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What tools do I need to build stone steps?

Do I need a lot of specialized tools? Will I have most of these tools already? What do they look like?
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465 views

What do I need to know to build stone steps?

Can I do this safely and economically by myself? What skills do I need to build using natural stone? What's better about doing it yourself? Why wouldn't I hire a contractor? What do I need to know ...
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1answer
243 views

How to replace the grass in a yard? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can my lawn be saved or is it time to dig it up and re-sod? I have two problems that I am trying to knock out with the least amount of work possible. The first problem ...
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What is this (allegedly) mosquito-repellent trailing plant with dark green heart-shaped leaves?

I was given a plant a while back that I was told repels mosquitoes: The little I know about it: it has dark green heart shaped leaves that grow up to about 3½" wide by 4½" long (9cm ...
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Advice on planting potatoes with long sprouts

We have a bunch of potatoes with long sprouts from their eyes. (Actually, we just planted them, but I'll ask the questions I had right before planting.) Should I leave a 12-inch sprout from the ...
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Is this parsley plant too advanced to be salvaged for use with cooking

Have a parsley plant (in its second year), and I think it has 'bolted'?, so it not really producing lush green stalks that I can use for cooking. Can I salvage it? Or is it too far gone?
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French Bean Cobra got scorched by sun?

Took my bean outside recently and it was just fine for last 2 days when suddenly yesterday 4 or 5 leave got their tips dried out. It is in pot on North facing wall so wonder if that might be due to ...
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Am I overwatering this unidentified (jade) plant?

I have this large unidentified plant which I keep indoors. (a present from my aunt) I don't water it too frequently, and it seems to be doing OK - it's much bigger than it was when I got it a few ...
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1answer
193 views

Growing Lilies In Greenhouse References

I'm looking for any kind of references (book , video , PDF , ...) for growing lilies in greenhouse. I heard Lilies are like a child and they need standard growing plan such as irrigation plan , ....
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Planting seeds before a rain to save a step

It hasn't rained here for nearly a month, but it's supposed to tonight. I was thinking of doing some quick planting when I get home and let mother nature take care of the watering, is she usually ...
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409 views

Utility lines blocking off areas of my designed sprinkler system entirely, what to do?

So I'm starting the design of my Home Sprinkler system, and the first thing I do naturally is call the utility company and have them mark everything. The problem is, they've essentially "boxed off" a ...
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138 views

Mycorrhizae Innoculant. When/where/on what do I use this?

I saw a video of a guy using this symbiotic fungus powder on legume root balls that he placed in a green manuring bed. Is there a point to using this stuff in general? Right now I'm a few days away ...
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341 views

Tilling soil around a tree for a raised bed. How much is safe for tree?

The trees are Northern Arizona cedar trees about 1'-3' in diameter at trunk base, have a canopy of 15'-25' in diameter and I wanted to to put in trunk-surrounding raised beds that are 5' in diameter, ...
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1answer
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Raised bed around tree. Do I need to protect the trunk?

I wanted to put in some raised beds that are about 1' deep above ground, and that wrap circularly around a Northern Arizona cedar tree. Do I need to plastic or a rock/cage around the tree trunk to ...
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2answers
221 views

Is this shrub a rhododendron, and how can I help it to flourish?

My mom gave me this shrub/tree/bush a few years back. She told me it was a rhododendron but had no other information. I live on the border of Zone 4 and 5 in the Lake Michigan basin. I planted it ...
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3answers
342 views

Non mechanical plant watering systems?

I travel too much, and, honestly I don't really have a green thumb plants. Still, I like them and would be happy to keep some resilient plants if could get geeky about it :) I was trying to figure ...
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1answer
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Can I make my Jade plant grow faster?

A year ago, my grandmother gave me a cutting from her jade plant and it has grown a little since that time. I repotted it about a week ago because the pot it was in was beginning to get too small. I ...
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7answers
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How do I make plant labels for outdoors?

I would like to put small plant labels in my garden so that I don't forget what exactly is sown where. Can you suggest plant labels that: are made from non-toxic materials can have arbitrary text ...
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Does Arugula/rocket flowering mean the plant's crop season is over?

I sowed arugula/rocket in an outside pot 2 months ago. As it was my first sowing of rocket, it turned out to be too dense so I have thinned it out. It was growing nicely, but all of a sudden it ...
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1answer
269 views

What is the white powdery substance on my Dracaena's leaves?

I bought a Dracaena about 3 months ago. I water it 1-2 times a week and make sure the soil is moist, but not too damp. About 3 weeks ago, it started developing a white powdery substance on the ...
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1answer
149 views

Should we help seedlings recover from a bent shape?

Young seedlings are susceptible to bending caused by external force such as heavy wind or flood. The seedlings just lie on the soil and cannot lift up by itself. Should we help them? I have been ...
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Are there trees with edible fruit from the family Mimosaceae?

I am looking to graft (I hope this is the right word) some fruit on top of an "Acacia saligna". Can this be done? What fruit tree types would be suitable for this? The temperatures where I live ...
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1answer
157 views

Compost Bin Full - Turning vs. Layer of Browns on Top

I have a small open compost bin, it's now full with layers of brown and green. I read somewhere that I need to turn it occasionally (weekly is ideal), and that I need to keep a 1-4" layer of browns ...
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2answers
334 views

Top Dressing: When and How

I recently started composting, and I was reading about top-dressing. Two questions I have about top-dressing are: Is there a maximum to it? Most of my reading suggests up to once a year max. Do I ...
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4answers
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Which US states restrict rain water harvesting?

Does anyone have an up-to-date list of which US states require a permit or otherwise restrict land owners from harvesting water? I know Washington, Utah, and Colorado were on the list at one point.
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Will the effectiveness of soaker hoses degrade too much if I connect multiple ones together?

I'm looking to use soaker hoses on my tomatoes this year and need a bit over 100 feet to get all the plants. The maximum length I can get one in is 50 feet so I would need three hoses to get ...
6
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1answer
263 views

Are cordless electric string trimmers “good enough” for a medium sized yard?

I recognize that gas trimmers will be less expensive and won't have the battery life issues cordless electric trimmers have (and corded is impractical - too many obstacles in the yard.) BUT! I would ...
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1answer
231 views

What is this tropical-style houseplant?

I am not at all trained in identifying plants. I've tried the tips from the question: How do you identify a plant?, but I have no idea what kind of group or family this plant belongs to, so starting a ...
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7answers
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What is the best shade tree to shade the front of my house?

What type of tree(s) should I plant to provide the best shade on a two-story house? I would like to provide as much shade as possible on the red square below: The part I'm most concerned about is ...
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1answer
336 views

What is this flying insect?

I found another strange insect flying around in my garden today that I'm hoping to get identification on. This website: ...
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1answer
3k views

What is causing the bark on my crabapple to crack and peel off?

I have a flowering crabapple in my yard whose bark has several large areas where it cracks and curls away from the wood underneath: Hover over any image for description / click for full size I ...
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1answer
974 views

I have the flowers, but how can I get seeds from my basil?

My basil has produced very nice white flowers. It's still cold outside so I can't put the plant out and let nature take its course. How do I successfully obtain seeds from the flowering plant? Do I ...
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1answer
303 views

What is the medium-leaved, thick-stemmed plant?

This plant was at the end of driveway, getting tossed by a previous owner. I'd like to care of it but I have zero idea what it is. Does any one know a likely candidate?
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How can I fix a lawn which has become patchy?

My backyard lawn has always been slightly "patchy." My yard keeper attributes this to my two female dogs. I've been willing to believe him as the front yard grass has not had this problem and the ...
5
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2answers
618 views

How can I encourage moss to grow on my lawn?

I'm trying to replace some of the grass in my lawn (in the shadier parts of it) with moss. How should I go about doing that?
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Why are the leaves on my chilli plant turning 'silver'?

The leaves on my chilli plant have recently started turning silver, (as below), they also become thinner and have an 'elasticy' quality to them. Any idea what is causing this? Factors to consider: ...
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How should I avoid pests in an open compost bin

I am starting composting. I have a pot (basically, a huge knee-high pot) that I want to use; it doesn't have much in the way of aeration holes, but it's open on top. Two concerns I have are: Open ...
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1answer
252 views

What kind of bug is this and do I need to get rid of it? [duplicate]

I was looking through my vegetable garden this evening and noticed two of these bugs crawling over my lettuce: Does anyone know what type of bug this is and if it's something I need to get rid of? ...
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1answer
657 views

How should I go about straightening up my baby trees?

We just had a house built, and in the front and back yards are baby trees. The trees are supported by a large, narrow piece of wood fastened to the tree trunk. A few weeks ago we had a terrible ...
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1answer
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Why are these white dots appearing on my citrus and avocado trees and the leaves getting pale?

My Orange and small avocado trees are becomming yellowish and have many dots on them, is this a deficiency of something or something else? I checked the bottom of the leaves for any sort of plague ...
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0answers
128 views

Is it too late to start outdoor aquaponics? [closed]

Is it too late to add edible fish for an aquaponics project in zone 7A? It looks like I may be too late for fingerling tilapia.
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172 views

Balcony composting - suggestions for trapped rainwater

I have an apartment with a balcony - the flooring of the balcony is a lot of wood boards. My compost bin is a big plastic recycling bin which I have perforated with an awl and rubber hammer on the ...
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2answers
86 views

Are these lilacs/something else?

These started showing up in my backyard this year, I believe they migrated over from my neighbor's yard. Are they lilacs, or are they something else? This picture was taken in mid-May in Saginaw, ...
5
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1answer
616 views

When can a tomato plant come back from the “dead”?

I've heard stories of people who have had seemingly-dead tomato plants which they left alone and the plant grew back. How can I tell if my plant is dead as opposed to merely in poor shape? Is there ...
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Impact of mealworms in a garden

Many homesteading / simple living / sustainability blogs suggest farming mealworms as a protein source for chickens. Mealworms aren't part of my garden ecosystem and I am interested in knowing what ...
3
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1answer
64 views

What is an appropriate amount of light for a half barrel water garden?

I'm planning on building a water garden on my south facing deck. I plan on having water cover plants and fish. I also plan on having the barrel elevated a few centimeters to allow air flow. I'm ...
3
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1answer
158 views

How long until the fireblight is gone?

Our fruiting quince tree has fireblight. We've been trying to control it by pruning, but it's not working. We're going to have to take out the tree. I can't buy quince fruit, so I want a quince ...
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2answers
114 views

Raising Nitrogen in Hops

I have some hops growing and their leaves are starting to turn yellow, my research tells me that it is probably a nitrogen deficiency. What ways can I naturally add nitrogen to the soil of an ...
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1answer
364 views

What is this Michigan garden insect with a striped body and reddish head?

Here's a photo of a bug in Michigan that's eating my tomato, chard, and other plant leaves. Can you identify it? For extra credit, can you tell me how to get rid of it organically?
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How can I get rid of mint?

I planted mint in my garden a few years ago and it turned out to be a mistake. I should have grown it in a container. I've been pulling out mint each year but can't get rid of it, so I dug up the ...

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