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ID this plant from an inherited garden

I recently inherited a garden on my university campus in Buffalo, New York. We think that it's a fruiting plant, but we're not sure what it is. Can anyone help?
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How to combat mealy bug in a large garden?

In my friend's large garden, mealy bug is the main pest. They spread quickly, often killing whole plants if left unattended. Sometimes they even attack trees. The garden and many of its affected ...
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How can I remove this dangerous insect from my garden? [closed]

There is an insect in my garden that I would like to remove. It lives in a garden covered in pine bark. My location is Miami, FL. It can deliver a sting/bite that can last 5 days or more: Given the ...
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Why did my tomato seedlings stop growing after their first set of true leaves?

A few weeks ago I planted two different types of tomato seeds. Everything went as usual. I was amazed about how fast they germinated, they pushed up their cotyledons, the first set of true leaves ...
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Can I use “distilled” water to water plants?

My apartment is very humid, and I regularly use a dehumidifier. Is it OK to use the resulting water to water my indoor plants? Since it's basically distilled water it does lack minerals. I usually use ...
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Can I fertilize my plants after putting pesticide?

I have a problem with my plants; they have mealybugs, aphids and fungi. Tonight I sprayed them with agricultural pesticide, also cutting the infected branches and even exterminated some plants. I ...
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Why are the leaves on my mango tree turning brown and drying out?

I grew a mango tree last summer from seed in a pot. In the beginning it was extremely healthy looking and fast-growing. When the summer was over, as it gets very cold here in Canada, I took it indoors ...
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What is this tree with blue and white flowers and long strap-like leaves?

While I was walking, I found this tree with amazing blue and white flowers and am really curious to know its name. It also has long strap-like leaves. What is its name? Click on picture for full ...
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Problem with my Meyer's lemon tree

I have a Meyer's lemon tree that is several years old and this year it has flowered, I pollinated because we don't have many bees, the fruit has set but I am finding that quite a few of the baby ...
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What are the best garden uses for 5 gallons of used coffee beans?

I asked a local coffee shop to save up their used coffee beans for my garden, and was wondering what the best uses for all the beans would be. In my garden I have: Apple tree 4 blueberry bushes ...
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1answer
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Drinking Water Safe hose reel - what to look for?

I've read this well-researched post Garden Hoses: how safe are they? But it focuses on hoses. My question is about a hose reel. I've seen enough "drinking water safe" hoses (usually polyurethane and ...
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Will the power of sunchoke ruin plastic?

I have some large PVC pipes near my sunchokes, so I was wondering if it's been known to damage PVC pipes.
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Is this plant with paired lance-shaped leaves a green chilli?

I am a newcomer to Canada and have been experimenting with growing vegetables here in my garden. I did sow some seeds of chilli, pumpkin and tried with some potato as well. They seem to have come ...
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Does keeping lettuce seeds in an open package affect their viability?

When we open a package of lettuce seeds and use some of the seeds, then keep the remaining seeds in their package at room temperature, does it affect their viability?
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1answer
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Can I start Cannabis sativa out of edible husked seeds bought in grocery store

Recently I bought in grocery store edible husked Cannabis sativa seeds Can I start a plant out of eadible husked seeds? If no then why? I'm asking if a plant will actually start out of husked seeds, ...
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Cleaning homegrown vegetables prior to consumption

I grow vegetables and fruit in my backyard. Everything is grown organically so I don't have any concerns with pesticide or chemicals on my edible fruits and vegetables. However, they do get exposed ...
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1answer
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Is this tree sick and is there something I can do about it?

We have this tree in our front yard and it isn't looking that good. I am guessing it was put in when our house was built in '64 so it is over 50 years old. I'd love to be able to save it if ...
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1answer
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What mixture of liquid soap to water should I use for soil with high silicon content?

I want to use my Miracle-Gro spray attachment for spraying a soap solution on my lawn and plants since I have very high silicon in my soil. we used Naiad wetting agents on the golf course where I ...
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2answers
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Garden & Greenhouse pest! Mice? Vole? Rabbit?

The last 3 years something has eaten everything young in my garden, other than potatoes, onions, and chives. They just mow off the leaves, and sometimes the stems to the ground. They also dig the corn ...
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Should I leave or remove sand under a demolished brick walkway to allow grass to grow?

I started demolishing an old brick walkway in my backyard and I found sand underneath about a good 3 inches worth of sand. My question is: If I leave the sand underneath and add about 2 inches of ...
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1answer
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Approximately how rich is the soil that's permanent-black dirt?

Unless you've dug around in a swamp you probably haven't seen the dirt that's permanently black (or the dirt that's built up over 1000s of years from decomposing plants), so I was wondering how rich ...
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Do Pine Bark Nuggets stop weeds from growing in a lawn?

I have a bare area in my lawn where weeds grow fast. I want to buy many bags of nuggets to cover the area to stop the weeds. Do pine bark nuggets stop weeds from growing?
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1answer
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What was the blueberry plant potted in?

When I was planting my blueberries today I thought it was strange to see that the blueberry plants were planted in some sort of matting (think the stuff for wire plant baskets). What was it planted ...
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1answer
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What variety of Goumi berry will thrive under an apple tree in USDA zone 4a?

I want to plant a goumi berry bush underneath an apple tree. My goal is to have as much fruit as I can. I am in Minnesota, USDA zone 4a. What variety should I order?
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lettuce seeds germination in petridishes

I dipped lettuce seeds in distilled water for 12 hours than transfer it to petri dishes that having Whatman filter paper double folded and moisten with distilled water.After that i give 72 hours ...
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How to get crisp lettuce in a green house

I am raising lettuce in my green house. It works, the lettuce is tasty, however it is not nearly as crisp as the lettuce I grow outside the greenhouse (same variety). What can I do to make my green ...
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If I harvest bell pepper, will it grow back? (I control the temperature in my small greenhouse)

If I harvest bell pepper, will it grow back? (I control the temperature 25 C* in my small greenhouse) If yes, I pick bell pepper fruit only or it needs pruning also after harvesting? how to do it ...
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Can someone identidy this plant, please? [duplicate]

This was given to my mother as a gift and she has no idea what it is:
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After spending a day digging topsoil, what should I do to clean the bottoms of my shoes?

I spent part of the day digging topsoil for planting, and was wondering what the best way to clean dirt out of the groves in my shoes would be.
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1answer
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What is killing my tomato plants?

Planted my tomatoes two weeks ago, and returned from a week long trip to find them full of holes and generally looking sickly. The last week has been very rainy and borderline cool, which I know is ...
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2answers
568 views

What does ash do to the PH of soil?

I've read that ash changes the PH of soil, so I was wondering how it changes the PH.
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How do I dig peat to avoid getting grass to come with it?

What do I need to do so that I can dig up some peat without having the grassroots to sprout when the plant is in the ground, because I live on the edge of a peat bog area, and was planning to dig my ...
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1answer
41 views

How do I plant blueberries?

I got some Blueberry bushes from my neighbors garden store, and was wondering how should I plant them?
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54 views

What is the proper way to plant a bush under an established fruit tree?

Established Tree: Apple Planting Bush: Blueberries Goal: not damage apple tree root system Question: How do I plant a blueberry bush under an apple tree without damaging the roots of the apple tree?
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What kind of grass is this, and how can I keep it out of my garden

I have a thick, beautiful lawn that borders my garden. Unfortunately, I am struggling to keep the grass from infesting my garden. I have used a variety of herbicides, mostly RoundUp, along the garden ...
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1answer
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What sort of insects are these?

I threw some infected tomato, and potatoe plants into a bath, and hope to drown all the pests including psyllids. But then these slimy things appeared in the liquid. Their body is the same size as ...
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What should be done to kill off nematodes in your garden?

If someone has Nematodes in their garden, how should they kill them?
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124 views

What can I do with rocks to encourage wildlife?

Recently I was preparing an area for planting, so dug up a lot of rocks and stones. These are a variety of sizes and shapes, mostly between 5cm and 30cm. So now I have a large pile of rocks. I would ...
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1answer
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My aloe plants turned grey when I took it outside

I brought my happy green aloe plants outside for sunshine and they all turned a sickly gray color. What happened and can I reverse it?
3
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1answer
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How to kill the long grass in an established lawn?

How to kill long grass in an establish lawn? I went to Home Depot, a stuff said there is no way to kill long grass. The way is to mow the lawn often.
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Weed identification - urban Minnesota

I'm interested in identifying this weed so as to find a method of controlling it. This weed grows in the same location each year.
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How should we treat cracks in the stem of Aloe Veras?

I received this damaged Aloe Vera about 5 days ago and I found help, here mainly, to determine the source of its problems. So everything was on track now, until I realized that it had soil in between ...
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1answer
44 views

Can anyone identify this rose?

Can anyone identify this rose (photos below)? I'm wondering if it's a climbing rose or even a rambling rose. And does anyone know how I should care for it? The stems are quite long and thin and don't ...
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1answer
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Spacing for semi dwarf cherry trees?

I have 2 semi dwarf cherry trees. One is a Rynbrandt and the other is a Blackyork. I've looked for information online about how far to space them and can't find a thing. My tags don't tell me either. ...
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1answer
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How to ensure survival and growth of broken cactus

For a while now the top of my cactus had been dislodged from the rest of it, the dislodged area is brown and dead, but since the accident the area below it has also stopped growing. After 2 years of ...
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1answer
51 views

Revive a dying lavender (for a dummy)

In my recent backyard (since 1.5 year), I have been clumsy (and lazy). This not so young lavender (Lavandula) was blooming last summer, and I neglected cutting the flowers at the right time. I just ...
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1answer
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Avocados from seed - inside house or polytunnel during germination?

I've got a windowsill with a number of avocados growing from seed (I'm in Rural Auckland - so US Hardiness zone 9b, heading towards winter) - A couple of my plants have just started to poke out the ...
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1answer
48 views

Is the plant “Hens and chickens” edible?

Is the plant Hens and chickens edible, or will it poison you if you eat them?
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1answer
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What would cause the bark to fall of a tree?

What would cause the bark to fall off a tree like this? See the squiggly markings on the trunk?
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1answer
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How much light is too much for a Maranta Red house plant?

I recently added a Maranta Red to a room with large "bubble" type skylights. It sits on top of a book case and with the position of the room it DOES get hit by direct sunlight for roughly 45 minutes a ...

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