1
vote
1answer
50 views

What's wrong with this dwarf white pine?

This pinus strobus nana is about four years old and has done very poorly this year. Alkaline clay base soil with a full sun, south exposure and a mulch of pine needles. The soil has a ph of a little ...
2
votes
1answer
42 views

What evergreens will tolerate alkaline clay soil in USDA zone 4?

Although the area where I live is famed for it's white pine they grow in sandy soils. My garden has a thin skim of topsoil over six feet of compact alkaline (ph 7) clay. My dwarf white pine is doing ...
2
votes
2answers
53 views

Will rhizomes that have been in the fridge still grow?

I have some galangal, ginger and turmeric that have been sitting in the fridge. Is it still possible to get them to grow, and if so, how? Update: I tried ginger, tumeric and galangal. Initially I ...
4
votes
1answer
54 views

What is this pest on my hydroponic basil and how can I remove it?

Here are some snapshots of hydroponic basil growing in Thailand. Within a week I've had some pest, it looks like some tiny dark-red arachnids, spinning web on young leaves and crawling mostly on the ...
2
votes
2answers
62 views

What are these crystal specs on/in my Earthgro potting soil?

I purchased "Earthgro potting soil" today and I noticed something odd. When i was patting down the soil, I looked at my hands and saw what seemed to be like crystal specs. They look like small tiny ...
5
votes
2answers
79 views

What are the consequences of espalier on a non dwarf tree?

I read a recommendation that espalier should be performed with trees grafted onto dwarf roots. What challenges or problems can I expect if I don't use a dwarf tree? If it makes a difference, I'm ...
3
votes
2answers
336 views

Why have my chilli seedlings stopped growing?

6 days ago, I repotted some chilli seedlings after they started showing their 3rd pair of leaves. They were the biggest seedlings at the time. Since then they seemed to have stopped growing. These are ...
4
votes
1answer
132 views

What is this flower that smells like a skunk?

This has been blooming in the sun in my yard in Massachusetts for the past two weeks. We've only lived here since last spring and since I didn't plant it, I'm guessing it's a perennial. What's ...
5
votes
3answers
177 views

Can I plant tulip or daffodil bulbs in 6" of soil, over a concrete foundation?

I have recently bought a house and I was planning a small tulip patch. I dug my ideal area on the backyard, 6" deep, just to discover I had chosen the spot where an old foundation had been covered ...
3
votes
2answers
158 views

Stone Degree Cut for Fire Pit

I am building a fire pit out of Square driveway type stones. I am trying to figure out at what degree I need to cut them to make them fit together in a circle tight. The squares are 9.75" Sq. How do ...
9
votes
1answer
790 views

Is it possible to recycle a Jack-o'-lantern into compost?

Since pumpkins are organic material, I'm assuming it would be okay to add them to a composting pile. Is there any reason as to why pumpkins shouldn't be composted?
2
votes
1answer
58 views

Can I dig up a wilting Begonia in the garden and turn it into a houseplant?

I live in Massachusetts and have some begonias that have been very happy all summer planted in a mostly shady area of my garden. The recent cold nights have caused the flowers to fall and the leaves ...
1
vote
0answers
51 views

What is this grass and how prevalent is vivipary in grasses?

We noticed some seedlings emerging from the flower head of an unidentified grass flower head yesterday. None of us had seen this before and we wondered how common it was and if it is more prevalent ...
5
votes
1answer
63 views

How do I treat and care for trees infested with borers?

One of my apple trees recently started to look like it's dying (leaves dying when they shouldn't, bark peeling, lack of fruit, new branches growing and then quickly dying). My neighbor looked at it ...
3
votes
2answers
84 views

How can I keep my cycad from growing too large?

For the first year, my cycad was a stout and aesthetic little plant. But then its annual fronds shot out. And they kept shooting out. And today the plant looks like this: Each frond is about 2 feet ...
4
votes
2answers
47 views

How can I check quality of sprinkler blowouts?

We just had our sprinklers blown out, and are starting to suspect the quality of the work we got. Within 5 minutes of discovering that we had a blowout scheduled, our fee was charged and the guy ...
2
votes
1answer
44 views

What is the ideal state of symbiotic balance in soil called?

I have been looking into organic gardening recently and I remember seeing something that I found very interesting. It had to do with the soil being in perfect balance with bacteria, insects, and the ...
2
votes
1answer
69 views

What is this carefree succulent flowering potted plant?

Anyone know what plant this is? It was planted in a large pot a long time ago by a friend. The dirt in the pot has not been changed for years! It blooms around the summer time and stays till mid ...
2
votes
1answer
158 views

What is this invasive vine/creeper with round, variegated leaves?

From what I can tell it's a pretty invasive plant. It's been growing in my New York backyard for decades. It has not come to my attention until recently, now that I have picked up gardening. It has ...
0
votes
1answer
74 views

What is this vine with cordate, alternate leaves?

Someone in US gave this plant to my friend who lives in Vietnam, to cure his cancer. It was grown in the US. What is this plant?
8
votes
3answers
384 views

What are some good vegetables for a beginner, and how do I find quality seeds?

I have taken a recent interest in gardening, particularly growing herbs and vegetables. I don't know much, but I'm going to wing it and learn from trial and error. I have a few questions that I ...
3
votes
3answers
49 views

What birdseed can I use to attract native birds in Houston, TX, that won't attract squirrels?

I'd like to know what kind of bird seed would be good for the birds in the Houston area without attracting pests or creating a harmful environment for my garden. I've tried going to the local pet ...
1
vote
2answers
91 views

Hedge plant (Photinia Robusta) looks like it is dying. Is there anything I can do?

The plant (in the foreground of the picture) appears to be dying after a storm last tuesday. The leaves has got a darkish colour, and the flowers are turning brownish. They are supposed to be bright ...
3
votes
1answer
34 views

How to care for columbines before winter (Zone 5-6)?

I just moved to a new house and I have noticed a nice patch of columbines. I love columbines so I would love to have them back next spring. I live in Toronto (Zone 5-6). I was wondering what should ...
0
votes
0answers
26 views

When to dig out carrots for consumption at the latest in autumn? [duplicate]

Starting from which temperature it doesn't make sense anymore to keep carrots in the ground if their final destination is consumption? I'm in the midst of autumn here and last week we had still 20 ...
5
votes
1answer
81 views

What is this plant with white flowers found in the German Alps?

The picture was taken in the German Alps in about 1500m. What is it? Click for full-size
5
votes
1answer
253 views

What is this pink flowering alpine shrub?

What's the name of this plant and where can one find it? The picture is taken in the Austrian Alps in maybe 2500m. Click image for full size
5
votes
1answer
85 views

What is killing my moss?

We have great moss growing between and on the bricks on a patio on the north side of our house. It always seems to do well. This fall I slipped on what I thought was mud, but actually appears to be ...
4
votes
1answer
39 views

Is asparagus deer resistant?

I love the idea of edible landscapes, and asparagus is a nice early season treat that can wind up looking great in certain areas. BUT I don't want to waste time planting it all over if the deer are ...
1
vote
0answers
41 views

In ground dog composters, are they effective? [closed]

Looking on the internet, I see a lot of plans for an underground dog waste composting systems. They basically all consist of a well drained barrel like container, buried underground, with a small ...
3
votes
2answers
111 views

What happens when a chainsaw chain meets a nail or piece of steel wire when cutting through wood?

Assuming any of the following: there's an unnoticed steel nail in a log used in some structure or there's an unnoticed steel nail in a tree body (often happens when people attach illegal ads to ...
2
votes
2answers
74 views

What is the name of this houseplant, and how can I prevent it from drying out?

One of my friends gave me this plant as present about two weeks ago. Now it`s starting to dry out, while retaining green leaves (without yellowing). At first I watered it every day, but now water it ...
1
vote
1answer
28 views

Amending a barren yard with compost: dedicated weed barrier or no?

I've got a pretty typically barren New Mexico (zone 7a) yard, and I'm thinking of trying some intensive amendment to control weeds, improve the soil, and add some visual interest. What I've read here ...
3
votes
1answer
61 views

Identify potted plant growing too tall (>8-9 ft)

My parents have had this plant probably around 15-20 years now, during which it has spent its time slowly growing upwards while the bottom leaves drop off and don't regrow. It's traditionally been ...
3
votes
2answers
84 views

What size of rocks are worth sifting out of a garden?

I'm sifting out rocks in my garden, which I'm pretty sure used to be a gravel lot. I'm wanting to grow root vegetables like radishes and carrots, so I don't want them having to push rocks out of the ...
4
votes
2answers
47 views

How far down do I need to dig when sifting out rocks from a garden?

I'm still working on sifting through an area of my backyard in order to make a garden for next year. I'm pretty sure it used to be a gravel lot, since all the rocks are the ones found in gravel ...
2
votes
1answer
42 views

Why are there yellow patches on yard?

I am in California where we have a drought. Both my front and back yard seem to be holding with watering twice a week but both have odd yellow dead areas while the rest is green. The contrast with ...
3
votes
1answer
60 views

Help me to identify these two trees in my back yard?

I have two trees in my backyard that I need help identifying. My home is in Port Saint Lucie, which is on the eastern coast of the southern half of Florida. Hardiness zone 10a. My home backs into a ...
2
votes
2answers
54 views

Which high-desert-friendly tree should I plant beside my driveway?

My property (New Mexico, climate zone 7a) has a patch of ground between my driveway and a fence that's begging for a tree to be there. It's about 11 feet wide. Apparently a tree was there before, as ...
1
vote
1answer
45 views

Am I overseeding my lawn properly? Should I do something differently?

I am new to overseeding. I just spread the seed on the lawn, and am watering it. Is that okay? Should I do something differently? And:
2
votes
2answers
30 views

How should I care for a sunburned coffee plant?

We have a coffee plant which lives indoors. Our house is reasonably dark so every now and then we take it outside when the sun isn't very bright. A week or so ago, the sun suddenly came out while we ...
1
vote
1answer
82 views

What is this vine with clusters of black berries, found in Southern Illinois?

I've been working on controlling the edge of my backyard, since it borders a wooded area, and there's a bunch of invasive vines growing everywhere. While I was chopping back some of the underbrush, I ...
2
votes
0answers
34 views

How can I kill Aegapodium for good? [duplicate]

We're slowly losing our fight against Aegopodium (snow on the mountains). The specific name is Aegopodium podagraria, though we think of it as Aegopodium obnoxiosio. Tilling the bejabbers out of it ...
1
vote
1answer
29 views

What are some deer resistant edible plants?

I was browsing a gardening store online, and I came across a berry that it advertised as 'deer resistant' (the purple beautyberry). This made me laugh (gladly; not mockingly), because nothing seems to ...
1
vote
1answer
73 views

Is it normal for palm trees to drip a brown gummy sap?

Our apartment in Tenerife has palm trees surrounding it and these trees are continuously dripping a brown gummy substance, we presume from their leaves, onto our tiled floor. We are informed that ...
3
votes
0answers
45 views

How much should I water an avocado plant guided by a moisture meter?

I have a moisture meter that registers readings from 0.0 to 9.9 (driest to wettest). I cannot find a listing for a potted avocado tree. Can you give me info as to what percentage is optimal for the ...
2
votes
1answer
64 views

Are these trees some type of poplar?

Here are a few pictures of some trees in my yard. I am trying to determine what type they are. I'm fairly certain they are some type of poplar tree. But I am not sure of the specific type. This is in ...
2
votes
0answers
30 views

What's happening to my tomato plant leaves? [duplicate]

Can you help me identify what this is on my tomato plant leaves? It's like inside the leaf..you can't feel it by touching the leaf. If the info helps, the plants are in a container.
4
votes
1answer
89 views

Is it unhealthy to rotate houseplants? [duplicate]

A couple of my succulents have bent as they've grown over the past year or so. I suspect they're "reaching" for sunlight (they're next to a window, bending southward, and I live in the northern ...
3
votes
2answers
92 views

Can someone identify this white flowering plant?

click for original picture context Can someone help me identify this plant that resembles honeysuckle?

15 30 50 per page