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How can I measure the pH of my soil?

I was told to measure the pH of my soil to help identify some of the symptoms on my vegetable plants. Does anyone have recommendations of a device I can purchase to measure soil pH?
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3answers
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Can compost be used as mulch?

I have vegetables growing in raised beds. In response to another question I posted, someone recommended adding mulch. Can I use home made compost as mulch or would I need something purchased from a ...
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0answers
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How can I transplant sprouts growing from a Mimosa stump?

I cut down a mimosa tree and now there are tiny sprouts coming out of the stump. Is there any way I can transfer and plant the tiny trees somewhere else?
3
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2answers
62 views

Abnormal tomatoes on my tomato plant

I have a few tomato plants growing in a raised bed. I grew them from seeds. For some reason a few of the tomatoes don't look normal ( see pictures). Also the size of the fruit is much smaller than I ...
3
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1answer
51 views

Cucumber with bacterial wilt, what to do to save other plants?

On Saturday, my cucumbers looked perfectly healthy. On Sunday, half of one of my cucumbers had very wilty leaves. On Monday, the other half of the cucumber's leaves were all wilty. I have seen ...
5
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1answer
51 views

Should I prune this new olive tree?

I planted this tree a few months back and it's been growing rapidly in the summer sun here in Cyprus. We have average daytime temperatures of around 40 degrees C (104 degrees F) at this time of year, ...
3
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1answer
36 views

Cucumbers not producing

I have 3 cucumber plants that I started indoors from seeds. They were all off to a great start but after producing 1-2 cucumbers I noticed the don't look as healthy and leaves have turned yellow. I ...
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2answers
50 views

Is there anything that can turn azalea blooms blue mid-season?

We've used aluminum sulfate to keep azalea blooms blue in the past. This season some new guys apparently missed a fair number of azaleas in a large grouping and we have pink blooms on enough plants to ...
4
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1answer
57 views

Is my maple tree in trouble?

Location is Pacific Northwest (15 mi W of Portland, OR) A 2-inch diameter branch broke off my backyard maple tree at the trunk this afternoon. The branch had many healthy-looking leaves and seed "...
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0answers
29 views

Why Do I Have Stunted Corn?

My corn patch has resulted in mature plants that average only 2 ft. tall and tiny ripe ears. The kernels on the ears are full size (but the ears are not filled out). Water has not been an issue nor ...
3
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1answer
39 views

Help me make this drainage “ditch” look great

I have about 100 feet of flowerbed that follows a damp drainage path. The area is 100% in the sun, no shade. I would like to plant some plants along this flowerbed that don't "spread" over time - can ...
5
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1answer
66 views

What's this white bug?

I found these white bugs on my Carolina Reaper plant last week. They seem to leave white webs/fluff behind them, as you can see in the picture. From what I've read online, they appear to me to be ...
3
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1answer
29 views

Why are hoes manufactured with both inside and outside edge bevels?

Hoes are manufactured with both inside and outside edge bevels. The most authoritative guide I see on sharpening is from the US Forest Service and describes an inside bevel in all except one case. ...
4
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1answer
40 views

What flower is this?

I can't identify this flower that has been previously here in the garden since I have moved. Here's a photo. .
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0answers
20 views

Growing avocado from seed

The first time ever my avocado seed grew a root so when it got really long I planted it and then nothing and I thought I had killed it so while in the dirt I broke off part of the seed just to find ...
2
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1answer
32 views

What's this little reddish beetle?

They are plentiful right now, which tends to make me suspicious. I'm noticing them around the Brussels sprouts and zucchini, but they may be congregating elsewhere too.
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0answers
34 views

Sketchup objects and Visio Stencils for master plan designing for my garden [closed]

This is the start of a long journey for me and hopefully it will end with a good looking garden. Short term objective: create the layout and select the plants. Long term...implement the above, so you ...
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0answers
15 views

Can you help me identify this plant with white flowers? [duplicate]

Do you know what is this plant ? The one I saw whas about 1 meter high and was growing near an artificial pond.
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1answer
42 views

Tiny Yellow spots on Dracaena Refelxa Pleomele. What I am doing wrong?

It's not on all leaves, but, let's say, on 70% of the leaves. Well-drained soil. Medium-bright indirect light. I water it every two days, ~250ml water. It was fine a few days back, but now the leaves ...
1
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1answer
21 views

Help me with my Bhut Jolokia

I have a Bhut Jolokia that is supposed to be red but now turned from green to a chocolate brown and the pots are already becoming softer. Did i may get cross-polinated Seeds and a Chocolate Bhut ...
6
votes
1answer
74 views

What is this tree and will it eventually destroy my house?

I bought my house last fall. All I knew was this is a Christmas tree. I wrapped it with Christmas lights and it looked merry last winter. Come spring, it started sprouting new buds rapidly. Now it's ...
4
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0answers
35 views

Colony of tiny beetles and eggs on a dill seed

Can anyone identify this colony of what appear to be beetles I found on a dill seed? Here is my best description of the insects: nearly spherical long antennae with 4 articulated segments - last ...
3
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1answer
61 views

What is this low-growing plant with fuzzy green and gray leaves, and when can I transplant it?

I found a number of these plants tucked behind peonies, bleeding hearts and other perennials. They're primarily up against my cement foundation, and are growing in clumps. I didn't plant them, but don'...
2
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0answers
23 views

What is this plant in my garden and should I remove it? [duplicate]

We've got a plant I suspect is unwelcome growing in our front garden. This is our first time having a garden, so before doing anything about this I thought I'd ask for advice. I'm looking to find out ...
7
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1answer
58 views

Are these spider mites on my indoor eggplant?

Yes, numerous questions on the subject but I have some nice photos. These bugs are running along the webs quite freely so the webs are presumably made by them. They are on my indoor eggplant and I ...
5
votes
1answer
43 views

Tuscan tree identification

These sparsely branched trees appear all over northern Tuscany, is anyone able to help identify them?
4
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1answer
52 views

What are the benefits of putting grass in my garden, what precautions should be taken

Reworded (updated) sorry for not being clear, anyway... I have been taking dried up grass clippings from the lawn and have been using it in my garden. I have been putting it around my tomatoes, ...
3
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2answers
90 views

What are these white spots on my Purslane leaves?

I am growing Purslane as vegetables, however I noticed some white spots on the leaves. I used agriculture pesticides for aphids, whitefly and so on but nothing changed. Do you think these white dots ...
4
votes
1answer
39 views

How to prevent basil leaves from becoming black

The attached photographs show a sick basil leaf (which is turning black) compared to a healthy basil leaf from the same plant. The black leaves need to be trimmed to keep the plant healthy. What can I ...
7
votes
1answer
824 views

What does soaking hot pepper seeds in weak tea accomplish?

I have seen a few chilli tutorials mention it is a good idea to soak chilli seeds in weak tea before planting them. Why do people do this and what does it supposedly achieve?
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1answer
46 views

What should I do with damaged leaves on my Money Plant?

Some leaves on my money plant, Epipremnum aureum, have been damaged by rats. Should I cut them or leave them? If cutting them is good for the plant, from where should I cut the leaves? Here are ...
7
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0answers
76 views

Need help identificating this bee-attracting shrub

A friend of mine came back from a nearby mountain with this flower from a wild shrub that was very common in the area where he walked. The area where these are found is the west-Alps, around 1300 ...
3
votes
1answer
41 views

Why don't you want to put mint in a compost pile?

a video by UCBerkeley on youtube said that you don't want to put mint in compost, why not? He also said no bermudagrass, but I know why this is essentially due to one of their other videos.
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3answers
81 views

Why is my Cayenne pepper plant losing leaves and curling/burning at tips?

My Cayenne pepper plant has been in relatively good health until about 1 month ago (coinciding with when I harvested its one ripe pepper and also a brief brush with aphids which were eliminated using ...
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votes
1answer
54 views

When should you worry about tomato plants when they droop after transplant? [closed]

I've heard/seen tomato plants droop for a little while after planting them in bigger pots. When should you worry about your tomato plants after this happens?
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1answer
23 views

What should I do to prevent plant diseases from spreading while having them live close together?

Is there any good guidelines for how to space plants so that you can prevent plant diseases from being spread between plants, while still having them able to work together in order to pollinate each ...
4
votes
1answer
39 views

What is this white substance on my queen of the night?

I recently discovered a white substance on my queen of the night Cestrum nocturnum. I don’t know what kind of pathogen it is. Does anyone have any ideas how to deal with this? I would greatly ...
3
votes
1answer
31 views

How long should a golden pothos cutting remain in water?

About a month ago, a friend of mine gave me a cutting (around 10" with several leaves) off her golden pothos plant. Since then, I have kept it sitting in water with in view of sunlight. As far as I ...
5
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5answers
939 views

What kind of tree is this? And how can I kill it?

This tree is growing outside my office and blocking almost all the light coming into my window. I don't necessarily want to kill the tree and I can't just blatantly chop it down, but I would like to ...
3
votes
1answer
40 views

Sundew leaves are becoming brown - should I move it to a larger pot?

Three months ago, we bought this sundew in a small pot. As told by the seller, we watered it with purified water poured below the pot. Now, its leaves are becoming brown: I thought that maybe I ...
4
votes
1answer
40 views

What are the white patches on my succulent?

I recently bought this plant ( about 3 weeks before ) and replanted it in my container.I used the desert mix, I live in redwood city CA and it is placed outside and gets a lot of sun ( more than 8 hrs)...
7
votes
2answers
954 views

Has anyone seen this kind of eggs in their kale and strawberry?

I guess these are eggs of some pest which is infecting the kale and strawberry plants in our garden. Has anyone seen something similar to this? If yes, what did you do to get rid of them without any ...
6
votes
3answers
239 views

Keeping rats from eating my plants

I have many plants in my balcony, around 20, and recently my Mom has noticed that rats are eating the plants. They finished Holy Basil in one night! All leaves are gone, even the buds. They are also ...
5
votes
2answers
42 views

'Dead' Bonsai Help

My wife bought me a small tree two years ago from a Garden Show. I am unsure of the variety, sorry! It had a great summer on our decking, and was thriving. It wintered well, and came back glorious ......
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0answers
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What nutrients do Aronia normally leave in the ground, and take up?

I'm going to be planting some Aronia in a few days, and was wondering what nutrients they like, and which ones they don't, so I can do spaced out guild planting to maximizing yields.
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1answer
30 views

Should I repot the zinnia that's in a crowded pot with some marigolds?

I've always had a green thumb. Not sure how but it's natural to me. I started growing French dwarf marigolds and semi dwarf zinnias from seed early May. They're just now starting to bloom. Because I ...
3
votes
2answers
39 views

Help growing potatoes

I live in Upstate New York and planted potatoes very late in the season. Some of the potatoes have sprouted and others have not. For the one's that did not sprout, I carefully dug up my seed potatoes ...
3
votes
1answer
37 views

What tomatoes should I sucker, and which ones shouldn't I?

I'm familiar with tomatoes having two types, determinant, and indeterminant. Which ones are which, and how should I treat them differently?
12
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1answer
2k views

Since tomatoes don't need cages in the wild, how do they stay up?

I was watching a video from Jack Spirko where he said that tomatoes stay up on their own in the wild. How exactly do they stay up then?
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0answers
57 views

Why aren't my young chili plants growing?

I planted chili pepper plants about four weeks ago along with other vegetables. All the vegetables are growing, even the seeds that I planted, but the peppers have grown slightly but seem to be at a ...

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