it to ...
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Can annuals work like perennials if you keep using cuttings?

I'm brand, brand new to gardening, and I have a feeling this may be a silly question... but I've found myself wondering it nevertheless. I've bought a basil growing kit (a pot, some soil and some ...
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Grass identification and removal

Last year I used a patch fill seed mix from a big box store. This year those patches have taller and lighter colored grass than the surrounding lawn. In the picture below, these would the grass on the ...
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Pruning versus girdling

If I were to prune a branch, it would interrupt the flow of auxin in the cambium and release buds below that have been held in stasis (of course there must be cyokinins in the tissues below to release ...
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Can I Till Existing Grass Before Laying Sod?

I have a small backyard with patchy grass. I killed most of it during a recent project, always with plans of laying sod after. I've read that just tilling the existing grass isn't suggested when ...
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How to trim a rubber tree plant when all of the leaves are at the top [duplicate]

I want to trim my rubber tree because it is too tall, but many of the leaves have fallen off. Now, there are only a few leaves left, and they are all at the top. I water it about once per week and ...
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Is my bird of paradise too crowded? Should I divide or repot it?

I have 3 bird of paradise plants in a 16" pot, and I am worried that they are getting too crowded. I water them 1-2 times per week and fertilize about every 3 months using 19-6-12 Osmocote ...
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How helpful are whirligig mites?

I've noticed these guys in the garden for years but never bothered to find out what they are. They are bright red, move with great speed, have a single body, and 8 legs. Seems it's actually a ...
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Gardening calendar for vegetable beds

I have 3 raised beds in my backyard that I want to maximize use for. Does someone have an approximate calendar (does not have to be perfect) which outlines what activities (growing, harvesting and ...
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When and how should I prune lavender?

I'm currently growing some lavender from seed and I was wondering if I should go ahead a prune it. I know with basil it helps with improving yields and bushiness but I'm not sure if I should prune ...
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What to do with fig cutting in water?

About 8 weeks ago I stuck a couple cut fig branches in a glass of water in a sunny space. As of today, one of the cuttings has sprouted a couple of leaves out the side of the branch, but I don't see ...
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What is this houseplant with glossy leaves?

I planted this plant 4 years ago and it didnt even bloom. I'm not sure what it is.
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What is causing brown spots on my Alocasia Black Velvet?

About two months ago I bought an Alocasia black velvet for on my desk. My office has a large window and the plant stand at a distance of around 3 meters from the window, so not in direct sunlight. I ...
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Caterpillar identification: tan with black triangles

What will this become? Found just north of Washington, D.C., tan with black triangles, about 1.5 inches. The fibres around its head are not part of it.
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Are these primary or secondary verbena pests?

I posted before about the powdery mildew affecting my verbena plants. I have now observed that some leaves have died, and small (1 mm or less) insects are present. They're mobile so not eggs, white ...
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Recommendations on fixing my uneven lawn

We had a deck removed recently and had sod put in about 10 days ago. The problem is the soil was not leveled prior to the sod being added and now the new lawn is taller than the rest of the lawn. I ...
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Taking a cutting from cherry Tree

I'm travelling around various family members all over the UK for the next week. The family members I'm with at the moment have a really gorgeous cherry tree that I would really like a cutting from, ...
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Treating Azaleas without harming Bees

I'm trying to treat my azaleas for lace bugs without harming my honeybees. I'm especially concerned since it's not just wild bees. I've started a hive. I've been looking into it and my local AG ...
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Bought FRÖER growing sets from IKEA and the herbs are starting to grow. What do I have to pay attention to?

I'm very inexperienced with gardening and I got two growing sets from IKEA, this and this one for basil, parsley, peppermint, coriander, oregano and thyme. Most of them have begun to grow and it seems ...
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How to plant herbaceous perennials under an existing tree without harming it

I've seen beautiful plantations of herbaceous perennials plants under mature deciduous trees and I would like to plant something similar. My concern is for the tree itself (an Autumn Blaze maple in ...
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Best way to deter pests (gophers, squirrels, rabbits) from my fruit and vegetable area [duplicate]

I have planted fruits trees and vegetables (raised beds) in my side yard. Every summer i have visitors (not sure which ones) in the form of gophers, squirrels, rabbits (maybe), mice (maybe) that eat ...
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How can I regulate lettuce indoors so it doesn't bolt/flower?

Is there a science to regulating lettuce indoors in a way that prevents or minimizes bolting/flowering?
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Is this mushroom going to make my black radish taste weird or be poisonous?

It is still cold nowadays (mid-April) in east-France, so I started my vegetables inside a winter garden. I planted some tomatoes seeds in a large pot of mine, which I had previously filled with ...
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Can I add new soil on top of existing lawn without trouble?

I have a very uneven back yard, from a combination of settling, bad maintenance, and a very enthusiastic dog (digger) that a previous owner kept out there. As part of a large backyard landscaping ...
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1answer
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zanthoxylum piperitum 5 years old bonsai watering and care?

I already read this great answer about water a bonsai, which was very helpful, but I'm very confused and I would love some help, as my previous bonsai died drowned and I don't want that to happen ...
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How can I tell if this is a weed?

Can anybody tell me if this is a weed or a nice plant?
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Why do the leaves of my (very young) Eureka lemon tree look folded?

(Edited to add more detail and an update at the end) I have a small Eureka lemon tree that is few months old, and is currently showing signs of weakness that are worrying me. In more detail, some ...
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Should I be concerned about these purple stems and dead leaves?

I have a small mint plant that a friend grew from a cutting and gave me. He had it in a tiny pot, so I transferred it to another pot in pretty short order, and it's certainly been growing. I have not ...
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What is a good distance to grow coconut tree from house and compound wall?

I am planning to plant the following trees in my new home (yet to build). I think I will not get much space between house foundation and compound wall. What is the recommended space to grow the ...
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best time for propagation

My name is Nawaz Khan from Pakistan, Abbottabad. Kindly, tell me that what is the best time for propagation of Oranges trees citrus trees, orange sucker, and roses???
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How to stop trunk from crumbling

I've asked this question already here: http://diy.stackexchange.com/questions/88497/dead-tree-how-to-stop-rotting But realise now it should have been asked here. I have a very large eucalyptus ...
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What are the styles of bonsai tree?

I am interested in bonsai, but I'm having difficulty on finding the design that I want because when searching the internet most of the bonsai styles doesn't have pictures. Could we create a ...
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What is this tall tree with narrow leaves and sweet red fruit?

This 7 m (23 ft) tall tree has been growing over my deck for some time, and I've ignored it until I saw a Tui eating its fruit the other day. I'm in Wellington NZ. My landscape designer didn't know ...
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Growing in barrel planters

I need some help. I set up two half barrel planters this spring, filled with nice bagged soil from Lowe's, but have had no luck growing plants from seed after about two months. I think my issues are ...
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Is it okay to grow root vegetables in soil enriched by manure?

I have a few raised beds where I grow vegetables every year (organically). Vegetables I grow include root vegetables (carrots, beets), leafy (kale, lettuce), tomatoes, zucchini, cucumber, etc. Every ...
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How does a self-cleaning dripping hose work?

How does the self-cleaning function of a dripping hose work?
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How to straighten an Aloe vera plant?

I have a huge Aloe. I've had it for about 3 years and it was huge before I got it. It just blossomed for the first time. Actually I should say it has a first time bud. All I do is water it and leave ...
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Avocado Transplanting and tap root

I am planning on purchasing an avocado tree (grown from seed) online, as the seller has agreed to provide me with a cutting from his mature, fruit bearing plant, and I want to experiment with ...
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How do I eradicate Pseudoperonospora cubensis on roses?

I have some roses that look like they are infected with Pseudoperonospora cubensis. I currently do not know how to treat this disease and would like a course of action. I have not applied any ...
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Mice eating sown grass seed

I've been having trouble re-planting a bare patch of lawn at the back of my small garden. I was wondering if birds had been raiding the seeds (and I have bought some plastic netting ready for next ...
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1answer
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How much soil is needed for turf to survive?

Our garden currently has a small gravel border all the way around. When removed it leaves a few inches before it reaches the foundations for the wall. If we were to turf the lawn, after filling the ...
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Mauve to purple spring flowering shrubs

Apart from lilac I am looking for a spring blossoming shrub which has flowers in the mauve to purple range, suitable for a temperate climate. Ideally it would flower earlier than lilac. Are there ...
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How to keep soil a rich black colour

We've just put all new soil in our flower bed and due to it being slightly moist it was a lovely deep rich black colour. Is it possible to keep it that black colour even when dry?

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