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What are the consequences of espalier on a non dwarf tree?

I read a recommendation that espalier should be performed with trees grafted onto dwarf roots. What challenges or problems can I expect if I don't use a dwarf tree? If it makes a difference, I'm ...
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Stone Degree Cut for Fire Pit

I am building a fire pit out of Square driveway type stones. I am trying to figure out at what degree I need to cut them to make them fit together in a circle tight. The squares are 9.75" Sq. How do ...
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What is this grass and how prevalent is vivipary in grasses?

We noticed some seedlings emerging from the flower head of an unidentified grass flower head yesterday. None of us had seen this before and we wondered how common it was and if it is more prevalent ...
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Why have my chilli seedlings stopped growing?

6 days ago, I repotted some chilli seedlings after they started showing their 3rd pair of leaves. They were the biggest seedlings at the time. Since then they seemed to have stopped growing. These are ...
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Can a lemon tree become an orange tree?

I feel stupid to ask this, as there are many posts on Google about this, and I can't tell, if people are writing these stories for fun or it is real. Some claim that if you have a many old lemon ...
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Hedge plant (Lillypilly?) looks like it is dying. Is there anything I can do?

The plant (in the foreground of the picture) appears to be dying after a storm last tuesday. The leaves has got a darkish colour, and the flowers are turning brownish. They are supposed to be bright ...
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What is this weedy grass and how can I control it?

I have a grassy weed with flowering seedheads at the top. What is it and how do I get rid of it in my yard?
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Can I plant tulip or daffodil bulbs in 6" of soil, over a concrete foundation?

I have recently bought a house and I was planning a small tulip patch. I dug my ideal area on the backyard, 6" deep, just to discover I had chosen the spot where an old foundation had been covered ...
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How can I ensure a crop of potato seeds?

Background: I did an experiment where I put the cut seed potatoes directly onto a live lawn, and then covered with 4" of premium bark mulch. The plants did exceptionally well, and I noticed that a ...
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What is this flower that smells like a skunk?

This has been blooming in the sun in my yard in Massachusetts for the past two weeks. We've only lived here since last spring and since I didn't plant it, I'm guessing it's a perennial. What's ...
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Is it possible to recycle a Jack-o'-lantern into compost?

Since pumpkins are organic material, I'm assuming it would be okay to add them to a composting pile. Is there any reason as to why pumpkins shouldn't be composted?
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Aquaponics: lobsters, clams, oysters and tilapia all in the same tank? [on hold]

New to the forum. Hi everyone! I've really been getting into gardening over the past year and have just started looking at aquaponics. I hope to one day build my own homestead, and want a big ...
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Can I dig up a wilting Begonia in the garden and turn it into a houseplant?

I live in Massachusetts and have some begonias that have been very happy all summer planted in a mostly shady area of my garden. The recent cold nights have caused the flowers to fall and the leaves ...
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How can I temporarily grow grass on concrete?

I just bought a house that has a backyard, but much of it is taken up by a concrete pad that connects the driveway to the garage. I was thinking about having the pad removed because I want to put ...
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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 ...
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What is the best way to kill a banana shoot but not the entire plant?

Well the recent winter was pretty bad for the bananas, so I cut them down to ground level, and new shoots are coming up. Great (although that means no flowers or bananas this year). The problem now ...
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How can I keep my cycad from growing too large?

For the first year, my cycad was a stout and aesthetic little plant. But then its annual fronds shot out. And they kept shooting out. And today the plant looks like this: Each frond is about 2 feet ...
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How do I treat and care for trees infested with borers?

One of my apple trees recently started to look like it's dying (leaves dying when they shouldn't, bark peeling, lack of fruit, new branches growing and then quickly dying). My neighbor looked at it ...
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Should I prune Rudbeckia for winter?

My Rudbeckias have had a great 2nd summer, have now grown up to 60cm ish in height and have flowered like mad for at least a couple of months. I'm just wondering how best to care for them over the ...
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Is dolgo crabapple a dwarfing rootstock?

Emerald Spire crabapple is produced by grafting onto Dolgo crabapple stock. I know that apples are commonly grafted onto crabapple rootstocks to dwarf them. On a Dolgo root stock the tree nominally ...
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What is this carefree succulent flowering potted plant?

Anyone know what plant this is? It was planted in a large pot a long time ago by a friend. The dirt in the pot has not been changed for years! It blooms around the summer time and stays till mid ...
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What is this plant with white flowers found in the German Alps?

The picture was taken in the German Alps in about 1500m. What is it? Click for full-size
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What is the ideal state of symbiotic balance in soil called?

I have been looking into organic gardening recently and I remember seeing something that I found very interesting. It had to do with the soil being in perfect balance with bacteria, insects, and the ...
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What is this weed and how can I eliminate it?

I live in Nova Scotia, and I have been fighting with this weed for at least 7 years. It is in my flower garden. I have gone so far as to try to follow each of the white roots though the soil and ...
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What is this vine with cordate, alternate leaves?

Someone in US gave this plant to my friend who lives in Vietnam, to cure his cancer. It was grown in the US. What is this plant?
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How can I check quality of sprinkler blowouts?

We just had our sprinklers blown out, and are starting to suspect the quality of the work we got. Within 5 minutes of discovering that we had a blowout scheduled, our fee was charged and the guy ...
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What is the difference between pure horse manure and bedding manure?

I can easily get my hands on horse manure from bedding locally. I might be able to collect the pure one with a little bit of patience (I don't need large quantities). I'm wondering whether I should ...
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What is this invasive vine/creeper with round, variegated leaves?

From what I can tell it's a pretty invasive plant. It's been growing in my New York backyard for decades. It has not come to my attention until recently, now that I have picked up gardening. It has ...
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Why is my spinach flowering and how can I prevent it?

It is an unusually warm year in Minnesota. I planted two rows of spinach around April 15th. Now (end of May) I have two rows of spinach about 2 inches tall, and it all started flowering. Is it now ...
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What are some good vegetables for a beginner, and how do I find quality seeds?

I have taken a recent interest in gardening, particularly growing herbs and vegetables. I don't know much, but I'm going to wing it and learn from trial and error. I have a few questions that I ...
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What birdseed can I use to attract native birds in Houston, TX, that won't attract squirrels?

I'd like to know what kind of bird seed would be good for the birds in the Houston area without attracting pests or creating a harmful environment for my garden. I've tried going to the local pet ...
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What is this houseplant, and what can I do to keep it from going downhill?

Looking for help with this plant we recently got. Not much of a plant person, but struggling with this one in particular. Don't know what it is..but I think it's slowly going. I think the soil is ...
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What is this large plant with spikes of hot pink bracts and lavender, trumpet shaped flowers, that's growing in South Africa?

This photo was taken mid-April in the Southern hemisphere, so Autumn. It's about 2m tall, growing in full sun, and is in Pretoria, South Africa.
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How to care for columbines before winter (Zone 5-6)?

I just moved to a new house and I have noticed a nice patch of columbines. I love columbines so I would love to have them back next spring. I live in Toronto (Zone 5-6). I was wondering what should ...
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When should I harvest my carrots?

I live in central Ohio, zone 6a. Last year I harvested my carrots right after Labor Day (first Monday of September) and they were pretty nice. I've been picking them as needed this year, but I'm ...
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Is there anything I can put on my lawn to prevent my dog from digging?

About a year ago, we had a really bad gopher problem in our backyard. I've successfully trapped and eliminated all the gophers but my dog sometimes can still smell something and goes crazy digging. I ...
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When to dig out carrots for consumption at the latest in autumn? [duplicate]

Starting from which temperature it doesn't make sense anymore to keep carrots in the ground if their final destination is consumption? I'm in the midst of autumn here and last week we had still 20 ...
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Why did the leaves on my Plumeria alba develop black spots and fall off?

I got a small Plumeria alba tree in my office, right next to a very sunny window. At first it was growing brand new leaves and looked great. Over time the leaves got black dots and fell off and the ...
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What is killing my moss?

We have great moss growing between and on the bricks on a patio on the north side of our house. It always seems to do well. This fall I slipped on what I thought was mud, but actually appears to be ...
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How do I grow roses from seed?

I'm starting with the assumption that roses can grow from seed, as that's how most plants reproduce. I'm wanting to grow roses with rosehips, which handily contain seeds. I can try cuttings as well ...
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How far down do I need to dig when sifting out rocks from a garden?

I'm still working on sifting through an area of my backyard in order to make a garden for next year. I'm pretty sure it used to be a gravel lot, since all the rocks are the ones found in gravel ...
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What are these mushrooms growing in the shade in Houston, Texas?

What kind of Mushrooms are these? I found them growing in my yard near Houston, Texas (UDSA Zone 9a). Click on any picture for full size
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What is this pink flowering alpine shrub?

What's the name of this plant and where can one find it? The picture is taken in the Austrian Alps in maybe 2500m. Click image for full size
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What is a good choice for an edible fruit producing plant given a space of 20 ft x 3 ft?

There is a patch of lawn between the driveways of my neighbour and I of dimension ~5 ft x 20 ft. I would like to plant edible fruit producing plants in my half of this strip of dirt and not have it ...
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What herbs/vegetables/greens can be grown in a balcony garden with limited sunlight?

Growing up in a house with a yard, we had a pretty decent sized garden with fruits, vegetables, and herbs galore. Since moving to "the city", I haven't had a yard, and I miss being able to grow things ...
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What is the name of this houseplant, and how can I prevent it from drying out?

One of my friends gave me this plant as present about two weeks ago. Now it`s starting to dry out, while retaining green leaves (without yellowing). At first I watered it every day, but now water it ...
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How can I love a Silver Maple?

I'm reading this question What is the average lifespan of most maple trees? and the answer mentions: Silver maple 100 years (I cannot imagine why you would want to plant this species) followed ...
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What plants will keep ladybugs happy?

What plants/grasses can I plant to entice the ladybugs in my garden to stay? They are great for controlling aphids, but seem to move on pretty quickly.
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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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What happens when a chainsaw chain meets a nail or piece of steel wire when cutting through wood?

Assuming any of the following: there's an unnoticed steel nail in a log used in some structure or there's an unnoticed steel nail in a tree body (often happens when people attach illegal ads to ...

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