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Is green tissue in the center of cherry tomatoes related to 'Yellow Shoulder Disorder'?

I've read about the "Yellow shoulder disorder" in tomatoes, and I was wondering if I have something similar going on with my cherry tomatoes. Some of them do indeed seem a little less colourful on ...
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Do I need to leave space at the base of a plant so that air can get into the soil?

I have heard this mentioned many times that at the base of a tree or plant you need to leave the surface uncovered so that air can get into the soil. How true is this? The idea is that if you are ...
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Is it possible to use micro-sprinklers to irrigate the lawn?

While trying to solve the same problem I’ve inquired before — using shrub sprinkler heads in drip-irrigation system to water narrow side lawn — I am coming to realisation that even if pressure is ...
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How to get more tomatoes in single tree?

I am from India. I have few tomato trees since two years. but I didn't get more tomatoes in that tree. actually I am getting maximum 8-10 tomatoes. I found some best tomato tree in website. it ...
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Leaves seem burnt

I have some basil plants and a tomato plant (which is hanging upside down and growing well) however their leaves seem to be burned. I live in Florida and they are out on my balcony but I'm not too ...
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Should I clear my plants of cobwebs?

I have a few plants that have cobwebs on them. Should I clear these cobwebs and discourage the spiders that live there, as they may cause damage to the plants, or should I leave them, as they might ...
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Part of fruit cocktail tree has died

I have a fruit cocktail tree that I planted on 1 June 2013, around 9 to 10 weeks ago, and one of the 3 grafted branches appears to have died. The tree originated from Dave Wilson Nursery. Here is an ...
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How Do I Determine The Best Watering Schedule For My Lawn?

I just bought a new house and I want to program the irrigation system. I don't know anything about the lawn or the system because I just moved in. I want to know how often I should water the lawn, ...
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How can I determine when to pick a cucumber that is spiny?

We have a friend who occasionally brings us vegetable plants, as she has her own garden/farm thing that she cultivates plants to sell to restaurants. This time around, she brought us some tiny red and ...
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Should I till the area around the house where I'm going to relandscape?

I'm pulling up the mulch and fiber around my house from the previous owners. It was poorly laid and it turned into a big weed issue. Some parts they only put mulch down and no fiber/plastic. I've ...
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241 views

Drought-tolerant grass for sunny, wet Texas clay

I live in Texas, and my back yard is on the bottom of a hill; thus it gets lots of run-off from other houses in the subdivision. The run-off causes problems you'd normally expect: Soft, boggy lawn ...
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Vine-like weed growth with lilac flowers and small reddish fruit

While removing weeds, I noticed this strange vine-like growth. It has some distinct features (all visible in the picture below): Tall, vine-like growth Small greenish fruit that turn red Lilac ...
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How to maintain PH level 4.0-6.0 to avoid root disease in pepper cultivation?

Friends, we are doing pepper cultivation. we are getting good profit when three years back in that pepper making process. this is one kind of disease we are facing in its leaves The problem is ...
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Weeds, Grass, Soil: What to fix first?

My backyard is pretty much a weed garden. I have the following concurrent problems: Poor soil (mostly hard clay) Lots of weeds (mostly bull thistle and some dandelions) Dead grass (around 30-50% of ...
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1answer
506 views

Combining drip irrigation with small shrub/lawn sprinklers

I am planning an above-ground system for a very small lot. I am trying ot do most of it with drip irigation, but I also have small lawn to the side, and I was wondering if I could combine the drip and ...
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What is causing my lavender's leaves to turn grey and wizen?

I am trying to grow a lavender plant on the windowsill of my apartment in Brooklyn. I got this more succulent lavender after some more delicate french lavender had died on the same sill. This plant ...
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Is it possible to cultivate grape in rainy weather?

I am planning to grow grapes on the roof of my house. I am living in rainy environment and also with cloudy weather. Is it possible to cultivate grape in such kind of environment?
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341 views

What kind of land and weather is required to cultivate apples?

Actually I am a software developer, eager to do cultivation. We are cultivating tea as a family profession. I want to know, what kind of soil and environment or needed to cultivate apples?
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697 views

What are these white bugs on my tomatoes?

I noticed these things on my tomato plants. What are they and how can I safely get rid of them?
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77 views

Should eggplants be caged?

I just got eggplants starting to grow, with some flowers too. But I'm not sure if I should put a cage around it, like a small tomato cage.
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My Artichoke Flowered, Now What?

I wasn't paying close enough attention to my artichoke this past week, and it flowered on me before I could get a chance to harvest the bud. Disappointing that I didn't get to eat it, but at least I ...
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92 views

Does it look like a vine borer caused this damage to my zucchini?

After reading the accepted answer on the question "Is something wrong with my zucchini plant?", I've come to the conclusion that it is in fact a vine borer which has invaded my zucchini. Based on the ...
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344 views

Can Ranunculus bulbs be re-used in cold climates?

I've planted ranunculus for the first time this year in Minnesota (USDA zone 4). I beleive that these are not winter hardy here but can these be dug up, stored and replanted like dahlias, callas, ...
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Toro lawnmower won't start

I have a Toro push lawnmower with a "Ready Start" engine (similar to this one); I just pull the cord and it starts. I was halfway through mowing the lawn when suddenly a ton of white smoke came ...
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Is there a tree database or tree suggestion engine out there?

I have a dead tree on my HOA grounds that needs to be replaced. I love trees but I'm far from an expert. It would be awesome if there was a database I could search against, where I could specify ...
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How do properly I plant small shrubs or flowers from a bucket?

I have several plants (some flowers, some shrubs) in 1 and 2 gallon buckets. I want to know how to plant them correctly. I intend to spread mulch of some sort over the planting area afterward, so I ...
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299 views

Which tomato variety is this?

I have made quite a comprehensive research about the topic but I still cannot determine the variety of the tomato that I grew and which is dead by now. But I have started a new one from its seeds so ...
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Bonsai losing leaves

I'm a bonsai beginner; I purchased a 15-year-old tea tree 2 weeks ago. It began losing a few leaves each day since. I keep it by a window and keep the soil damp. Today I turned it 180 degrees and ...
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What is this white grub I found in my soil in southern England?

I found a white grub about an inch long, in my soil. At first I thought it looked like a wide, white prawn. It's not the long thin one with the brown head that I've seen online. I'm having trouble ...
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404 views

What is causing my Gladiolus blooms to open withered?

My glads are blooming but the majority of the flowers are opening withered like they are already fading. They are wrinkled with grayish discoloring. The blooms pictured below are newly opened or ...
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City wants to remove our White Pines - how should we respond?

We planted White Pine trees 4 years ago they now stand 3 foot high. The city would like us to remove them because they are 6 foot from the street and sewer lines. We feel these trees will never ...
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2answers
428 views

Why are my carrots white?

I planted Early Nantes V earlier in the year and am just starting to harvest them. Some are orange but some are white. Why is this?
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1answer
239 views

Pruning an Avocado Plant/Tree

For the past year I have been growing an Avocado that I started from a seed. About 6 months ago the original stem lost its leaves and turned brown, but it is still there in the pot. Right after this ...
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Should I trim my conifer hedge with shears or an electric trimmer?

Are there reasons to select hedge shears vs electric trimmers when trimming a conifer hedge? I have about 30 meters to trim, and haven't purchased either of these yet. Which option would you choose ...
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What type of gloves should be worn when dealing with cacti?

What type of gloves should be worn when dealing with cacti? Standard gardening gloves seem to offer little protection. Leather work gloves offer more protection, but end up attracting and collecting ...
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1answer
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What tools are available to deal with fallen cacti and cactus pieces?

After pruning cacti, I am left with many fallen pieces on the ground which, depending on the cactus type, have varying degrees of difficulty in picking up and disposing of. Is there a standard tool ...
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1answer
153 views

What kind of bug is this & does it eat aphids?

I want to get rid of aphids in my garden in a non-chemical way. I know that certain bugs can help a lot by eating aphids. One such example are ladybugs, but unfortunately I can't find big populations ...
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What are the alternatives to AeroGarden

I'm looking for an indoor hydroponic system and I've found the AeroGarden family which looks great but I'd like to check the alternatives. Are there systems similar to this? Important features for me: ...
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1answer
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What should I do with unharvested berries on my loganberry plant?

I've inherited a loganberry bush, and failed to harvest a crop of berries before they shriveled up. What should I do now? Is there any benefit in picking them anyway? Would that encourage a new crop? ...
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Desalinating plants (the botanical kind) which create fresh water

Are there any plant architectures or permaculture schemes which can filter seawater and create fresh water? I imagine a saline pond or bore, flowing down through a series of ponds to a lower ...
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What combination of herbs are good to plant in the same window box?

My brother-in-law gave me basil, rosemary and mint. I planted it in my window box and the basil and rosemary seem to be doing well. The mint dried up right away. I removed most of the dried leaves. ...
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How do I eradicate Mint

I have tried googling with no real answers without destroying the soil. I searched this forum and found this posting answered, but the answer suggests to mow the mint which is not an option for me. I ...
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1answer
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Vine-like plant that eventually melds with others of its kind?

Is there any crawling plant that, when it's crawling among others of its species, will actually grow into one another and eventually share veins? Unrelated: this is for a project to provide a living ...
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1answer
382 views

Can plants be grown succesfully from the seeds in a kitchen cupboard?

In my kitchen cupboard I have the usual herbs and spices (e.g. coriander seeds, cardamom, dried chilies, celery seeds etc. - your typical collection of Schwartz jars) and I want to know if it's ...
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1answer
465 views

How to recover a weeping silver birch that's growing straight

I just moved into a new house, and in the garden there's wonderful silver birch tree, about 25 feet tall (I'm guessing there). It appears that it is/was a weeping variety, but it seems to have grown ...
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Venus Flytrap Won't Close on Flies…?

I got my Flytrap from the Natural History Museum, there were lots and lots of kids, so it may very well have been stimulated to shut a bunch before I bought it. I've had it for about 3 or 4 months, ...
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Can I build a raised bed from cinder blocks without using mortar?

I have a cement platform edged by wood next to the wall of my home (? purpose). I would like to create a raised bed to grow vegetables there by using cinder blocks (6x8x16) on the 27x60 in. platform. ...
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What are these red “quills” on my willow tree?

I just noticed several clusters of red "quills" which sort of look like small buds on the main trunk and the two largest lower branches on my weeping willow tree. The little growths are red and ...
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What are these weird lumps on this spruce tree?

There's a spruce tree growing in a park near my house. It has lumps like this on a lot of the branches. After a while, some of the lumps look like this: Is this a disease, or just a part of the ...
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What is this plant with long thin leaves with serrated edges and spikes of pink flowers?

Can anyone identify this plant with long thin leaves with serrated edges and spikes of pink flowers at the tip of the stem? Is it a weed? Getting quite a few growing around my garden and not sure ...

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