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How do I take over a previous owners raised beds?

My fiancee and I just bought our first home and I'd like to start my journey of vegetable gardening. The previous homeowners have 3 raised beds on the South side of the house. We haven't moved in ...
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2answers
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What's the best way to take care of my potted orchid?

I have a phalaenopsis orchid at home. I have not done much to it in terms of taking care other than watering it. The base looks healthy but the top stem has dried up. What care do I need to take to ...
9
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1answer
105 views

What is this potted plant with small purple berries?

I bought this very tiny plant from a hospital. I was visiting someone and it caught my eye. It was about an inch or less high when I got it. The person in the shop told me that it was an orange ...
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2answers
371 views

Tree roots grinded near trunk

An irrigation company, in order to get to a sprinkler head and pipe, grinded several roots from my neighbors oak tree. The tree is at least 6' around at the base and the trunk divides into three ...
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1answer
28 views

Something under ladyfinger leaves

What are these small sugar crystal like thing under my ladyfingers leaves?
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2answers
49 views

Bonsai pot broke due to accident

I am a bonsai beginner and a friend gifted me a ficus bonsai. A stray cat got into the house and jumped on the table where I had kept my bonsai pot, tipping the table and breaking the pot. I wasn't ...
6
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1answer
25 views

Gophers and rabbits

My entire yard has been destroyed by gophers and rabbits. The rabbits and gophers ate all my grass and ground cover that bloomed beautiful pink flowers. I want to replant, but need to get rid of these ...
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1answer
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Should I prune off a branch connected to a large weak crotch on my apricot tree?

I have an apricot tree that is 4 or 5 years old. It is doing well, but one of the main branches has a weak crotch and included bark. My peach tree had the same problem, and got split in a wind storm ...
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1answer
34 views

Citrus plant with strong growth but yellowish/lime-green leaves

I know that (generally speaking) yellowish to lime-green leaves combined with slow/weak growth in a plant are an indication of inadequate nitrogen, and one must fertilize accordingly. However, does ...
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6answers
375 views

Recommendations for Composting Bin

I want to start composting my yard and kitchen waste and use the compost to fertilize vegetables in my raised bed and some fruit trees I have. Right now I am not doing composting. My options are do ...
5
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1answer
36 views

Can I plant my amaryllis outside?

I live in Bromley (southern England) and was given a gorgeous amaryllis a few years ago. It is a Hippeastrum Monte Carlo. Unfortunately my wife seems to be allergic to the pollen but loves the ...
10
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0answers
94 views

Office plant identification care

At my work, everyone has his own plant and needs to take care of it. I was wondering if you guys could help me out, taking care of my plant. A picture of my plant can be seen below. So, by that, I ...
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2answers
402 views

Office plant identification

Does anybody know what plant is this?
3
votes
1answer
46 views

Can I re-grow roots from a piece of a trunk cut from my green ash tree?

I have a 3 ft stump of a green ash tree that I pulled out of the ground. I cut 3 root stubs with a chain saw. It's coming from a triple trunk that was rotting out. Is there any way I can regrow the ...
4
votes
3answers
80 views

Growing temperate and some tropical plants in an indoor 'winter garden' in Ireland

I am in the lucky position of building my own house in Southern Ireland and have have a 'winter garden' room which will have three tall walls of glazing with one side facing south. The roof is very ...
6
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0answers
50 views

Will paint thinner poured in the soil kill my tree

The contractor at my neighbors house was washing out his brushes with turpentine or paint thinner and dumping the liquid right next to my tree. Is my tree going to die and what can I do to help it ...
3
votes
0answers
50 views

What is this plant with serrated narrow leaves?

I left my fern outside like I do every year. When its leaves fell off this year, an odd plant was growing in with it. Does any one know what this plant is?
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2answers
46 views

What is this tall plant with narrow leaves and white flowers?

What type of plant is this? It's tall with white flowers and narrow leaves. It is a variety of vegetable .
3
votes
1answer
31 views

Dirt cheap way to create Polytunnel foundation

I'm wanting to experiment with a quick-and-dirty Polytunnel (6m x 3m). I expect this experiment to last for 1-2 seasons only (and then I expect to build a properly constructed hothouse) I've ...
6
votes
3answers
51 views

Tumbled Bluestone retaining wall

I was thinking about making a short retaining wall for a flower bed in front of my house. We like the way Tumbled Bluestone looks and I was looking for any pointers anyone may have with laying such a ...
3
votes
1answer
53 views

Is it true: plants, that keep snakes away?

Someone told me, that there is a plant, that keeps away snakes and other lizards. All you have to do is plant it near the fences and the house. Is it true and if yes, what is that plant? Thanks in ...
5
votes
0answers
24 views

Vermicompost cockroaches

I have a nice garden which I have made using vermicompost. Plus I have used cow dung manure. I get a lot of flying cockroaches in that. How to get rid of this.
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votes
1answer
55 views

What plant is this? Is it a variety of fern?

A few of this plant is growing in our front yard. Though the leaves look like fern they don't grow like a fern. You can the small ones that just sprouted in the background.
5
votes
1answer
47 views

Tree roots in storm drain

A 12" square catch basin collects water from my driveway and transports it under the lawn to adjacent stream about 150 ft away via 4" corrugated buried pipe. They used corrugated covered w/stone (vs ...
12
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5answers
1k views

Can Marigold flowers keep animals away?

Can this wonderful flower, when planted mature, keep away animals and bugs? I have read this on a few sites and want to know if it works. Is it true or even partly true? Has anybody done this ...
7
votes
5answers
189 views

What should go under a raised bed that is on top of tilled dirt?

I am making some raised beds for my garden. What would be best to lay at the bottom? Would newspaper, rocks, stuff of that sort work the best? This will be put directly onto tilled dirt.
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4answers
803 views

Do's and Don't's for a backyard compost?

We have a backyard compost bin for our vegetable garden and a few flower beds. Forgive me for being a total noob on this, but can someone offer me couple of good resources on what's ok and not ok to ...
9
votes
1answer
177 views

How should I care for a young cherry tree?

We recently had a cherry tree planted in our garden. I don't know the age of the plant nor the exact species but it's currently below 2m (6 ft) tall, including the branches, with a thin trunk. There ...
5
votes
2answers
31 views

Auckland Rural Zone and Confusion about Frost Protection

The more I look into it, the more confused I'm getting about frost protection. Any advice to help me get a grip on the issue would be appreciated. I have a property in Dairy Flat, which is rural ...
5
votes
2answers
24 views

Should I trim the leaves off my fig cuttings?

I have a Black Mission fig tree that's getting removed soon, and in order to (after a fashion) rescue it, I've taken some cuttings from it using the instructions I found here. The cuttings I've taken ...
6
votes
1answer
110 views

Identification of ground cover in small decideous forest (zone 5B)

This morning I was walking in Saint-Bruno national park in Quebec, Canada and I happened upon this large patch of ground cover. It was particularly striking as it seemed to be an evergreen herbaceous ...
6
votes
1answer
51 views

Why is the stem of one of my sunflower seedlings shriveling?

I recently planted some sunflower seedlings and they have been doing fairly well. The only problem I had noticed was that the tips of the leaves were slightly burnt, but even then, the burns weren't ...
6
votes
3answers
574 views

We have large roots from a huge old Silver Maple that are partly above ground and interfere with mowing. Can I shave them?

We have large roots from a huge Silver Maple that are partially above ground and interfere with mowing. Can I shave them so the mower can pass over them?
6
votes
2answers
269 views

Can someone please tell me the name of this Flower???

Can someone tell me the name of this flower please. Please and Thank you!!
6
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0answers
36 views

Are these brown areas on my dracaena leaves a disease? [duplicate]

My dracaena has several leaves with this kind of quite big brown areas on them: Photo source Does this look like a disease or might it be only bad caring? I have a separate post related to ...
5
votes
2answers
61 views

Hydroponic sensors are so expensive?

I am new to this so forgive me if its basic. We are hardware engineers investigating the development of hardware systems to home hydroponic small gardens. After reading a lot, I could see that there ...
7
votes
1answer
49 views

What part of a blackberry bush do I plant to make a new bush

I have a breed of blackberry bush in my backyard that is unlike any other blackberries I've had in the past and I'd very much like to plant more just like it. What part of the plant do I need to plant ...
9
votes
2answers
138 views

Cloning currants shouldnt be this hard..?

I keep seeing claims that currant cuttings will "root enthusiastically". I'd love to have another black currant bush or two, but so far I haven't been able to get one to survive. They usually last ...
5
votes
2answers
34 views

For how much area should I amend the soil for a given plant?

My question is not about depth, but area. For a given individual plant, do I amend the soil for an area the size of its seed spacing recommendation (12 in., etc.)? Or is less required? I am a ...
4
votes
0answers
15 views

Is this the tomato potato psyllid?

I noticed these sugary white granules on my tomato leaves a couple of months ago, and saw some insects which I thought were aphids but didn't look closely. Now it looks as though my potatoes are ...
4
votes
2answers
45 views

Life of steer manure

I bought some steer manure from Home Depot last year. It came in bags. I was not able to use it last year and the bags are unopened so am wondering if I can use it this year. I stored it outdoors and ...
4
votes
3answers
46 views

What is the name for a weed-eater head with metal or plastic blades?

I am looking for a weed-eater head that does not have any plastic thread spool or ongoing feeder. It should have metal or sturdy plastic blades that don't wear away quickly? I am (a) sick of having ...
5
votes
1answer
15 views

Are these spider mites on my potato vine?

Are these spider mites? Will they migrate to my tomato plants? Click on the picture to get a closer view.
4
votes
3answers
79 views

Transplant established bulbs in the spring?

I know I should transplant spring bulbs in the fall.. but I didn't. There are a bunch of day lilies in the ditch down the road and I'm wondering if I can transplant them right now? Surely the ...
5
votes
2answers
52 views

Can I get any fruit from this eggplant?

I bought this eggplant over 4 months ago but made the mistake of planting it in the back yard where it only got a few hours of full sun, and was also under netting. It's now starting to flower but we ...
6
votes
1answer
24 views

Do I need to remove some of these orchid leaves?

I was given this phalaenopsis or moth orchid a few years ago but lately have perhaps unwillingly mistreated it. I've never fertilised it except by watering it with aquarium water, never removed the ...
5
votes
1answer
45 views

Heathers in an East facing bed?

I have a bed that is next to a wall, the bed is on the east side of the wall, NW England. As the bed has been dug out, I can control what soil I put in. Will heathers cope with not being in ...
3
votes
1answer
78 views

What is this potted plant with dark green leaves and clumps of red flowers? [duplicate]

A co-worker gave me this pretty plant, but she doesn't know what it is. Can someone help identify it? It's the one with the red flowers. Thanks!
6
votes
2answers
39 views

Raised bed on concrete that is sloping the wrong way and thus there will be a drainage problem

I am planning on putting raised beds on a concrete pad. However the concrete slab is sloped so the runoff will end up in the wrong area. Does anyone know how to put a bottom on a raised bed that ...
5
votes
1answer
46 views

Christmas Cactus leaf discoloration

I received this Christmas Cactus as a cutting from a larger plant about a year ago. It has been growing and doing well over that time. In the past month I have noticed some of the end leaves begin to ...

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