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How to Keep Compost “Hot” in Winter?

I live in Pittsburgh (i.e., Zone 6) and I started a compost bin in the 2nd week in October. (I know, I should have started earlier...) It has a lot of kitchen scraps, maybe 60-70%, but I've also been ...
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What is this pink-flowering shrub in Massachusetts, and how can I transplant it?

This pink-flowering shrub is in the sun in central Massachusetts. It bloomed profusely throughout May and June, and produced a few buds again in the fall. It grew to about 4 feet before we pruned it. ...
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How far should I place garden plants from concrete and fences?

I have a 9' strip of land nestled between my driveway and the neighbor's fence. I'd like to plant some rows of blackberries and make some raised beds with tomatoes and vegetables here since it's one ...
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1answer
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How long should I dry fresh seeds from solanaceae, cucurbitaceae and other families, before storing?

I'm collecting a bunch of wet seeds (tomatoes, tomatillos, zucchini, peppers, cantaloupe, cucumber, winter squash, etc.) I'm drying them out for storage. I have to dry them indoors, with only a ...
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1answer
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Can I overwinter runner bean seedlings for cropping the next season?

Clearing up my vegetable plot this autumn I have found several young runner beans have self seeded and have put up new plants currently 10-15cm high. I've not seen this before but we have had a very ...
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1answer
139 views

Can I treat supermarket “living lettuce” as lettuce seedlings?

I have a tray of tired looking supermarket "living lettuce". You're supposed to keep it on your windowsill and use it up over a week or two. Can I treat the living lettuce as a tray of seedlings and ...
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1answer
50 views

What to do against my Catalpa rooting in the neighbour's garden?

I have a Catalpa tree in the center of my yard. Today the neighbor showed me it's roots are showing in his (vegetable) garden. He went looking for it after noticing that his crops were smaller at ...
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1answer
32 views

What is this disease on my lime plant? [duplicate]

What is this disease on my lime plant? And how to fix it?
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Is this powdery mildew?

I have a bunch of these flowers - I don't know their names, but they're planted all around Israel alongside traffic circles and in public places. They're very hardy, but just recently I noticed this ...
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1answer
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What to do with a this tree which has become to big for its current position?

I've got an tree (see this question for ID) which has been planted by the previous owner in a position where it now has outgrown. I would like to remove it from there and like know what are my ...
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1answer
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Identify this tree with two different types of leaves?

There are 2 types of leaves sprouting from the mystery root here. You might guess that one is a sprig of tree leaves and the other leaves belong to a weed, but in fact both are growing directly from ...
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1answer
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Can this tree be an eucalyptus tree growing in Central Europe?

I have this tree in my garden. The previous owner, who planted it, told me it is a kind of eucalyptus. When rubbing a leave between the fingers it indeed has the smell I know of eucalyptus-sweets. 3 ...
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How can we salvage a poorly pruned mature pear tree? [closed]

I just had a company prune my mature pear tree yesterday. But I think they did it all wrong. I asked for the top to be trimmed down as much as possible and prune around power lines and over our ...
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Can I grow Basil indoors this winter?

My room temperature is 20-21 °C (68°F) and I plan to put it in front of the window facing east, where the sun rises. But usually where I live there is little actual sunlight: it is usually ...
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What kind of green watermelons have a red spot?

When I was a child, I saw an awesome large long watermelon (I'm guessing about 2.5 to 3.5 feet long and 1 to 1.7 feet thick, but I could be off considering I might have seen it in a garden catalog ...
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1answer
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Home-made Solution for White-Spotted Curley Leaves on Pepper Leaves

I had bought 10 pots of peppers a while back. Not all of them seemed healthy, but since they had the fruits, I thought I can use the fruits and bin the pots if I can't keep them. I was keeping them in ...
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Can I grow pineapple plants from seed, rather than crowns?

The other day, as I was eating pineapple, I noticed that it was full of seeds (see pic below for what they look like). I have grown plants from the crowns on top of the fruit (even a couple patented ...
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1answer
35 views

How do I grow strawberries from seed?

I'm thinking about saving my own strawberry seeds. I have some questions about the ideal conditions for optimal germination: What soil/mix is best? How deep should they be planted? What is the best ...
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1answer
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How can I save seeds from strawberries?

I'm interested in knowing how to save the seeds of the common strawberry, Fragaria × ananassa. At which point in the ripening of the fruit are strawberry seeds ready to be harvested, and how are they ...
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Can I save the berries from a Big Blue Liriope (Liriope muscari) and plant them next spring?

I have a big blue liriope (Liriope muscari) in my yard, and the flowers have changed to berries. I imagine the normal propagation method is to split the adult plant after it grows large enough, but if ...
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1answer
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What is the maximum amount (lbs/1000 sf.) of nitrogen that should be applied to turf in the spring?

Assumptions and details: we would apply slow release, predominantly insoluble, organic sources of nitrogen which could include compost, corn gluten meal or any of a number of organic turf fertilizer ...
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1answer
46 views

What are these round, white, waxy things on my cycad?

What are these white things on this cycad? Are they some kind of bugs, or are they seeds?
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1answer
47 views

How can I stop grass from growing in my driveway?

I have a split rock driveway and grass is growing in it. How can I kill the grass effectively so it doesn't just come back in 2 weeks?
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1answer
33 views

Should I overwinter my Crocosmia bulbs indoors, or plant them?

I just dug out some bulbs of what I believe is Crocosmia x crocosmiiflora 'Honey Angels'. I'm wondering now what to do with them. Should I store them until spring? In that case, which conditions ...
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0answers
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How do I save lilac seeds?

I know it's possible, because that's how people come out with new hybrids, but how does one go about saving the seeds of a lilac? Specifically, I have the straight species of Syringa vulgaris, and ...
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1answer
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What's the Minimum Space I Can Leave Between Flower Bulbs That I Want to Plant in a Planter Box?

I've bought a pile of various tulip, hyacinth, narcis/daffodil, and iris bulbs and I want to plant them in in planter boxes and small pots if I can't fit them all in the box. The instructions on the ...
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2answers
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Are these orchids dying? They are flowering but the leaves are turning yellow

We moved and I followed some good advice I got here and moved them to the basement. Prior to that they sat in late summer sun for a week until we arranged everything in the house. At that time it ...
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2answers
48 views

How far apart should I space Thuja 'Green Giant'?

If I wanted to plant several Thuja plicata x standishii 'Green Giant', how far apart should they be placed, or does it matter? Some evergreens seem to like being planted close together (and growing ...
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1answer
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Can I successfully over-seed a lawn in the Spring in Colorado?

My lawn is old and in desperate need of over-seeding. Many people in my area (Denver, Colorado) say to do it in the Fall. My thinking is that in the Fall the lawn areas are very dry and that aerating ...
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1answer
29 views

Can I save the seeds of Maiden Grass?

I have some Miscanthus sinensis 'Gracillimus' growing, and I've always propagated it by division. I'm interested to start some from seed, as this will produce a large, uniform crop, even if it takes ...
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1answer
178 views

Are cockroaches pests in the compost heap?

I dug up my compost pile last weekend. it is made of aerated concrete blocks, just layed in a square, no cement. located on the rooftop of our 4 stories building, located in Hong Kong. Beside the ...
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How do you collect and keep cucumber seeds for planting the next year?

So I see there are seeds in cucumbers. But they're always so soft that I don't notice them when I eat the cucumbers. I'm assuming that means the seeds are just young and not ready to be collected yet ...
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Does a Japanese maple require special care when a post-hole is dug in the root system?

I need to put a post down to support a carport. The post would be embedded in a concrete block approx. 60cm x 60cm. This is 3 metres from the trunk of a Japanese Maple about 5 metres tall. Is there a ...
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Are there any methods of fixing transplant shock?

It's been 2 weeks since I transplanted my chilli seedlings: Why have my chilli seedlings stopped growing? They don't seem to have gotten over their transplant shock yet. Googling seems to mostly ...
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1answer
48 views

What is the term for removing weeds from bodies of water?

A control technique before planting aquatic plants in water bodies is to remove existing water weeds. I've heard of this being called "uprooting" or "cutting" the weeds. What's the proper term?
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How Should I Take Care of These Two Phalaenopsis Orchids with Different Behaviors?

I bought a pot of Phalaenopsis Orchid while its flower was almost deada few months ago. Several weeks later I bought another pot with no flowers on it. I've been keeping both pots in the sitting room ...
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How can I identify the “type” of a rose if I don't already know what it is?

In the gardening and rose books I have they talk about different types of roses - hybrid, damask, china, tea, etc. They give a brief history of each rose type and a couple of pictures, but generally ...
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What vegetables could be planted in a limited balcony space in a subtropical environment?

I am looking to develop and maintain a small vegetable plot on my unit's balcony, the space available is approximately 2m x 1m (6ft x 3ft). Conditions: Subtropical coastal mining-port town in ...
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1answer
166 views

What is the term for this pruning technique that causes stubby, clublike branches?

These Platanus × acerifolia trees (London Planetree) were pruned to have this short, stubby branch structure. What is this called, and how is is done?
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Can I graft a branch of a sweet orange onto a sour orange tree to get sweet fruit?

I have two old citrus trees, one bears sweet navel-type oranges and the other has hundreds of impossibly sour, tiny oranges. Would it be possible to chop off a branch from the sweet tree and attach ...
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1answer
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Does Thai muskmelon (AKA Thai best or Tang Thai) do well in a dry climate?

I read about a kind of melon called Thai best. I think it's popular in Thailand. Anyway, that's where it comes from. According to websites online, fruits mature extremely quickly (60 to 65 days after ...
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1answer
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What's the difference between corms, bulbs, and tubers?

Some plants, such as tulips, daffodils, and onions, grow from bulbs. Others, such as crocosmia, gladiolus, and taro, grow from corms. And then there are tuberous plants, such as potatoes, dahlias, and ...
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How can I get weed seeds out of a gravel bed?

The side of my house has a small gravel bed that abuts the lawn. It is mostly choked with weeds and was in poor shape when we bought the place last year. I want to dig it up, put down new fabric and ...
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2answers
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Do sumacs transplant well?

We are having difficulty sourcing sumacs (Rhus copallinum) larger than 6-7' locally, so we are considering digging some from an old field. We can find 8-10' plants in the ground fairly readily. Are ...
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1answer
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Will tulips survive a winter in USDA zone 5 when planted in a boat?

Will tulip bulbs survive if I plant them in a boat in USDA zone 5? This boat sits in my front yard and I plant annuals in it every year. It was my mother's boat and holds sentimental value. I was ...
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What's the difference between annual, biennial, and perennial plants?

Before deciding whether to purchase a plant, and how best to plan where to place it, the basic knowledge of how long it lives and how often it blooms is a necessity. What's the difference between ...
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What is apical dominance?

When pruning trees, most notably conifers, you must be aware of a phenomenon known as 'apical dominance', when choosing your pruning technique, and selecting shoots for the permanent structure. What ...
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What is this woody plant with spicy, citrus flavored twigs?

I was out hiking today, and, as I often do, I absentmindedly chewed on twigs that I broke off from around shoulder height. I noticed that one twig had a spicy, citrus flavor. It reminded me of ...
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What is this tiny plant with multiple leaves and small white tubercles scattered over its leaves?

Could you please help me with identifying the following plant? It's a tiny one, smaller than a forefinger. It has multiple dark green leaves, with small white tubercles scattered over each leaf. The ...
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Landscape 2D CADD program

I have used dynascape as a program when drawing for a non profit organization. Since I volunteer my time and do not use the program for commercial or profit I simply can't afford the cost of the ...

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