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What's this hard, brown bug with lots of legs and will it harm my veggies?

I recently moved my seedling outside and as I started removing weeds and moving the soil I found several of these bugs, is it something I should worry about? In case it matters, I moved some ...
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Daisies planted last year are not flowering

I planted several daisies last year. They didn't flower then, but I assumed it was due to stress. This year they appear quite lush, except that they're still not flowering. Is there anything ...
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How can I tell if frost damage has happened?

This is a follow up to Protect flowering fruit trees from frost Background: We have several fruit trees in our back yard. They are in full bloom at the moment. It was supposed to be pretty cold ...
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1answer
773 views

What is the best way to hide daffodil leaves after the flowers die?

I have an old flower bed in which the large daffodil clumps bloom spectacularly each spring, but after the flowers fade, the leaves grow some and last for a couple of months before they also die. ...
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1answer
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Will a winter-damaged hosta self repair?

In winter, the next-years growth spikes of some of my Regal Blue Hostas got trampled off, and now that they're up, the leaves all have blunt-ended, ragged ends that curl and ripple. This is right by ...
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How do I know when to harvest my popcorn?

I have some heritage "Strawberry" popcorn plants in the garden, and I've realised I don't know when to harvest them. Though it might be possible to eat it while still fresh and juicy, I intend to pop ...
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What is this bluish-grey bug on my lettuce, and how do I treat it?

I have a planter with several lettuce plants and other plants growing on my balcony. Recently, all of "normal" leafy lettuces were rapidly overcome by a bug. A sawtooth, more mizuna-like lettuce was ...
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What is the right time to water my lawn?

I finally own my home and this is my first spring. I have a decent front lawn that I want to keep as green as possible. I've always been told not to water in the day as it can burn the grass (as a ...
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How can I attach three oscillating sprinklers to one hose?

Is there a way I can plug three oscillating sprinklers into one hose? I have a big backyard and I don't want to stand there and water it every morning. I have one sprinkler because I only have one ...
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Is there anything I can do to promote spreading in my Lily of the Valley?

I have some old Lily of the Valley plants around the northeast corner of my house, and they grow nice and thick around the foundation, but failed to spread into the four-five foot wide strip along the ...
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1answer
142 views

What could be preventing tomato seedling germination?

I have planted Russian heirloom Black Cherry tomato seeds twice now (4 seeds in total) and I have not had a succesful germination. I have planted in potting soil as opposed to the recommended ...
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0answers
542 views

What are these little plants with round leaves, growing in my potting soil? [closed]

I have plants growing in my seedling pots that I didn't put there. The potting soil says it's weed-free. What are these plants?
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1answer
318 views

Why are my eggplant seedlings not thriving?

I have started a bunch of seedlings and some are doing really well others are not, under similar conditions. I used 6-8 inch wide pots, ~6 inches tall, potting soil, and left the pots in front of a ...
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1answer
780 views

Protect flowering fruit trees from frost [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When do I need to protect a fruit tree from cold, and how do I do it? We have several cherry trees and an apple tree in our back yard. Due to the very warm March we had ...
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Transplanting indoor vegetable starts outside

Last year, I tried to start most of my vegetable garden inside while it was still cool outside. This included peas, corn, peppers, broccoli, tomatoes, pumpkins, and zucchini. Once it warmed up, I ...
4
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105 views

Are some varieties of Paulownia sterile?

Is it true that some varieties of Paulownia are sterile? And if so, where are they sold?
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347 views

Do I need an extra filter for aquaponics

In another question, it was mentioned that an aquarium filter like this would help in an aquaponics setup (picture). However, I thought the rocks played the role of the filter. Am I missing ...
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How do I get rid of wild grape vines?

I have what seems to be Wild Grape Vines killing off my hedges. Is there any other recourse besides uprooting them all? Would clipping them down and spraying stump rot be another possibility?
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What can I grow in a sealed office environment with no natural light or airflow?

Can ANY plant with green foliage survive in a sealed office environment with fluoroscent lighting from 8am to 5:30pm and air conditioning set at 20 C? For the remaining time, there is basically zero ...
6
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1answer
274 views

What is the relation between number of fish and number of plants in aquaponics

Is there like a rule of thumb of the relation between the amount (and size) of fish and the amount of plants growing in a aquaponic system? I started playing with aquaponics in a small setup, but I ...
6
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1answer
76 views

Is this a fungus?

I was doing my daily inspection of my plants I noticed this weird glob of stuff in the pot of one of my trees. I'm trying to figure out what exactly this is, because I've seen the same thing in ...
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2answers
811 views

What are some low-maintenance vegetables and annuals that take no extra care beyond watering?

We have a fairly short growing season-- last frost mid-May, first frost mid-Sept. This year, it's even more compressed because I'm having a baby in late June (yay!). I want to put an easy garden in ...
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4answers
491 views

How can I burn dead tree leaves and grass during wind?

It's a VERY VERY bad idea to burn the leftover grass and leaves during a windy day; however, do you know of any tricks that might solve this problem? I tried using a small metal bucket except that ...
3
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1answer
350 views

What is this clover-like plant with a thick woody root system?

This plant is growing all over the place in one part of the garden. I'm wondering whether to try to get rid of it completely, or just reduce it - but I'd like to know what it is. It seems to have a ...
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2answers
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How can I remove the moss growing on my lawn?

I have a lot of fairly thick, short moss growing on my lawn. The grass seems to be growing through it and looks healthy, but I still have a carpet of moss. I try raking it, but it's relentless and ...
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1answer
261 views

How should I care for my Calendula?

I have a small Calendula plant indoors and it is growing quite well. However, can I care for the plant better by following any specific care instructions? At the moment I'm just giving it plenty of ...
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Should I burn out my tree stumps?

I'm looking for the best way to get rid of tree stumps. I have so many on my property that digging them out by hand is almost unreasonable, and I can't get a truck into the back to pull them out. ...
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1answer
325 views

Why did the samaras on my maple suddenly turn pink?

I don't know a thing about Landscaping but have been getting more interested lately as I shop for houses. Just last week I realized that a maple tree in my front yard had pink "helicopters" (now I ...
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1answer
499 views

What is this furry, prickly leafed plant, found in the UK?

I've just moved into a new house and these weeds are dominating the garden. Any idea what they are or the best way to control them?
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1answer
235 views

What is this woody plant?

I just dug up this tree (I think it is a tree), and I wanted to know if someone could help me identify it. Click for larger images. This woody plant was growing in Illinois near some marshy land ...
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How can I tell if a plant given to me is patented?

Sometimes, I receive an unlabeled plant start from a friend, and they do not know if it is patented. If I want to grow and sell a plant in question, is it okay to just take the chance, or is there a ...
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1answer
413 views

What is the root span of Dwarf Southern Magnolia 'Little Gem'?

I can't seem to find any consistent information on the root structure of these guys. We were given one as a housewarming gift and would like to get it into the ground as soon as possible, however I'm ...
3
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0answers
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Protect apricot blossoms from frost [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I protect a peach tree from cold? Popcorn is popping on my apricot tree, but there's supposed to be a frost tomorrow. The trees are marginal for the valley I ...
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How can I prevent my Nepenthes pitchers from drying out?

I received what I guess is a Nepenthes last month, but the pitchers have all dried out by now. It starts with the lid drying up and once that happens it takes 10 days until the entire pitcher is all ...
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2answers
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Why is my pear tree dying around the blossoms?

Shortly after the blossoms fell on my pear, areas around the blossoms started to turn black and die. This is spreading. Although the dead areas tend to be on the end of the branches, there are ...
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1answer
198 views

What is a good companion for asparagus?

I am considering planting about 4 asparagus plants in a 5'x7' patch. The asparagus will take up most of the space in the patch. What companion plants would work well in such a space? Wikipedia ...
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Can I put a compost pile under a tree?

The most convenient spot for my new compost pile happens to be under a young apple tree. I would put it there, but I have a few questions first. Will I be able to make successful compost in heavy ...
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2answers
854 views

Is it okay to grow English ivy on the base of a tree trunk?

In one place in the yard, there is a carpet of ivy under a black walnut. Would it harm the tree in any way to let the ivy up to the base of the branches? I would like to do this so that the whole ...
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3answers
633 views

How can I grow cold weather crops in a hot climate?

I would really like to grow brocolli, potatoes, blueberries, and/or spinach in Oklahoma (zone 6). But all my previous attempts have failed miserably. Does anyone have pointers on how to do this, or ...
5
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1answer
292 views

Is there any kind of plant or vine that can grow so thick as to replace the need for sheetrock?

I've been looking at the sheet rock and I've decided it's kind of boring. I want to rip it out exposing the rafters behind it. I was thinking it'd be kind of cool to layer the framing and the sheet ...
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1answer
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How many spears can I expect from an average asparagus plant ready for harvest?

Pictures of young asparagus plants seem to indicate multiple spears will come from a single plant. But pictures of mature plants are harder to interpret. I want to know so that I can determine how ...
3
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2answers
532 views

What is the Identification of this robust bulb-plant?

Original Post (as suggested by jmusser I reverted my edits and put them into an answer) In my garden there is a bulb plant growing since the beginning of last autumn. The thin leaves have grown out ...
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1answer
385 views

Can I plant bulbs (e.g. tulips) under a lemon tree?

I've just been given some tulip bulbs, and pondering where to put them. I have space near a lemon tree that I have just planted. I have read that lemons have shallow roots, so you shouldn't plant ...
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163 views

Where can I find a large shrub to replace one that died in a hedge? (See details)

With the drought last year I lost two fairly large (~ 5 foot tall) Photonia/Redtip shrubs that were part of a hedge. I've been to several nurseries, but the biggest one I've seen for sale anywhere is ...
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1answer
3k views

Does spraying water on fruit trees after a frost help?

I have about 12 fruit trees (one pear, three peach and the rest are apple). We had an early warm spell which kicked the trees into high gear and they started to blossom. Unfortunately, we had 2 ...
2
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1answer
833 views

What is the best way to remove grass from my ground cover Sedum?

I have a bed of Improved Golden Sedum that is healthy in every way, but wants to go back to lawn. This is difficult to weed, because the grass has a very dense shallow root system, while the Sedum has ...
2
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1answer
253 views

What are the little bugs at my foundation?

The north side of my house is in the shade of some big spruces, and we're in a valley, so the area that they come from is quite shaded. They are little red ant-like insects that I never see until they ...
3
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1answer
442 views

How can I tell when my broccoli seeds are ready to harvest?

How can I tell when the seed pods of broccoli (assuming thats what these little things are) are ready to be saved for next seasons planting? Sorry the picture is so blurry, my phone would not focus ...
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1answer
1k views

Why are the tops of my Brussels Sprouts turning purple?

What does it mean when the tops of the Brussels Sprouts start to turn purple?
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1answer
958 views

What is the proper way to harvest Chamomile flowers?

I have some Chamomile plants that have started to flower and I would like to use them to for tea, but I am unsure of how. 1. When should I pick the flowers? 2. Do they need to be dried to be used? ...

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