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Identify this sprawling vine with five-lobed leaves with serrated edges

Can anyone identify this vine? It's currently growing on the ground, as it has nothing to climb, and it's sending out long shoots in several directions. I'm in zone 7a if that helps at all. Click for ...
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Can my tomato plant move indoors?

I have a potted tomato plant on my porch. The temperature is starting to drop as we move into fall; will it adapt well to being an indoor plant? My windows don't get a ton of sun I'm afraid. The plant ...
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What to plant in a shady London small area?

What shall I plant in the 4m² soil area in front of a London house? I want something beautiful and that needs minimal care. Also it shouldn't grow taller than 1m. The house is located South-East from ...
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What plants survive in a relatively dark room?

What can I plant in a pot that will survive in a relatively dark room?
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What could be wrong with this leaf blower?

A little over a year ago, after complaining about the amount of cord I had to use with our electric leaf blower I was gifted an inexpensive gas blower. A Ryobi 150 mph 400 CFM Gas Blower Vac from home ...
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Can salt be used to control weeds permanently?

I was reading over here that salt can be used to control weeds in paved areas? Is salt an effective way to kill all (or most) plant types? Is it a permanent solution? Will using salt affect ground ...
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Should I leave my bonsai oak tree outdoors during winter?

I live in southern Sweden, where temperatures can get down to around 20C / 4F in the winter. Any tree grown outdoors is exposed to quite a lot of darkness and cold from around early November to late ...
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Nutsedge nightmare. Is there an organic solution that will rid my lawn of ever spreading nutsedge?

I have been battling purple nutsedge (Cyperus rotundus) and yellow nutsedge (Cyperus esculentus) as long as I've had a lawn. These weeds grow from tubers. The tuber networks are connected by a baby ...
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How can I protect my citrus tree leaves from being eaten?

A couple of years ago I planted a lemon and a lime tree in my garden. They've been growing quite well but recently I noticed the leaves are patchy and holey - something has been eating them. What's ...
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What are these brown patches on my acanthocereus tetragonus (fairy castle cactus)?

I've had this pair of fairy castle cacti for several years now, and they've done fairly well. However, I noticed today that they have developed brown patches over most of their stems and a few areas ...
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Leveling a yard and laying sod

When I bought my house ~3 years ago, the backyard was being watered by hand even though it has a sprinkler system. The sprinklers had no supply line. EDIT: What I mean is, the supply line delivers no ...
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Is painting grass green for the sake of making it green for real?

There's a joke that in the army when the grass has any color but green it is painted so that it has "the right" color. Now I open Google and search for "painting grass" and there're numerous results ...
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Which herbs can be planted closely without having a negative effect on each other

I want to grow some herbs for regular use on my kitchen window sill. As herbs influence other plants growing next to them, I want to make sure they'll go well together before planting/sowing them. ...
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Help identify peach tree

I have a sadly neglected peach tree that with some spraying and pruning might continue to produce for a few more years. It has excellent peaches, and when the time comes, I'd like to replace it with ...
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Identify Common Lawn Varieties

I've run into this problem and I'm sure others will too: I want to know what variety of lawn I've got. Knowing your lawn type is important for: watering, PH levels, fertiliser, etc. And if you ...
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What are these swirly green growths inside my bell peppers?

I occasionally discover swirly green growths inside my bell peppers, such as the ones pictured below. What are they exactly? Are they edible?
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Which species is this Eucalyptus?

I noticed this spectacularly blue Eucalyptus tree growing in Seattle (USDA zone 8). It is partially shaded by a large Douglas fir and a building. Does anyone know Eucalyptus well enough to identify ...
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Why do plants root when placed in water, but die in standing water

A lot of plants need well drained soil. They're said to not like getting their feet wet. The explanation given is that the root need oxygen and will die and rot if they're in standing water for too ...
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1answer
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My 14' weeping willow tree's pruned main branch is growing off center

I pruned the main branch of my (7') weeping willow tree last year too low (I'm guessing) and now the main branch is about 3-5" off center. The tree is now about 12-14' high. Is this a problem? If ...
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Can anyone identify this weed with jagged leaves and tiny white flowers?

Here is the image: It grows in the Northeast USA in poor soil. A bit invasive but pulls out easily. I have an idea of what it is but would like confirmation. Does not smell or taste herbaceous. ...
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How do you stop rabbits from eating your lawn?

I'm experimenting with a patch of new lawn (different grass type) in the middle of my existing lawn but it must taste pretty good because the desert cotton tail rabbits are eating all the new shoots. ...
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1answer
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How do you mark lawn sprinkler heads?

How do you mark lawn sprinkler heads so that you don't hit them and break them with your mower when you're mowing?
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Can a raised vegetable garden co-exist with nearby fruit trees?

I am putting in new raised beds for a vegetable garden. The beds will be 40cm (16 inches) high. The beds will line the length of a fence and I am planning to put a row of fruit trees (possibly ...
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Pacific N.W. sandy, sloped probably acidic soil. Needs ground cover!

I have a 5 acre parcel of land and just excavated it, leaving just large cedars and firs. I am trying to find a low ground cover that's pretty dense and can cover at least an acre of hillside that ...
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1answer
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What chemicals react with greenhouse plastic and cause it to turn white?

I have a small PVC hoop house that I built last winter and plan on using again this winter. I found out first hand, then read about it later on, that the plastic used for greenhouses will react with ...
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Are there sources for what plants do require which uv light levels?

Tropical plants may require a higher UV level in the light, if not to grow, maybe to fruit. Are there studies / sources on that with actual quantities? Bamboo suggested in her answer to look at this ...
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Can I grow coffee outside of tropical climate zones?

Sure enough, botanical gardens do grow, for instance, Coffea arabica in hothouses, and, according to Wikipedia, its growth conditions do not seem impossible to achieve in a European or Northern ...
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What type of “ladder” are these plants on?

What type of "ladder" are these plants on?
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White spots on rose leaves

I have a rose. I have noticed that some of the leaves have got white dots and do not look healthy. There are also strings between some of them (similar to spider webs). I also noticed some small flies ...
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1answer
594 views

How to level an uneven lawn (due to moles)

I'm working against 5 years+ of no upkeep. The moles had been left unchecked and ruined the lawn. There are lots of high and low spots (a few inch difference in the worst spots) spread out over the ...
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1answer
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Strange things in my purchased manure / algae / compost-mix - unusable?

Three months ago I bought an (20kg pack) organic compost mix of (horse-)manure/algae/compost. In addition it states "naturally moist". I used some part of it and I put it, loosely closed, in a dry but ...
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How deep does a raised bed need to be for a veggie patch?

I am putting in some new raised veggie beds along a fence line and will also be putting in some climbers (probably passion fruit) between the beds and the fence for screening. To keep the vine/tree ...
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1answer
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Advice on growing Naranjilla (Solanum quitonense)?

I have been trying to transform a previously ornamental garden into a productive but still attractive one. I've used citrus and guavas for hedging, lemongrass for borders etc. One final niche I'm ...
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Why does my tree have splitting bark, dripping sap, and dead branches?

Our builder planted this tree, and I have no idea what kind it is. The bark seems to split and a lot of sap runs out of the tree. Since I don't know what kind of tree this is, I haven't been able to ...
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citrus, curled leaves

Is anyone able to identify this disease / pest? We have this on several citrus of different types including an orange, grapefruit, lime, and a mandarin orange. My first thought was that it could ...
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1answer
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How can I make permeable landscaping cloth drain better?

I got some synthetic grass for the dogs to play on. We put down landscaping cloth which is black with blue lines about every foot. The cloth was laid down, but we noticed that the dog pee didn't drain ...
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Rake or leave lawn clippings?

Is it better (healthier) for the lawn if rake and dispose of lawn clippings or if you leave them on the lawn to decompose and return to the soil?
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How to store (Iris)-rhizomes?

I dug out Iris rhizomes yesterday in order to put them somewhere else, I was surprised by their quantity and couldn't put all of them to their new destination due to space limitation. So, now I have ...
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How do you attract and keep worms in your garden?

I have seen worm farms for sale down at the hardware store but have always been discouraged by the price. I know the benefits of using worm poop/tea on your garden, but I'm wondering whether it is ...
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Are spreading spider plants a problem?

Spider plants have jumped from pots into the yard, and are spreading fairly rapidly across the shady portions, near the south fence. Will these become a problem in the future, or can I regard them as ...
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Identify this spiny seed from Northern California

What plant does this seed come from? I remember it being a low growing, sprawling weed that produced a ton of these little seeds that easily stick to clothes. In Northern California.
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1answer
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How do I know when hydroponic lettuce is ready to be harvested?

I will be growing lettuce hydroponically using an NFT system and HO 54w T5 6500k lights. I will be using an organic nutrient solution (AN Iguana Grow) as well. I have ordered some certified organic ...
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Why does a corn cob turn black?

We buy fantastic fresh corn from the farmer's market. If we leave it for a few days, sometimes the cob underneath the kernels has turned black. However, the kernels are still golden and taste fine. ...
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What did people whack weeds with before weed-whackers?

For a variety of reasons (poor outdoor storage, limited outlets, etc...) I do not want to get a gas or electric weed whacker, so I started to think of other options for maintaining the parts of my ...
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3answers
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How do I make my dead & weedy lawn suck less?

The severe drought in the midwest has killed my yard. The Fescue I planted in the spring (which took nicely) has completely died and is being replaced with crabgrass and native grasses. Other parts ...
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1answer
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How do I get rid of nettles in an organic way?

I have bunches of nettles in my yard. I would like to get rid of them without without regrowth. Any suggestions which do no require chemicals or tilling the soil ?
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Does oxygenated watering benefit deep clay?

I wonder if anyone has experience using oxygenated water to water their garden. I have deep clay with a bit of topsoil that I've been amending. But that can only do so much. My fruit trees have ...
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2answers
290 views

NFT Hydroponics for Lettuce

I am looking at building a small NFT system to test the viability of growing lettuce commercially for local consumption. Investigating options for NFT. Right now I am looking at using 3"-4" PVC or ...
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1answer
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Identification of plant growing on Grange-over-Sands promenade, in organised flower bed

Plant growing adjacent to the sea, so salt tolerant. Dense, ground cover type plant. Longish, ovate leaves, central spine to leaf. Leaves green, central spine whiteish. Flowers on red stem stand above ...
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What are some low maintenance plants I can use for my front yard?

I've got two sections in my front yard, each with one terrible looking plant. I've removed all other plants(mostly weeds). I want to remove the remaining two plants leaving me with a clean slate. ...

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