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Which gloves to avoid getting hurt by thorns

When you manipulate weed and stuff you can easily get hurt by thorns. Is there a type of garden gloves to avoid and a type to favor for reliable protection?
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What are some of the best fast-growing trees for both shade and fruit/nuts?

I want to grow a bunch of trees in my garden for shade. Which trees will grow fast and are also useful for fruits or nuts?. By the way, I am in South India - Chennai (Madras)
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Using Sunflowers as living bean poles

About a month ago I got the idea to try growing pole beans (Kentucky Wonder) and using my sunflowers as support instead of bothering to put up a trellis. Of course it wasn't until after I bought the ...
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Apricots falling off tree

Our apricot tree is about 5 years old. It produced awesome big apricots last year, but this year they are dropping off the tree at the size of a quarter. It looks like the stems that connect the ...
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How to handle insects in standing water

Here in Texas, we've been getting an unusual amount of rain. Large parts of my yard have been having a hard time trying to dry out, with some visible water standing just below the grass level. I've ...
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Best tool to remove weeds

I have different types of weed in my garden, some 50cm tall of more. What's the best (and cheapest) tool to remove those?
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A good trailing plant to hid a used, but ugly table

I have a table in my garden with a couple of shelves in it. It's pretty unattractive and the stuff on the shelves doesn't look too good either. Is there a good plant that that would cover this up? ...
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What is this houseplant with white-speckled red and green leaves?

I have a houseplant that was given to me. It was mostly dead when I first got it but it has a tree-like branch that the foliage grows from with red and green leaves, red underneath, and white ...
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Can someone identify this?

I tried my hand at growing New Zealand Spinach this year. I sowed several seeds and they all came up, but a few of them do not look like the others! I don't want to accidentally eat something I ...
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Installing a DIY drip system

I have a practical question about a garden irrigation system I'm thinking about creating. Instead of connecting this "drip system" to my faucet which only has expensive water from the government, I'd ...
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What is causing white spots and wilting on my Black Naga leaves?

I have some chili plants which are two and a half months old. Most of them seem fine except one. A few days ago, one of my Black Naga plants started having these weird white spots on a few leaves (not ...
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Plant identification?

Can anyone identify this plant? I bought a house and this is growing great as ground cover. I would like to plant more if I can identify it. If it helps, I live in Pennsylvania. The flowers just ...
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What is this plant producing blacks seeds in a calyx like a Physalis but isn't one?

I found seeds on the street on a windy day in February and believed it to be a physalis. Having sown them and seeing the seedlings now, I'm sure it isn't what I expected, but what is it? I was ...
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Can I save this tree?

I think it's a peach tree if it matters. Most of the top branches are dead, as seen in the picture. The only live branches are sprouting very close to the gound. Is there any way to save it and get it ...
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White fuzzy weed ID

What is this white fuzzy weed? They are covering my land, and surrounding, in middle New Mexico. It's an arid, desert climate, with lots of rain recently. The plant varies from 2 to 4 inches across. ...
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My basil stems are cracking and turning brown

I'm growing Basil indoors hydroponically. Most of my plants look fine (other than them tipping over because I used too small net cups and/or didn't pin them in), but some of the stems appear to be ...
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How to trim a Bleeding Heart?

We have a Lamprocapnos spectabilis or Bleeding Heart plant which has become quite large. I need to trim it back some. Does this type of plant receive getting pruned very well? How much can I trim it ...
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Why do the leaves on my black fig tree have white patches?

I bought a fig tree from a local DIY store. It has started developing these white patches. Does anybody know what they indicate?
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Will my Black Bamboo survive winter outside, zone 6

I live in Louisville, KY. Zone 6. I have a newly planted baby black bamboo plant in a large pot. I'm curious if I don't bring it in in the winter if this will completely die out and I'll have to start ...
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Can I use lawn clippings to mulch my vegetable garden?

Our lawn grows crazy-fast and if I'm too slow between mowings, I leave a thick trail of grass clippings on the lawn. So two questions: Can I use these to mulch my vegetable garden? Are there any ...
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What are these dark green, leafy, vegetable plants?

I think at least one of them is kale?
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Is it okay to line the top of a container with plastic to hold water inside?

One of the problems with container gardening in my area is that you generally have to water the plants every single day in the summer (except on occasion) or else they have a high likelihood of dying ...
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Need Help Identifying Mystery Berry

Anyone know what these berries are? I wasn't able to get a good closeup with my phone, but they have a crevice on one side, similar to the "butt" shape of a peach. EDIT When I took the original ...
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Black spots, curling leaves on potatoes, help identify problem

First, some relevant information: I am growing Yukon Gold potatoes. I am in hardiness zone 6b. The weather over the last month has been dryer than normal for the area I am in (Northeastern US). I ...
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What is the white substance on my hibiscus?

We live in Southwest Florida. About a month ago, or maybe a little longer, I trimmed back our hibiscus plants. Today, I just noticed this mass of white, almost looks powdery, substance on the branches ...
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Why did my young cucumbers turn yellow and fall off?

My baby cucumbers turned yellow and fell off. I have 2 cucumber plants that produced 8 cucumbers each, however, the other flowers with small cucumbers turned yellow and fell off. What causes that ...
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How do I turn a plastic stock tank into a vermicomposter?

We have a Rubbermaid, plastic stock-tank. It has an unfixable crack in it and we've been saving it incase we could find a future use for it. I've just started getting into composting and I plan to ...
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irrigation setup for a newly planted 15 foot cherry tree and 15 foot river birch

I have a newly planted 15 foot cherry tree. I am setting up an irrigation system. How often and how much water should I give the tree? I also have a newly planted 15 foot river birch , same question.
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When should I transplant tomato seedlings to a home-made upside down planter?

I have cherry tomatoes seedlings that have started to pop up. when should I put them in my upside down home-made planter? Does the stalk have to be a certain thickness? Is there any info on when we ...
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Can a black pine be dug in late May during candle growth?

We need to have 15 black pines in the 12 - 14' range dug for a client. The nursery says they'd like to wait 3 weeks or more until the candles harden off more. Due to construction and staging ...
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Is this bush dying?

I'm not sure what this bush is called, but it appears that one side of it isn't leafing out. Can anybody offer some insight on this?
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What do I need to do to turn a branch into a tree?

Long story short, I have obtained two branches from a small tree (might have been 8 feet tall, no thicker than that was stripped of its branches by the snow over the winter. I would like to regrow ...
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1answer
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What is a suitable age for Good Teak tree?

I was just thinking of growing 4-5 teak trees in my backyard garden as an investment. Does any one know whats a good age for a teak tree to be cut down to be sold ? I just figured since we have a ...
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Should my Gaillardia be emerging by now, in Zone 6?

I live in Massachusetts, Zone 6. Last July I bought a beautiful Gaillardia Arizona Sun. It bloomed all summer and into the fall. According to what I was told, as well as my online research, it's a ...
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Are Daminix tick tubes locally effective in controlling ticks?

This is a very appealing option for low impact tick control, but do they actually diminish the local tick populations significantly? Do they control more than just the deer tick?
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Foamy liquid on plant's stems with green larvae or bug inside - pest or no problem

Every year in May/June I'm observing on different plants, such as strawberries, lavender (pictured below) and different weeds, a foamy liquid containing a green insect or a larvae. At first I thought ...
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How to install irrigation for an unstructured garden

Last year my wife and I were veggie gardening rookies: I built a 4'x8' raised garden bed out of cedar, we planted, and actually didn't do half bad. At the end of the season we spoke with a "master ...
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Is there an irrigation trencher that can create sloped trenches?

Unable to find any well suited trencher for digging ditches for irrigation pipes to be laid into. It seems there are no models on the market that would take care of the slanting for us. All models are ...
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What bamboo is best for outdoor pots?

We live on Long Island in NY (USDA zone 7a) and want to use bamboo in planters near the front of our house. It would need to be cold hardy as we can't bring them in in the winter. Form would follow ...
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Corkscrew Willow Bark Peeling and Bugs

We have a Corkscrew Willow tree which currently has bark peeling off. We took the rest of the bark off to allow the tree to dry (to prevent moisture in the tree). I was wondering if we need to spray ...
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What kind of caterpillar is this?

About 2 cm (when I found them). They are olive green. They have a black head, and black dots on the side, around the spiracles. They are not hairy. If I counted right, they have three pairs of prolegs ...
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Should I keep tulip bulbs that didn't flower this year, or replace them with new?

My tulip bulbs have not made any flowers this spring, maybe due to lack of sun and/or phosphorus. Is there any chance they will make flowers next year if I give them phosphorus and more sun, or should ...
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Should I trim dead shoots from a Croton grown as a houseplant?

I have a potted plant that started growing some new shoots. However, I think they died. Should I just leave them alone, or try to trim them, remove them, etc? The plant is a croton.
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How many strawberry plants can you plant in a 10" hanging basket?

I have a couple of extra plastic 10" hanging baskets and soil and I'd like to plant some more strawberries. Likely some sort of everbearing variety like Evie that I'll get as bare root plants. How ...
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What is this bush with five-petalled white flowers?

More importantly, is it poison oak? It has 3 leaves... It's located in Maryland. Click photo for full size
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Why did my onion heads turn brown after planting?

My spring onion heads turned yellow. Once I set spring onions in the soil, the heads turned brown and they are growing slowly with yellow leaves. It's summer season in my country. My soil is a mix ...
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How can I straighten this crooked tree?

The landscapers left us with this tree which is growing crooked. The trunk is still pretty supple and you can straighten it manually, but it returns to being bent as soon as you let go of it. I ...
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What is this plant I was told to be a sort of Mentha?

The leaves are from the south of Russia (somewhere around Anapa, Krasnodar Krai) and I was told this was a sort of Mentha. I doubt that, given the leaves are so large. It does have a smell, but, ...
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What is this purple flower in my garden

What plant is this? It popped up in my garden. It looks like it might be a geranium, but I can't find it in the various lists I browsed. It's about 50 cm (20") high in total with flowers on stalks, ...

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