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How are peppers and mulch used in a desert environment?

I have a couple of pepper plants that I've recently procured. Since I do not want these to go the way every other plant that has been gifted to me (i.e. death), I transplanted them into some large ...
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3answers
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How do I compost a large pile of branches and heavy shrub clippings?

This Spring, I pruned all my shrubs and pulled out a few pine stumps. My first thought was just to pile them all up on their own. I have never had good luck trying to compost such material with the ...
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1answer
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Is there any way to tell if a tomato is determinate or indeterminate before it starts to bear fruit?

I got some seeds in a tomato-growing kit and I have no information about what variety they will be. I don't even know if they are determinate, indeterminate or "semi-determinate". One of the ...
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1answer
404 views

What's a hardy plum tree for prunes?

I'd like to plant a plum tree (or two, if I need to have two varieties for pollination). The goal would be to have some fruit for fresh eating, but there's only so many plums you can eat when they're ...
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4answers
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Why hasn't my strawberry plant produced any fruit?

I have a plant I bought that was started from Home Depot. Unfortunately it hasn't grown any fruit, even after a whole year. Around May this year (my second year), it produced two small flowers and it ...
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3answers
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Why does my grass have bright green patches?

My yard is about 6 years old (new house). When we put the yard in, the seed was equal parts Fescue, Rye, and Kentucky Bluegrass. We live in NE Ohio. About 2-3 years ago, we started getting these ...
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2answers
540 views

Why do all my strawberries become moldy?

We have a strawberry patch in our back yard. There seems to be a lot of mold growing there, which is getting to the berries before we can. What can I do to prevent this from happening? Cool, and ...
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400 views

What gave my carrots “legs”?

This is the first year I've grown carrots. What gave them legs: I have a theory that the seedlings merge together. I don't know if that is just silly or if carrots just naturally grow like this.
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1answer
126 views

How do I figure out where the dead-end is in a sprinkler system?

I bought a new home that has a small area of grass on the other side of my driveway that is not part of the main yard about 10x16 in size and it has 6 sprinklers along the boarder. I want to remove ...
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2answers
2k views

Why has my peach tree stopped producing fruit?

I have a big peach tree in front of my house, the first 2 years I was here it bore fruit but the last couple summers it hasn't. Is there something I need to do to get it to bear fruit again? Edit: ...
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2answers
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How can I keep a jade plant (Crassula ovata) from growing, and keep it healthy?

I have a lovely jade plant (Crassula Ovata) growing in the bathroom, but it keeps outgrowing pots and needing to be repotted. I have tried moving it further from the sun and watering it less to try ...
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2answers
213 views

What plants take easily to clay soils?

I live in central Scotland, which is a bit damp, and the soil in my garden, despite years of aerating, adding sand etc is still quite a thick clay soil. When it is sunny I get sun all day long, so ...
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2answers
125 views

Is it too late for row cover to help with insects?

Last year I used row covers on PVC frames to effectively keep cabbage worms off my broccoli and cabbage. I put the covers on in spring as soon as I put the seedlings in the ground, and then took them ...
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4answers
638 views

How can I effectively grow strawberries in my borders without weeds suffocating them?

Even if I remove all weeds around my strawberries a month's growth has them smothered in grasses, clover and other weeds. Is there anything I can put down that will help, or do I just need to manually ...
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3answers
3k views

How should a long neglected grape-vine be pruned?

Our recently purchased home has a lot of old fruit and vegetable plantings that were mostly left alone for the past few years. Among these is a set of three grape vines on a group of metal trellises. ...
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1answer
512 views

What are some good cheap self-watering containers?

I've made my own self-watering containers. Fun, but a bit time-consuming. Most self-watering containers that are for sale are a bit pricey for me... I'd really want at least a half a dozen, and at ...
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1answer
560 views

Why is my phalaenopsis' keiki (orchid) not thriving?

About five years ago, I bought a fully grown and blooming Phalaenopsis orchid. After a month or so, the blooms fell off as expected. I continued to care for it as directed, but it never flowered ...
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1answer
55 views

Why is my flowering crab stunted?

I have two flowering crab apples planted 2 yrs ago beside each other (20 ft apart). When they went in they were identical. However for two years the one has flourished and the other is anemic, such ...
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9answers
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How do I apply spent coffee grounds as a fertilizer?

I've read that spent coffee grounds work well as a fertilizer. But the methods of application are all over the map. Some indicate using it in compost, others suggest spreading it and broken ...
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1answer
342 views

Should raspberries & boysenberries be pruned in early summer?

I have a boysenberry plant and a black-raspberry plant that are growing vigorously on a trellis. However, there are a couple of shoots (about a meter long now) that are growing away from the trellis ...
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3answers
161 views

Asparagus Growing: Any Tips?

I am planning to try my hand at asparagus next spring, although I'm told that it isn't the easiest of vegetables to grow. Are there any particular problems associated with it? Any tips that might ...
8
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2answers
243 views

Is it really necessary to rotate runner beans?

A firm believer in 3-year crop rotation, I sow my runner beans in a different plot every year. After they crop, I dig their stems and roots into the soil, to replenish it with their captured nitrogen; ...
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3answers
210 views

What are some tips on growing plants indoors with cats?

I have to grow my plants indoors because it does get cold enough in Dallas sometimes that frost may occur or even snow. However, we have a small household cat. She has bit our bamboo plant leaves in ...
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1answer
631 views

How do I know if a fertilizer treatment is burning my trees?

I started using fertilizer spikes on my dwarfed citrus trees in small pots. (Details may be found in this question.) As suggested, I used half a spike for each pot and I put the spike as far from ...
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3answers
872 views

What are these viny plants? Are they poisonous?

These plants are located alongside a fence in my backyard. What are they? My biggest concern is that they might be poison ivy. However, the plant in the first picture closely resembles a vine that ...
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6answers
1k views

Can I harvest vegetable seeds and store for the next year?

This discussion of seed storage got me wondering if it is feasible to harvest seeds from vegetables (I'm partial to tomatoes) as I cut them up for consumption. Generally, I buy seeds each year. But ...
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2answers
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How do I get rid of white flies on my basil?

I've recently noticed that my basil and other herb plants are infested by tiny white flies. They spread out like snow-flakes when I spray the plants with water, and there are scary looking number of ...
8
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3answers
808 views

What is a good source for nursery pots?

Are there free (or low cost) sources for nursery pots? Presumably nurseries reuse them. I'd like to get a few dozen in varying sizes for starting vegetables.
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1answer
537 views

What happens to a broccoli plant after it has been decapitated?

Does it generate a new head? Or is it then done for the year? What can I do to encourage larger heads?
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7answers
1k views

How should I speed up the decomposition of sickly sweet smelling giant compost heap?

I have created a monster of a compost heap on my property (3 meters, by 2 meters, by almost 2 meters tall) next to an old granite rock wall. Anyway, I mostly put all my grass clippings (primary ...
10
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2answers
950 views

Which herbs can be grown as perennials?

What are some herbs that are perennials, i.e. they return and grow the next season? I'd like to keep a garden of herbs around for cooking.
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4answers
464 views

How is an Avocado plant started?

I find ourselves buying one or two Avocados twice a week. It's one of these things that I've been wanting to do for a long time: grow an avacado plant. What is the ideal climate or exposure to ...
8
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2answers
168 views

If I fix some drainage for my waterlogged pumpkin, will they revive?

I've been growing pumpkins in home made growbags (old cat litter bags filled with well rotted horse manure). Obviously I have to remember to put plenty of holes in the base of the bags. One pumpkin ...
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5answers
3k views

Is it OK to grow plants in clear (transparent) pots?

I was using old clear (transparent) plastic meat packaging to grow plants in. Is that a good idea? Are there any side effects of roots possibly being exposed to the sun?
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1answer
328 views

What's causing my potatoes to wilt?

I'm growing yukon gold potatoes. They've been growing like gangbusters, but this week I noticed some leaf yellowing and wilt on at least 3 plants out of 9. Why are they yellowing? Is it anything to ...
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4answers
377 views

Do clovers cause any problems?

I have a lot of what I think is Clover in my garden. Should I be concerned?
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2answers
314 views

What is this grass that supports all weather types, doesn't invade and prevents bad plants from sprouting?

It apparently doesn't grow longer than on the photos, can support all types of weather, doesn't invade other parts of the garden and it seems to prevent "bad" plants from setting up there (bramble, ...
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1answer
61 views

What about covering lettuces during hot periods?

This question reminds us that lettuces don't like too much hot weather. To look after my lettuce crop and guard against bolting might it be worth covering the lettuce with, say, layers of damp ...
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3answers
124 views

Should I trim the shoots coming off the root of my grapevines?

I have a couple of grapevines that were planted 3 years ago. The first year, they didn't do much. The second year, there was lots of growth, but only a couple of grapes. This year, I pruned it back ...
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1answer
1k views

What is a recipe for a long-lasting, fast draining container soil mix with good aeration?

I'm interested in making my own container soil for some potted citrus and figs as well as something that'll work for other house plants. I've heard of Al's Gritty Mix. Does anyone have a mix that's ...
9
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3answers
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Why won't my pepper grow?

For the past three years (since I started gardening) I've tried with no luck to grow peppers. Two years ago I was able to grow a few pepper plants (out of many) but the peppers did not get very big. ...
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1answer
713 views

Should I pick my peppers early or wait till they mature (ripen) on the plant?

I planted a small assortment of pepper plants a month ago, and I have a couple of small jalapeño and anaheim peppers hanging off of their respective plants. I'm wondering if I should go ahead and pick ...
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1answer
464 views

Damaged Tree Heather: can it survive?

I have a tree heather (Erica arborea) in my rockery (acid soil) which I grew from a seedling about twenty years ago. Until it was severely damaged by a prolonged freeze-up last winter, it was about ...
7
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1answer
546 views

Is it possible to keep peonies standing upright?

My peonies quickly drooped over and became quite unattractive. Is there a way to keep them upright? I'm not thrilled about the idea of putting in stakes for each plant if that's my only option.
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2answers
2k views

How can I kill or remove insects from cut flowers that I bring inside?

When I cut flowers (typically daylilies) from my garden and bring them inside, I often find I am treated to a barrage of flies over the next few days. I'm going to guess that there are maggot larvae ...
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4answers
2k views

How to prevent Sempervivum tectorum (Common Houseleek) from growing in length and not width?

I have torn a part of this plant twice at my hometown, brought it to where I live now and then planted it. On both occasions, the plant started growing fine at first, but at some point, it started ...
12
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1answer
167 views

How do I manage different water flows with a drip irrigation system in my vegetable garden?

A year ago, we redid our yard and put in a nice vegetable garden. It's got two raised beds about 3 x 8 and a bunch of pots. I bought my wife a drip irrigation system so that watering would be easier ...
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6answers
7k views

Is rain water better than tap water for plants?

Is it better to water your plants with rain water collected in water butts? I mean is that better than water straight from the tap? And is it just a matter of temperature (presumably plants don't ...
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1answer
121 views

Should I be concerned that my pepper plants all “face” the window?

I have peppers plants growing on my sunniest window sills, they're not massively sunny at the moment as the weathers been a bit weak recently. But the plants' leaves are quite heavily twisted towards ...
8
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2answers
209 views

What's a good water system for my cactus plant during holidays?

I have a very resilient cactus that can be left alone for a month without consequences. Now, I want to leave it alone during two months and leave it some water system. I have seen little earthen ...

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