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What are these insects laying eggs on the underside of this butterfly flower leaf?

+1 for manual pest control. I just snipped these infected leaves off a butterfly flower plant growing in a bucket in the yard. What are these? (besides now ashes)
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What are these 3' to 5' tall plants from my new back yard, and how should I remove them?

I just moved into a new apartment (in Brooklyn, NY) with my own backyard. My girlfriend and I are very excited. However, my backyard is overgrown with that vine-looking-green-stuff. My current plan ...
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What is this pest attacking and killing a douglas fir?

My parents had two 40 year-old douglas firs in their garden in Berlin-area in Germany. One has died in a process of 3 years and has now been removed. It all started with some resin bleedings in 6 ...
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What would cause only one cane of a raspberry plant to show nutrient defficiency?

I have a Canby raspberry plant. One cane is showing some form of nutrient deficiency. On other hand, the other stalk is is flourishing and even budding fruit. What would cause this, seeing as the two ...
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Cabbage and Broccoli Pests

I have planted around a month ago several small plants of cabbage, broccoli, kales, and arranged also a raised beds for herbs. 1: Pests. Lately, I noticed that most of the plants had been bitten, ...
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What are some good plant suggestions for a cool climate in an apartment?

I'm staying in an apartment which has no balcony (it's a single bedroom house). I want some flowers/houseplants which do not require much sunlight or space. Can some one suggest any plants? The ...
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Why do the leaves of my avocado tree have brown edges and spots?

I have inherited an avocado tree in a hot, arid climate in a very windy spot. It has been watered well, but its leaves look like something is wrong with it - they have brown edges. Perhaps it's ...
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What is an easy vegetable to grow in a hot, dry summer / cool, wet winter climate?

I want to try growing vegetables. What is an easy veggie to start with? I live in a climate with hot, dry summers and cool rainy winters.
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How to cut optimally the basil on my balcony?

My context: I have a basil in a pot which is unfortunately not very big. I like to cook with basil and sometimes I cut some leafs. My question: Is there a way to cut the leafs in order to maximize ...
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City wants to remove our White Pines - how should we respond?

We planted White Pine trees 4 years ago they now stand 3 foot high. The city would like us to remove them because they are 6 foot from the street and sewer lines. We feel these trees will never ...
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What is a long-term solution to a goathead infestation?

I live in New Mexico and bought house with a yard that is absolutely and totally completely infested with goathead plants (For those unfamiliar, here's what their seedpods look like--should be pretty ...
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What plant is this?

Does anyone know the name of this plant? I live in North Georgia.
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Can anyone tell me what this weed is?

It is low to the ground and is all over the borders.
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What preventative action should I take against Fruit Fly?

I am in Sydney, Australia. This coming (arrived?) summer I have several fruit trees which will be bearing fruit for the first time. This includes a peach tree and nectarine (both of which already have ...
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I want to lower the pH of my soil around my blueberries without changing the pH of the entire bed

I've got 3 Jersey blueberry shrubs planted in my greenhouse, in the ground. They are 3' wide and 2' tall, producing berries nicely. They'll be bigger in the years to come but this year I planted ...
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Looking for basic info/resources for drip irrigation

I had my irrigation system installed about 8 years ago. The guy who did it was a landscaper but did it as a friend on the side, and as such I have no idea what corners he may have cut to save me some ...
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How do electric tillers compare with gas powered ones?

I have 6 raised beds filled with topsoil and compost, and am looking for a tiller. They total about 200 sq.ft. I see a lot of electric tillers on the market and wonder how they perform compared to gas ...
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What should I do to improve a lawn growing on a new construction lot?

A builder built a new home for us last year (2013) and put sod in the front, and a seed blanket in the back. The seed blanket came up somewhat patchy, so we bought a few bags of seed and a spreader, ...
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Hardy edible perennials that are easy to propagate?

I'm looking for hardy (USDA Z4/Z5; -15F winter lows) perennials (or low maintenance reseeding annuals) that are easy/reliable to propagate either via cuttings, division, or seed. The growing season is ...
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How fast does a Thuja hedge grow after being burnt?

A fire destroyed about 40cm of the upper part of my Thuja hedge. I have 2 questions: Should I cut off the burnt branches to help regrowth or can I leave it as it is? How long will it take to grow ...
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What should I do with unharvested berries on my loganberry plant?

I've inherited a loganberry bush, and failed to harvest a crop of berries before they shriveled up. What should I do now? Is there any benefit in picking them anyway? Would that encourage a new crop? ...
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What's the most hardy red fleshed apple for the Pacific Northwest?

I had two wonderful red fleshed apples in Birch Bay, Washington. We've moved to St. Helens, Oregon and I can't find any here. I'd love to replace them. Does anyone know where I might find these and ...
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Is it normal for drip hose to tear when pulled from compression fitting?

I have an older drip/soaker hose setup that I'm attempting to patch. I've had leak troubles which means I have pulled the hoses from the compression fittings several times while attempting to fix it. ...
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What is the best mowing direction on a hill?

I use a riding mower to cut my grass. My yard has a short but somewhat steep slope on one side. The instructions for my lawn tractor say to only cut up or down a hill, not across it, but doesn't ...
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How do I remove dandelions without damaging my lawn?

My lawn is infested with dandelions. Although they're benign, the flowers are fun to play with and the plant has several useful properties, it sure is an eyesore and I'd like to get rid of it. How can ...
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Why do blueberries need acidic soil?

I know that blueberries need soil in the range of ph 4-5, but no one ever says why they need the pH in that range. I've heard that it may be because of a lack of available iron at higher pH, and that ...
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What is this tall, alternate leaved plant from Piedmont region MD?

It comes up in the spring, gets about 3.5 ft tall, never blooms & dies back in winter. I've pulled up a lot of it; it grows from an underground thick runner type root system. I think it's a ...
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Is it too late for this tomato?

I started these tomatoes on the soil and they were kind of crowded. I placed 2 of the largest ones in a separate container and they already have 2 tomatoes and lots of flowers, these where the others ...
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Will Chanterelle mushrooms grow under shrubs in my yard?

I would like to grow some Chanterelle mushrooms (Cantharellus cibarius) under some shrubs in my yard. Will they grow in the narrow space between the shrubs?
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Why are my French Cobra bean flowers not being pollinated?

I have French Cobra bean which I heard is supposed to self pollinate. In the mean time all the flowers just dry out and fall off leaving a small stem behind. It's the first time I grow beans and I ...
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1answer
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How can I improve the soil in a new allotment, which is covered in wild grass?

I am in the process of getting hold of a standard style UK allotment, 10 poles or about 10x25m (2722.5 sq. ft., .052 acres) The plot will be covered mostly in wild tall grasses, and is likely to have ...
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Do these sunflower seedlings need to be thinned?

I have two questions regarding the sunflower seedlings in the picture below. I think my sunflowers are too close together. How much should I thin them and based on their height, does now seem like a ...
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Are these bushes sun damaged?

I have two of these bushes -I'm not sure what they are, maybe somebody knows? It looks like they might be sun damaged. I know that there used to be a tree nearby that provided some shade, which makes ...
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What is causing curling leaves on my potted Rosy Glow barberry bushes?

I have a few Rosy Glow Barberries that I bought when they were little. I live in a very hot and humid area, so I put them under 60% shade cloth. Well, they turned green, so that told me that they ...
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How can I keep earwigs from eating my basil?

Last night I found that earwigs have been eating my newly planted basil plants. They have only been in the ground for a few days, and it didn't take long for the earwigs to find them. The planted ...
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Can I use the output from a house boiler to heat a greenhouse?

I live in relatively cold, rainy Manchester in the north of England and have been experimenting with growing chillies and tomatoes. I've found that they are fine indoors, but die quite quickly ...
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What is this narrow leaved, aromatic plant native to Attica, Greece?

Can you tell me what this plant is? It is native here in Attica, Greece. It comes out every summer and goes away at winter. It is very aromatic to the touch. That is if you pass your hand over it, ...
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What is the best organic way to defeat slugs?

Most of the seedlings I have planted out this year have been eaten by slugs within a day. I have my final two runner bean plants that need to go out. How can I prevent these from being the next ...
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When should I pile more dirt onto a growing potato plant?

I've heard that I should be piling dirt onto my potato plants as they grow so that I end up with little mounds. My potato plants have started to poke through the surface. Should I totally cover ...
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How and when to plant young grafted fruit tree?

Our backyard is in a Mediterranean climate (Adelaide plains, South Australia) and we've been gifted a young grafted apple tree which has its root ball still wrapped in plastic. It's about 1.3m (4ft) ...
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1answer
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What is this lawn weed with cut-edged leaves and five petaled pink-purple flowers, found in Belgium?

I have recently had to move, and we have a lawn that has not been taken care of for some time. Due to this it's about 30% grass, with the rest being assorted weeds/wildflowers. I've managed to ...
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What should I do when a courgette-plant's stem has split open?

I have one courgette plant in my bed and it seems to work well. We just had 2 super hot days (35 C) and I just saw the the stem (which has become really dark recently) has split open very close to ...
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Is it too late to start growing vegetables in June in a northern/cold climate?

I've gotten into gardening recently and I have a lot of herbs and small plants on my balcony. I have a cabin about a 30 minute drive away with a decent amount of land. I was thinking about building ...
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What is this 2' high plant with curved spikes of white flowers, growing in eastern Massachusetts?

Please identify this plant. It is about two feet tall and thriving in the shade of large trees near the edge of a small street.
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Does a Hover mower with roller or a cylinder mower with roller better fit with my requirements?

I have a new large back garden with about 1/5 acre of grass. At the moment, the neighbor comes in and cuts for us on her ride-on. I've had electricity points put in all up the garden and would like ...
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What is this annual vegetable garden weed with minute daisy-like flowerheads?

This plant grows in my vegetable gardens, and recently abandoned garden plots, but I haven't seen it at all on the rest of the property, including the landscaped beds. This indicates a preference to ...
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What is this plant with spiky leaves found on a beach in Indonesia?

Some time ago I found a plant on Depok Beach (Yogyakarta, Indonesia). This is what it looks like: It looks like spiky leaves that grow from its branches. The leaves are actually quite hard: you ...
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How do you identify a plant?

I'm pretty new to gardening and landscaping. Having recently bought a house, one of the things I'd like to be able to do is identify the trees and smaller plants that are on the property so I can ...
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What are the (essential) Tools that every gardener should own?

Credit where credit is due, this idea is pinched from over here: Tools that every Do-it-Yourselfer must own What tools should every gardener own, have at their disposal (preferably essential tools)? ...
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How do I determine what vegetables I can grow on a hot arid island in June?

I will be spending four months on Lanzarote this year, an arid island off the African coast, and want to grow vegetables for home consumption there. The summer is sunny, hot, and dry; local ...

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