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Why do the leaves on my black fig tree have white patches?

I bought a fig tree from a local DIY store, and it's started developing these white patches. Does anybody know what they indicate?
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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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Need Help Identifying Mystery Berry

Anyone know what these berries are? I wasn't able to get a good closeup with my phone, but they have a crevice on one side, similar to the "butt" shape of a peach. EDIT When I took the original ...
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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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Will my Black Bamboo survive winter outside, zone 6

I live in Louisville, KY. Zone 6. I have a newly planted baby black bamboo plant in a large pot. I'm curious if I don't bring it in in the winter if this will completely die out and I'll have to start ...
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Is there an easier way to aerate my compost besides turning it?

I want to be a good composter, but turning my pile is backbreaking work. I was looking through a gardening magazine today and I saw a contraption that was basically a three foot long pole that had ...
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Can a black pine be dug in late May during candle growth?

We need to have 15 black pines in the 12 - 14' range dug for a client. The nursery says they'd like to wait 3 weeks or more until the candles harden off more. Due to construction and staging ...
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Is it okay to line the top of a container with plastic to hold water inside?

One of the problems with container gardening in my area is that you generally have to water the plants every single day in the summer (except on occasion) or else they have a high likelihood of dying ...
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Can I use lawn clippings to mulch my vegetable garden?

Our lawn grows crazy-fast and if I'm too slow between mowings, I leave a thick trail of grass clippings on the lawn. So two questions: Can I use these to mulch my vegetable garden? Are there any ...
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Why did my young cucumbers turn yellow and fall off?

My baby cucumbers turned yellow and fell off. I have 2 cucumber plants that produced 8 cucumbers each, however, the other flowers with small cucumbers turned yellow and fell off. What causes that ...
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Building a DIY greenhouse - where to start?

I'd like to build an inexpensive, removable greenhouse over the back deck. The deck is approximately 20' x 8'. I'd like to build it for easy disassembly and storage in the summer. I've never seen ...
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Is this an Ailanthus tree (“tree of heaven”)

Just found this small tree growing on the backside of the property and wanted to know if this can be positively identified. The base of the stems are a fairly bright red that fades to green. I ...
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How should I care for a bonsai Bouganvillea?

I just received a bonsai tree as a gift for Mother's Day and it's losing its leaves. I found the insert information card which says the type of bonsai is "Bougainvillea" At first I had the bonsai ...
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Black spots, curling leaves on potatoes, help identify problem

First, some relevant information: I am growing Yukon Gold potatoes. I am in hardiness zone 6b. The weather over the last month has been dryer than normal for the area I am in (Northeastern US). I ...
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What is the white substance on my hibiscus?

We live in Southwest Florida. About a month ago, or maybe a little longer, I trimmed back our hibiscus plants. Today, I just noticed this mass of white, almost looks powdery, substance on the branches ...
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What is a suitable age for Good Teak tree?

I was just thinking of growing 4-5 teak trees in my backyard garden as an investment. Does any one know whats a good age for a teak tree to be cut down to be sold ? I just figured since we have a ...
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How do I turn a plastic stock tank into a vermicomposter?

We have a Rubbermaid, plastic stock-tank. It has an unfixable crack in it and we've been saving it incase we could find a future use for it. I've just started getting into composting and I plan to ...
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irrigation setup for a newly planted 15 foot cherry tree and 15 foot river birch

I have a newly planted 15 foot cherry tree. I am setting up an irrigation system. How often and how much water should I give the tree? I also have a newly planted 15 foot river birch , same question.
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When should I transplant tomato seedlings to a home-made upside down planter?

I have cherry tomatoes seedlings that have started to pop up. when should I put them in my upside down home-made planter? Does the stalk have to be a certain thickness? Is there any info on when we ...
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Should my Gaillardia be emerging by now, in Zone 6?

I live in Massachusetts, Zone 6. Last July I bought a beautiful Gaillardia Arizona Sun. It bloomed all summer and into the fall. According to what I was told, as well as my online research, it's a ...
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Foamy liquid on plant's stems with green larvae or bug inside - pest or no problem

Every year in May/June I'm observing on different plants, such as strawberries, lavender (pictured below) and different weeds, a foamy liquid containing a green insect or a larvae. At first I thought ...
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What do I need to do to turn a branch into a tree?

Long story short, I have obtained two branches from a small tree (might have been 8 feet tall, no thicker than that was stripped of its branches by the snow over the winter. I would like to regrow ...
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Is this bush dying?

I'm not sure what this bush is called, but it appears that one side of it isn't leafing out. Can anybody offer some insight on this?
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What about covering lettuces during hot periods?

This question reminds us that lettuces don't like too much hot weather. To look after my lettuce crop and guard against bolting, might it be worth covering the lettuce with, say, layers of damp ...
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Are Daminix tick tubes locally effective in controlling ticks?

This is a very appealing option for low impact tick control, but do they actually diminish the local tick populations significantly? Do they control more than just the deer tick?
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How to install irrigation for an unstructured garden

Last year my wife and I were veggie gardening rookies: I built a 4'x8' raised garden bed out of cedar, we planted, and actually didn't do half bad. At the end of the season we spoke with a "master ...
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1answer
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What is this bulb with a fuzzy purple and green flower head?

The bulb was small and white at first. Now there's this mixture of purple and green fuzziness of the flowers that's going to bloom. Any ideas what it might be? A friend found it and I just decided to ...
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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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1answer
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Corkscrew Willow Bark Peeling and Bugs

We have a Corkscrew Willow tree which currently has bark peeling off. We took the rest of the bark off to allow the tree to dry (to prevent moisture in the tree). I was wondering if we need to spray ...
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Is there an irrigation trencher that can create sloped trenches?

Unable to find any well suited trencher for digging ditches for irrigation pipes to be laid into. It seems there are no models on the market that would take care of the slanting for us. All models are ...
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1answer
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What bamboo is best for outdoor pots?

We live on Long Island in NY (USDA zone 7a) and want to use bamboo in planters near the front of our house. It would need to be cold hardy as we can't bring them in in the winter. Form would follow ...
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Identifying the type of mint

A friend gave me some mint, and didn't mention what type it is. How can I tell if it's spearmint, peppermint, apple mint, lemon mint, or some other variety? I googled some pictures, but quite ...
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What is this fungus that looks like a brain coral?

It looks like a brain coral. It is about a foot in diameter. It is Dry to the touch but still a bit soft. I live in Prince Edward Island in Canada.
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What kind of caterpillar is this?

About 2 cm (when I found them). They are olive green. They have a black head, and black dots on the side, around the spiracles. They are not hairy. If I counted right, they have three pairs of prolegs ...
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Should I keep tulip bulbs that didn't flower this year, or replace them with new?

My tulip bulbs have not made any flowers this spring, maybe due to lack of sun and/or phosphorus. Is there any chance they will make flowers next year if I give them phosphorus and more sun, or should ...
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Should I trim dead shoots from a Croton grown as a houseplant?

I have a potted plant that started growing some new shoots. However, I think they died. Should I just leave them alone, or try to trim them, remove them, etc? The plant is a croton.
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What is this bush with five-petalled white flowers?

More importantly, is it poison oak? It has 3 leaves... It's located in Maryland. Click photo for full size
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Can I plant the Lychee plant from the Fruit Seed ?

I am not a pro at gardening or farming, and some people do tell me not to plant seeds from the fruit, and rather buy them and plant them. But what do you guys think about planting Lychee Fruit seeds ...
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How many strawberry plants can you plant in a 10" hanging basket?

I have a couple of extra plastic 10" hanging baskets and soil and I'd like to plant some more strawberries. Likely some sort of everbearing variety like Evie that I'll get as bare root plants. How ...
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Is Mike McGrath correct when he says vegetable scraps shouldn't be added to compost?

I'm composting for the first time this year, in a back-yard composter. I have some leaves in there, and I regularly throw in my coffee grounds. I also occasionally throw in vegetable and fruit scraps. ...
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How can I straighten this crooked tree?

The landscapers left us with this tree which is growing crooked. The trunk is still pretty supple and you can straighten it manually, but it returns to being bent as soon as you let go of it. I ...
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What is this purple flower in my garden

What plant is this? It popped up in my garden. It looks like it might be a geranium, but I can't find it in the various lists I browsed. It's about 50 cm (20") high in total with flowers on stalks, ...
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How do I get rid of Snails, Slugs, and Earwigs

My garden has a huge problem with earwigs, Snails, and Slugs, and many of my plants are dying. How can I effectively eliminate these pests.
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Why did my onion heads turn brown after planting?

My spring onion heads turned yellow. Once I set spring onions in the soil, the heads turned brown and they are growing slowly with yellow leaves. It's summer season in my country. My soil is a mix ...
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What is this plant with strap-like leaves and a yellow-orange spear shaped flower bud?

I bought this flower plant 2 days ago. But I don't know the name of the flower. Can anyone pls tell me the name?
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What is this plant I was told to be a sort of Mentha?

The leaves are from the south of Russia (somewhere around Anapa, Krasnodar Krai) and I was told this was a sort of Mentha. I doubt that, given the leaves are so large. It does have a smell, but, ...
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How to know which Seeds require Pollination Partners ?

Being new to Gardening , I came across this concept of Pollination Partners , and that some seeds require a partner when the seed is planted. Can someone tell me , why this is needed and what seeds ...
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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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