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Can the roots of a Redwood tree lift up the foundation of my house?

I have a large (80 years old) Redwood Tree in my front yard, approximately 10 feet from the house. My house is a ranch style house and I can see the roots of the tree go under the house in the front ...
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How fast does human manure turn into compost?

I want to try turning human manure (humanure) into compost. How much time does it take to become compost? Or how much time it takes the compost to become humus, ready to be used as a fertilizer? ...
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What caused the leaf scorch on my Dracaena deremensis 'Lemon Lime' and what should I do about it?

I have a Dracaena deremensis 'Lemon Lime' in my office. Several month ago it began to show leaf scorches. The gardener that sold it suggested it could be a symptom of sun burns. I then moved the ...
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How should I care for this houseplant to prevent wilting?

Is anyone familiar on the name of this plant? I seem to have problems with it wilting during the day, with or without sunlight. I water this regularly during the day and started applying complete ...
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Is dolgo crabapple a dwarfing rootstock?

Emerald Spire crabapple is produced by grafting onto Dolgo crabapple stock. I know that apples are commonly grafted onto crabapple rootstocks to dwarf them. On a Dolgo root stock the tree nominally ...
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What can I do with unripe tomatoes when prepping a bed for winter?

I have about 12-14 healthy tomato plants that I have uprooted and chopped up to till back in for their nutrients, but I'm wondering if I can do anything with the 20+ green (unripe) tomatoes that ...
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How can I get rid of a bush, without digging into the ground?

I recently made my annual visit to my grandparents' graves. While there, I couldn't help but notice that the plant that my great-aunt had planted by my great-grandparents' grave was overgrown to the ...
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Milk powder (for automatic coffee machines) as fertilizer?

I have plenty of out-of-date milk powder for automatic coffee machines (powdered skimmed milk obtained through hot air drying followed by agglomeration process; sole ingredient: powdered skimmed ...
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Is early October too late to plant a Pussy Willow in southern Ontario?

I have a pussy willow that has rooted. It was part of a floral arrangement that I used to stage my condo while I was selling it. Now I have moved to a house with a garden so I would love to plant the ...
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Chili leaves yellowing

I have a plant of habanero chocolate. In August it had very beautiful leaves, with an intense green color: It was in a tiny pot, so I decided to transplant it in a bigger vase, filled with a mix of ...
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Blueberry leaves that curl and then brown

I live in Sunset zone 17. I purchased a pair of blueberries in February. I transplanted them into five gallon pots, and used a mix of potting soil and coconut coir that drains pretty well. I also ...
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How do I breed Black eyed Susans?

I've recently acquired a nice-sized Black eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta) plant. But unfortunately I've only got one, when I would like to have several. How would I go about multiplying this plant?
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Compost bins: how deep is too deep?

We have two compost bins, roughly 1m x 1m x 1m each. We fill the "primary" bin and then turn it into the "secondary" bin. We stopped catching our lawn clippings about a year ago so we're having to ...
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Pumpkins survive and continue to produce but fruit went rotten after some development

I seeded some "atlantic giant" pumpkins in april, in a big lawn at full sun for all day long. They started to grow and to flower, and after some time they started to produce some pumpkins. They grew ...
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Should I remove the suckers from the base of my new tree?

I bought a new tree this summer. Lately I've been seeing this little sprouts coming out of the very base of the tree. Should I chop them off or leave them? What will happen to them over time? Also, ...
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What are the names of these two succulent plants?

I want to know the name of these two plants and how to care for them?
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How effective are praying mantis in keeping a garden clear of pests?

I was wondering if anyone has had any experience with using praying mantises for pest control, and what kinds of pests could be managed with them?
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Do any plants add nutrients back into the soil as they grow?

It seems reasonable that there ought to be at least a few symbiotic plant varieties that benefit from improving soil condition for other plants. If not that, are there plants that essentially improve ...
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How can I control mint rust?

Sharing knowledge here: Since I live in the San Francisco Fog Belt, I suffer from a variety of soil-borne funguses, including mint rust. In fact, mint rust is so severe that in the past I've had to ...
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What are some good combinations of plants & practices for raised beds to maximize efficiency/output?

As an example of what I am asking I provided one answer: Lettuce/spinach grow well in the empty spaces around the base of pepper plants. Pepper plants don't grow too tall and aren't ...
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How effective are non-chemical controls for non-biting midges?

For the second season in a row, a number of our clients in one particular neighborhood are plagued by non-biting midges. We are talking virtually complete coverage on some surfaces, and when disturbed ...
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Is it beneficial to drop earthworms or red wrigglers into container plants?

Maybe it isn't worth much in smaller containers but at what size might this become beneficial? How many worms? Would I need to layer the bottom with additional food for them to eat? Would what the ...
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Is it possible to have an odorless/near odorless indoor vermicompost?

Is it possible to have an odorless/near odorless indoor vermicompost system? Somewhere in the range of 3-7 gallons. What about purposing something like this on the scale of 65 gallons? Does size ...
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71 views

Does a luxmeter provide an accurate measurement of usable light?

Does a luxmeter provide an accurate measurement of usable light? What values constitute equivalents of 'shade', 'part sun/shade', 'full sun', etc?
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What is the optimal LED wattage for a single bell pepper plant?

I plan on topping it to keep the canopy wide. I am most concerned with getting an LED fixture that doesn't fully activate photosynthesis. Granted I know that wattage isn't the best way to determine ...
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Is it OK to use human waste or spent cat litter for fertilizing edibles?

Is it OK to use human waste or spent cat litter directly into the soil where you grow fruits and vegetables?
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How long can a bell pepper plant thrive while maintained indoors?

I haven't found anything stating that the plant dies off after producing fruit and it is my understanding that if I keep the environmental conditions correct, continue manual pollination, and add ...
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Organic soil/fertilizer setup for container carrots

I am growing 36 carrots in a 18" square container that is 14" deep. I know I have enough room for them but am more worried about whether there will be enough nutrition in the soil to carry them ...
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Which is this plant with purple flowers and elongated, opposite leaves?

Found this plant in a nursery around Central India. Not sure whether this is an indoor or outdoor plant. Want to know the species and tips about its upkeep
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What are good organic phosphorus sources for fruiting plants, other than rock phosphate or animal products?

I know the norm is to use rock phosphate or bone meal but I can't find rock phosphate in my area and it's expensive to ship because of the weight. I'm not able to use an animal product like bone or ...
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Should I be concerned about twisted galls on my lombardy poplar trees?

We have lots of large twisted galls on our lombardy poplar trees' leaf stems. I've heard that twisted galls on poplar trees are not a threat to the tree. So, I'm not worried about them killing the ...
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1answer
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Is it important to deal with gall wasps on oak trees? If so, what is the best method?

Gall wasps are a common problem here on the east end of Long Island. Oaks are a dominant species around here, and many clients rely on them for shade around their houses and yards. What should be done ...
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Can the castor oil plant (Ricinus communis) build up toxicity in my soils?

I am doing some experimentation with Ricinus communis, which I know contains the toxin Ricin. Through my own experience and research I am not concerned with interacting with the plant or touching it. ...
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Should I remove old rotten tree roots or leave them in place when I regrade my yard?

We just demolished an old shed (we recently bought the house) and we found old rotten tree roots hidden under this shed. (it is the main root and its ramifications) What should I do with it? My ...
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Why are my tree ferns' leaves drying out and dying?

I have several large tree ferns that are dying. The leaves are turning brown, not one at a time, all together, and then dying. It seems to be spreading to other ferns in my yard. They have been here ...
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What is this South African plant with broad, waxy leaves and shiny berries that ripen to red?

Click any image for full size *The flowers that can be seen in photo 3 are not from this plant, but from a neighbouring tree. This plant is growing outside our offices in Johannesburg, South ...
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What is this large plant with spikes of hot pink bracts and lavender, trumpet shaped flowers, that's growing in South Africa?

This photo was taken mid-April in the Southern hemisphere, so Autumn. It's about 2m tall, growing in full sun, and is in Pretoria, South Africa.
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How can I determine the variety of an apple tree that hasn't fruited?

Perhaps 10 years ago I planted several apple trees on my farm. These may have been bought at the local blue or orange store and I've long since forgotten the varieties planted. I didn't keep such ...
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1answer
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How much water should I give a mung bean each day?

I have a mung bean plant I'm growing in my home that's about 10 centimeters tall now. How much water should I be giving the plant each day in order for it to grow? I would like to know the amount in ...
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Can I use cedar hog fuel instead of clean fill to bring up my soil line?

I have a really uneven property, but I'm not a big fan of clean fill. Can I use cedar hog fuel instead of the fill? My plan is put around 12"- 24" of cedar hog fuel and put on the top about 6"-12" of ...
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Should I plant a Common Hackberry tree in my front yard for shade?

My front yard (in Northern New Mexico, zone 7a) is in desperate need of a shade tree. The soil is relatively poor and there's not a lot of water. I'm making a list of trees that I think would work in ...
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Dormant Spray and Whitewash

I have a couple young cherry trees in pots that seem to have a shothole fungus problem, which I'm told I can clear up by treating with a dormant spray after all the leaves fall off. I would also like ...
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What are the uptake and decay rates for Spectracide® Weed Stop® for Lawns?

Once a lawn has been treated with Spectracide® Weed Stop® for Lawns how long are the active ingredients 'active'? Do some decay faster then others? Following the links from the Manufactures site ...
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Why is my Sunshine Blue blueberry bush flowering in the fall?

I live in the San Juan Islands in the US Pacific N.W. and planted my Sunshine Blue this spring in a container. It only had 10 or so berries which I understand is OK for a first year plant. It is ...
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Should I prune a Venus Flytrap to prevent it from digesting itself?

My Venus Flytrap is quite crowded, there are traps under traps and I've noticed one clamped over the stems of another. Should I prune it? Will it digest itself?
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Can anyone tell me what this plant is? [duplicate]

I cannot find out what this plant is called. It blooms bright red leaves that eventually turn green.
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Can I use tap water as an alternative to rain water on my Venus fly trap?

Can I leave tap water to stand outside in order for the fluorine and other baddies in tap water to evaporate? Could I boil it for the same result?
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Can I graft elderberries (Sambucus)?

I have some Sambucus Peruviana, which gives a beautiful white flower that I boil to make a soothing drink for sore throats. It also gives a nice berry that can be snacked on. I see online that there ...
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Is there an enzyme/compound I can use to quickly rot fallen fruit?

I have two crabapple trees that drop crabapples down every year. They get awfully gooey and sticky and make walking through my yard barefoot a terrible ordeal. Is there some sort of enzyme or chemical ...
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What is this young shrub with opposite ovate, crenate leaves and reddish stems?

I found this plant growing in my garden in the crack between two retaining wall blocks. it's currently about 14" (35cm) tall and has grown this year. it seems to branch freely; the one pictured has ...

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