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Managing weeds around fruit trees

I have an elevated garden bed with some citrus trees. The problem is that the whole area is full of weeds (mostly a mix of crabgrass and dandelions) that are nearly as high as the fruit trees. Because ...
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What do the numbers in the names of indoor liquid fertilizers mean?

I went to pick up some liquid fertilizer for the plant I keep at work and I saw several varieties : Liquid Growth Indoor Plant 4-12-9 Food; All Purpose Liquid Concentrate Plant Food 12-4-8 with ...
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How to prevent mold growth on moss ( kept in a closed jar )?

The moss is kept in a closed, humid environment, and white mold is taking over in some parts. Any advise on how to prevent the mold from competing and overtaking the moss? When I look for answers on ...
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150 views

What are good plants to use in a container-based winter garden?

I live in an apartment that has a small outdoor patio and I'm looking to create a little container garden this autumn/winter. I'm located in the US (hardiness zone is 7) and I'm looking for ideas ...
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How should I choose which trees to cull?

I harvest firewood from a small woodlot behind my house. I almost exclusively cut "culls" -- dead, dying, or diseased trees that aren't going to yield much additional wood in the future anyway. My ...
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Using carpet to stop weeds

I've got these citrus trees in my back yard but they're surrounded by weeds (5 foot high). The garden bed is elevated and hard to mow. I also have this old carpet just waiting to be thrown away. I'm ...
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135 views

How do I get rid of moles and mice humanely? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: How can I get rid of gophers in a non-lethal way? How can I get rid of rabbits in my yard Is there any way to prevent vole lawn destruction during snow cover? I have ...
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What's a fast growing hedge suitable for Western Australia?

So I've got a large front yard and I want to use a hedge to divide it and provide some privacy. I live in Western Australia so the soil is very sandy and the area receives full sun, sometimes getting ...
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What are the teeny tiny white bugs on my tomatoes?

The bugs are exceptionally small. I've included a video here. It may be related to the stretched and disfigured appearance of my tomatoes.
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What is this large flat leafed plant with yellow flowers (central Missouri)

I live in an apartment building, and my landlord has neglected to mow the back yard for quite a while now. In this time period this unknown plant that I've never seen before has grown to a height of ...
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How do I remove dandelions and bull thistle from my lawn?

My backyard is completely (seriously, completely) infested with weeds -- bull thistles (or spear thistles) and dandelions (the common yellow-flower weed), to be specific. Bull Thistle (source: ...
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1answer
993 views

How do I tell if a Green Fig is ripe?

There is a Kadota (I think) fig tree in our yard - the fruit is massive, slightly squishy, and the holes at the bottom of the figs are starting to open and they're starting to pale. How do I tell if ...
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Why has my mint plant gone all woody/sparse/stringy?

I grew my mint plant in a pot to contain the roots, and that has worked well for 3-4 months. However, the plant is not really producing fresh leaves now. Is there anything I can do?
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How do I go about planning the layout of a sprinkler network for my lawn?

There are several great questions and helpful guides on lawns and lawn-repair on this site. Since it's the lawn laying season now, I've started thinking about laying a sprinkler network prior to ...
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586 views

Can kitchen waste be used as manure?

Can kitchen wastes (like potato peels, onion skins, orange rinds, egg shells, tea inside tea bags etc) be used as manure? If so, how to use them?  Right now, I'm just dumping them in soil, which I ...
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77 views

Is it possible to get a plant that is just a genetic dud?

Is it possible that an instance of a plant could just be a dud. As in even with great care it is never healthy?
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246 views

Is there such a thing as a specifically indoor only orange/citrus tree?

I obtained an orange tree a few months ago and it always seems to have a lot of problems. Curling leaves, yellow leaves and dying leaves. I am not looking for suggestions as to why I have problems ...
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Do I need to put landscape fabric under ground cover plant to prevent weeds growing?

I have a large hillside area, where usually weeds are out of control. For the next year, I am thinking about using some kind of ground-cover plants such as English Ivy to cover the area. I am not sure ...
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Is it safe to change the entire soil surrounding the roots?

Usually when you buy plants from the store, the soil type might not be suitable to them. Is it safe to change the soil completely? I mean to remove all the soil around most of the roots, then put it ...
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How do I encourage my plum tree to produce fruit?

I have a victoria plum which I planted almost 3 years ago and hasn't produced any fruit. Last year (1st summer) it produced a small amount of blossom. This year it produced a lot of blossom but no ...
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How can I tell if my apples are ready to harvest?

I have a young apple tree (Spartan) with a small number of nice sized apples. How can I tell if they are ready to harvest?
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1answer
449 views

Do I need to correct the pH of my newly re-potted citrus tree?

I tried my hand at making my own soil for my citrus tree re potting. See below for the long story reasoning. I mixed EKO store bought (I live in an apartment) organic compost with coco coir and ...
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When is the best/acceptable time to perform a fall core aeration and seeding on a lawn?

I live in Southern NJ, USA (Mid Atlantic/Northeast region). I recently contracted with a (well known, national) lawn care company to perform some maintenance on my lawn (aeration, fertilizers, ...
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1answer
687 views

How to help a Jade plant heal?

I have a couple of Jade plants ( Crassula ovata ) that I have grown from leaf pieces over the course of the last 10 years or so. This year, for the first time, they appear to have been attacked by ...
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How can I grow a pineapple plant from a store-bought pineapple?

I've read in several places that a pineapple plant can be grown from the top of a store-bought pineapple, provided it has a crown/leaves intact. The only problem is that I'm finding many ...
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When should sunflower seeds be harvested?

I've got a few giant sunflowers that are hanging pretty low. I peeled off a few seeds around the outside just to see what they looked like and they look pretty big. They're fairly light though, not ...
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595 views

How frequently should I prune a tomato plant?

My tomato plant is about 6 months old and about a foot and a half tall. How often should you prune your tomato plant during this stage? Is it possible to over prune the plant? I usually use the ...
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1answer
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How can I dissolve the gunked up fertilizer in a Scotts Turfbuilder drop spreader?

My spreader is gunked up with fertilizer so that the agitator does not spread out the fertilizer and seed anymore. How can I dissolve the fertilizer that is gunked in the agitator so that the spreader ...
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512 views

Best practice to prevent aphids and spider mites?

What is the best practice to prevent aphids and spider mites? I group them in one question because they make similar damage to plants. I want to know the level of humidity for aphids and spider mites ...
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202 views

How much heat can a cherry chili pepper withstand?

How about 45 to 49 degree Celsius? In the morning, usually the temperature is quite high, and sometimes it goes up to 40+. I help to lower the temperature in the morning just once before I go to work. ...
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What is the proper technique to hand pollinate an eggplant?

I have an eggplant that has thus far produced several flowers, but no fruit yet. I have read that hand pollination is often necessary for eggplant to produce fruit. How do I go about hand pollinating ...
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188 views

How can we keep high air humidity with simple setup?

I want to plant a small size sinningia in my office. I read about the plant and found that it requires high air humidity. How can I maintain a high air humidity in my office with a simple setup?
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393 views

Should I lift my onion crop?

Looks like my onion crop is done (end of August). The green part has died right back and I've got just the bulb sat a little way into the soil. I don't have a good rodent-proof cool dry dark outdoor ...
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479 views

When should I plant out a peach sapling?

When is the best time to plant out a peach sapling? I have been trying my hand at growing cuttings from peach tree prunings, and eventually(*) have one that is almost big enough to plant out. I'll ...
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Why are my peach leaves turning orange?

During summer, the leaves on my peach tree turn an orange-green shade. Is this normal? Is this a response to heat stress, drought, or something else (e.g. mineral deficiency during high heat ...
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626 views

What is this weed and how do I get rid of it?

I'm located in northern Utah, USA. There is a weed which is proving difficult to control, which I haven't been able to identify. It is usually fairly easy to pull, but you only get a small bit of ...
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When to lay turf in the UK?

There are many books & websites which will tell me the optimal time of year to lay turf. However, laying turf requires all kinds of preparation, plus you've got to coordinate obtaining the stuff ...
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Is there any reason not to add commercially produced flowers to compost?

Is there any reason to avoid putting flowers purchased from the florist in compost? The flowers were gifts but are now wilting. Would florists or growers use anything on the flowers to preserve them ...
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1answer
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Can I eradicate blackspot on roses with a winter pruning?

In mid-winter, I pruned my standard roses back harshly. Black-spot can be a problem on these roses. The pruning is such that they have hardly any leaves. The remaining leaves do not have any ...
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How efficient are stump removal chemicals?

As a skeptic, I am generally wary of any claims that say something that is generally hard is made easy by a product. I was wondering if anyone could offer some advice if they have experience with ...
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2answers
711 views

Is there a way to discourage a tomato plant from growing too tall?

I have a tomato plant that is now 6ish feet tall and still seems to be growing up and up. Is there a way to discourage this upward growth and keep it to a height that I won't need a ladder to harvest? ...
9
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1answer
363 views

What kind of chili turns brown and shrivels when ripening on the plant?

I have a few of these chili plants growing and they produce a longish (approx 4", sometimes curled chili that turns brown and begins to shrivel (slightly) when it ripens. It does not transition to a ...
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1answer
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Is there any cure or treatment for a queen palm tree diagnosed with fusarium decline?

A "certified arborist" looked at the tree (>20ft high) and determined that this was the cause. Some of the fronds in the tree seem frozen in place, while most have actually drooped down completely ...
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4answers
615 views

How do I encourage pepper seeds to germinate?

In the past 2 months, I tried to germinate some pepper seeds, but all of them failed. I used some tiny pots to contain the soil (don't know more about it; just black soil in general) and the planted ...
9
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1answer
513 views

Will an unevenly coloured (green) pumpkin ripen to a nice even orange?

My experience of cucurbits is mostly courgettes and cucumbers which a) don't matter too much about an even colour and b) don't sit so heavily on the ground. But with a pumpkin it's all about how it ...
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How do I provide support to a growing sunflower?

I am growing sunflowers and they grow quite high, sometimes toppling over. What kind of support can I give to them in this case?
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1answer
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How can I help a sunburned jade tree recover?

I put my jade tree out to get some sun yesterday, and apparently the sun was a little too blazingly direct. Instead of the healthy red edges I was expecting to see, several of the leaves are now ...
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381 views

How can I naturally encourage birds into my garden?

We love having our garden filled with birds, thus we have put up a variety of bird feeders. We also make lots of water available for the birds. The result is a 2½ year old that can identify about ...
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Are millipedes good or bad for the garden?

Are millipedes considered good or bad for plants? From wikipedia: Millipedes are detritivores and slow moving. Most millipedes eat decaying leaves and other dead plant matter, moisturising the ...
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2answers
677 views

Is September too late to plant winter greens in USDA zone 6?

I have Red Russian Kale and Collards that I want to grow for a late-season crop, but I keep procrastinating. Is late August/Early September too late to put them out in order to get enough greens to ...

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