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Identification of apparent solanum species

I have tried taking pictures but so far no luck. This plant is one I have seen a few places around here in Jakarta where it is easy to confuse with ginseng while both are still small. The plant ...
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How do I keep opossums away from my lawn?

Recently, I found some parts of the lawn and some areas quite near to the house itself were in a mess. I suspect that some animals like opossums may be the reason. Are there any ways to keep them ...
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Pruning this grape vine during summer

I've just moved a neglected grape vine plant to a place where I want to espalier it properly. It's summer at the moment (Australia) so I know I can't do any heavy pruning at the moment. However, I ...
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Can I grow coffee plants in my garden?

I live in the Netherlands, where the climate is very unstable. Whilst I love my coffee and love doing a lot of stuff myself, the urge to grow my own coffee had risen. I was wondering if the Dutch ...
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Why use potting mix instead of natural soil?

Being a layman who is thinking of starting to garden in the yard I have a question in mind. Why does one need to buy potting mix and why not use natural soil for gardening? I live in Melbourne ...
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How much time do tomatoes take to ripen?

I planted some tomato plants in August in pots with 70% soil and 30% organic vermicompost. Plants started to fruit from mid November, but even today those tomatoes are very small and green (and hard). ...
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What could cause my coriander plant to start browning?

I grew coriander from seeds and the plant has done marvellously well until the last week or two where it appears to have stagnated a little. I noticed that some leaves have began to brown entirely, ...
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Is this mint fungus, or over/under watering my plant?

I have two mint plants that have grown without much fanfare. Occasionally I do notice the odd leaf with very dark brown edges, almost black. Some leaves also appear to have a powdery white substance ...
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Pruning of apple tree

Three years ago i moved into a new house. In the garden was a lovely apple tree. The first year we harvested 10 buckets of fruit. I'm not talking small buckets, there was lots of fruit. I could ...
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Is there a clean alternative to top soil as lawn topdressing?

I performed dormant overseeding last year with amazing results in Ohio. All I did in late December was walk my spreader over my yard. The freeze/thaw cycle pulled the seeds deeper into the frozen ...
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I've found about 40 kilograms of beige powder labelled “Green Salt” - what is it?

I've found this in my neighbourhood, near a trash trolley: The handwriting can be unambiguously translated from Hebrew as "Green Salt". My best bet is that it is some kind of fertiliser because ...
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Please help to identify this plant?

I recently got this plant from a friend, but I never got the name of it. I think from the looks of it, it might be in the carnivore family.
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Should I prune apple/ pear/ nashi tree runners in early summer?

We have a 50 year old apple tree and two 5 year old espaliered pear/ nashi trees on our property. The beginning of summer has been alternating between sunny with rainy days so everything in our ...
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What could be causing my blueberries to have a funny taste?

I have just harvested some of the ripest berries from a row of 6 blueberries of different varieties. They all have a slightly odd taste that I have never detected in store bought blueberries. It is ...
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What should I do to rescue grass from a petrol spill?

We had some less than stellar workmen do some work a few weeks ago, and one of them spilled a substantial amount of petrol onto our front lawn. There is now an area about 100cm in diameter where the ...
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Identify this long leaved plant having big orange flowers

Please Identify this plant: Location: Mumbai, India Height: About 1 meter Fragrance in Flower: No
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When and how should I harvest galangal?

I was given some galangal a couple of years ago, which is now thriving in my garden. Is there a best time/season to harvest galangal, and can one just retrieve a small portion of the rhizome as ...
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What are the rocks called they use in hydroponic / aquaponic growing containers?

I am interested in building a small - scale hydro system just to get more familiar with how it works. I plan to grow some basic easy-to-grow vegetables at first. So I have the container, an old fish ...
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Can you have too much drainage in a garden?

I plan on using some of these drainage bricks to build a retaining wall. The installation of the drainage bricks recommends that a drainage layer is used to route the water away from the base of ...
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Winter Watering time of day? At what temperature do I cover any of the plants with plastic tarp?

I have a garden in san mateo, ca that is only 5x9 and we have 5 large tomato plants, herbs, broccoli and lettuce. We have an automatic water sprinkler that goes off every other day. I want to know ...
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Starting bacteria in aquaponics

I have a small setup ready to go but I need to know how to get all the good bacteria and nitrites up before planting anything. My local suppliers do not carry anything for aqua/hydroponics and online ...
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What are the best components for producing compost which supply maximum nutrients?

People made compost from different components but they cannot realize about nutrient amount in the compost. So it is essential for selecting appropriate components. It is very important for organic ...
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What to do with Autumn sown peas now they're showing?

I've made Autumn sowings of peas for the first time this year. I planted the seeds in small pots in the (unheated) greenhouse like I'd normally do for spring sowings. It was a bit speculative as I ...
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Where'd the worms go?

To prepare for a tear-down rebuild, I had to remove our raised garden beds. Given the effort that went into building them, there was no way I was going to lose those beds to the gears of ...
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What kind of a plant is this (with large, glossy “finger-like” leaves)?

This is the best picture I can find. I had one of these at my old apartment and want to get another. It grew pretty large - from maybe one foot in diameter to a few feet high and 4 feet in diameter ...
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What is this large houseplant with long oval leaves?

This was gifted from work but no one here or at the local nursery can identify it.
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Repotting diseased chilli plants - possibly rust

My chilli plants appear to have developed rust after a bad attack from aphids! See photo below The leaves have also gone curly: My plan is to repot the plants, washing away the old soil and ...
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Please identify and give suggestions on how to get rid of it

I live in West Texas. The white fluffy plant is taking over mostly in Bermuda areas. But it is starting to move into st. Augustine areas. We have BIG, decorative plants that have the same type of ...
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Why are there three guava trees grown within inches of each other?

I bought a house where the previous owner had planted 3 trees within inches of each other. They are all 5 feet tall now. As this is the first time I've ever seen multiple trunks crowded together, I ...
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Neem oil: how toxic is it (seeking proof)?

I have used neem oil (Fertilome's 3-in-1) on some tomato plants twice since I began getting into vegetable gardening. The thing is that I have heard/read, on one hand, that it is not toxic and quite ...
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Concise database/reference for vegetable gardening?

I know this has been asked somewhat, more than a year ago: Does anyone know of a somewhat comprehensive plant database available online? But the answers provided there didn't prove to be much useful ...
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Best gardening activities for Autumn in Bay Area

I don't know much about gardening, but I enjoy doing it. I had thought that Autumn was the time to do pruning, but I then read that it's actually better to do during the Spring. So now I'm left ...
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Basement hydro or aquaponics?

What I want to grow: Cherry tomatoes Iceberg & Romaine lettuce Green/Yellow peppers Strawberries Room information: 55-75% RH, can be vented to the outside once a day manually (via a dryer ...
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Can you grow plant roots in fish tank?

Was wondering if you could put non-water plants onto a fish tank so that their roots grow inside the fish tank. What are the chances of the plants being dangerous to the fish? I read that the fish ...
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What exactly happens to potting soil if it is stored for a long period of time?

The story: I have bought a few sacks of "Plagron Royal Mix" here in Chile. This soil is supposed to be sufficient for my "tomatoes" for roughly six weeks. After four weeks in the soil I noticed ...
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Identify this Insect or Fungus. Possible Scale

I do not know the name of the plant and I have battled brown scales on my ficus before at my office. What is attacking this plant? Could it be some type of white scale? It is not mealybugs.
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When and how should I move deciduous ferns?

When is the best time to move a fern? It's a deciduous species, maybe a shuttlecock fern. Also can I divide the plant while I'm doing it?
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Chilli Plant Bugs/Brown-Purple Staining

I have an indoor jalapeno, cayenne and birds eye chillies which I planted from seed and moved indoors at the end of summer. They have become infested with tiny bugs which live on the bottoms of the ...
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Gardening / Growing Vegetables in raised metal containers

I have access to painted metal garage doors ( panels) and wondered if I can make them safe to use as a raised garden bed. What should I use to paint the inside to make it safe for growing vegetables? ...
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How do I get my Jade plant to grow again?

We've recently moved, and while traveling to our new home all my house plants have turned brown. But importantly my jade has stopped growing. It is down to two leaves that are very loose in soil. I'm ...
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Why are my Green Chillies Turning Red

I received some sort of green chilli pepper plant from a friend. (I don't know which kind; the flowers are small, white, and five-petalled.) Usually, when the chillies are around a handspan in ...
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What would be a beautiful house plant suited to the Atlantic winter? [closed]

I'm looking for a Christmas gift for my girlfriend, and I thought of a nice plant she could keep in her room. We live in Baltimore. I'm looking for something that would be beautiful, but not take a ...
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Is there a pole version of marrow beans?

Any other rich-flavoured, white dry bean would do as well. I'm in zone 5a or 5b, ample growing season. I grew a few types of dry bush beans this year and even got a second crop off some of them. ...
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How far do you dig from a maple tree so as not to cause damage to the tree?

A family member wants to put up a fence behind her condominium and the plans state that the fence will be 3 foot away from a small maple tree in the back yard. The association members say that this is ...
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Was my rosemary burnt by nitrogen, or something else?

I am trying to grow rosemary from starters. I am based in In California, San Francisco Bay Area. I dug up an area about what people are recommending on the other rosemary answers here. 30cm x 30cm ...
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How to separate rocks and dirt?

I have rocks laid down on my drive way and it clearly has some problems in the plastic layer below. Weeds have been popping out since we moved in. How do I go about getting this rock driveway redone ...
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Does anybody know this plant's Latin name?

As far as I know, this plant belongs to a temperate herbaceous species, it lives outdoors in the Netherlands. Does anybody know its Latin name?
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Can pak choi be re-grown?

I know that pak choi can be grown as a "cut and keep" plant, but can I regrow it from the base of the plant, as can be done with celery? If so, how?
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How can I preserve and propagate a color sport in my dahlias?

I have several Hulin's Carnival dahlias in my garden, whose flowers are normally white with flecks or large patches of wine: This year, one of them has put out a stalk that has pink flowers instead ...
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Sprouting Sweet Potatoes [duplicate]

How long does it take until you see a sweet potato sprout leaves? I have experiment in different areas to see if it would sprout quicker, or if it would sprout at all and there have been no progress. ...

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