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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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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 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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1answer
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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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1answer
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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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2answers
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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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1answer
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Is dolgo crabapple a dwarfing rootstock?

Emerald Spire Crabapple is produced by grafting on to Dolgo crabapple stock. I know that apples are commonly grafted onto crabapples rootstocks to dwarf them. Can you do the opposite, graft ...
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1answer
146 views

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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234 views

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 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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155 views

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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2answers
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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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2answers
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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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1answer
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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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2answers
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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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2answers
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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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1answer
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Is asparagus deer resistant?

I love the idea of edible landscapes, and asparagus is a nice early season treat that can wind up looking great in certain areas. BUT I don't want to waste time planting it all over if the deer are ...
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In ground dog composters, are they effective? [on hold]

Looking on the internet, I see a lot of plans for an underground dog waste composting systems. They basically all consist of a well drained barrel like container, buried underground, with a small ...
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2answers
41 views

Which high-desert-friendly tree should I plant beside my driveway?

My property (New Mexico, climate zone 7a) has a patch of ground between my driveway and a fence that's begging for a tree to be there. It's about 11 feet wide. Apparently a tree was there before, as ...
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1answer
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Why are there yellow patches on yard?

I am in California where we have a drought. Both my front and back yard seem to be holding with watering twice a week but both have odd yellow dead areas while the rest is green. The contrast with ...
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1answer
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Help me to identify these two trees in my back yard?

I have two trees in my backyard that I need help identifying. My home is in Port Saint Lucie, which is on the eastern coast of the southern half of Florida. Hardiness zone 10a. My home backs into a ...
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1answer
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Amending a barren yard with compost: dedicated weed barrier or no?

I've got a pretty typically barren New Mexico (zone 7a) yard, and I'm thinking of trying some intensive amendment to control weeds, improve the soil, and add some visual interest. What I've read here ...
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Is spent cat litter an appropriate source of nitrogen for compost?

Is spent cat litter an appropriate source of nitrogen for compost? The cat litter used is made of recycled paper pellets so is rich in carbon. It doesn't contain the cat faeces because that is ...
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2answers
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Is it okay to pile compost on to the base of a tomato plant?

In previous years, I've noticed my tomatoes have root-like buds towards the base of the stem, but haven't wanted to experiment in case I wreck them. Anybody had any experience of this? Is it worth ...
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3answers
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Opinions on combining shredded bark and compost as mulch

I'm having a hard time finding anything through search and I'm hoping others here might have experience or opinions doing what I want to do. I really like the look of black mulch (hardwood mulch dyed ...
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Can I put coffee filters into my compost?

I've heard that coffee grounds are a good "green"(nitrogen rich) to put in your compost, but I was wondering if I could throw the filter in there as well? They are the standard "accordion side" white ...
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2answers
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What size of rocks are worth sifting out of a garden?

I'm sifting out rocks in my garden, which I'm pretty sure used to be a gravel lot. I'm wanting to grow root vegetables like radishes and carrots, so I don't want them having to push rocks out of the ...
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1answer
46 views

Identify potted plant growing too tall (>8-9 ft)

My parents have had this plant probably around 15-20 years now, during which it has spent its time slowly growing upwards while the bottom leaves drop off and don't regrow. It's traditionally been ...
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1answer
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Am I overseeding my lawn properly? Should I do something differently?

I am new to overseeding. I just spread the seed on the lawn, and am watering it. Is that okay? Should I do something differently? And:
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How should I care for a sunburned coffee plant?

We have a coffee plant which lives indoors. Our house is reasonably dark so every now and then we take it outside when the sun isn't very bright. A week or so ago, the sun suddenly came out while we ...
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1answer
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What are the best deciduous shade trees for Phoenix, Arizona?

I'm looking for a medium sized deciduous shade tree to plant in Phoenix, Arizona to shade part of my house. It needs to be deciduous so that it will let the sun through in the winter and provide shade ...
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1answer
41 views

What is this vine with clusters of black berries, found in Southern Illinois?

I've been working on controlling the edge of my backyard, since it borders a wooded area, and there's a bunch of invasive vines growing everywhere. While I was chopping back some of the underbrush, I ...
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1answer
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Are these trees some type of poplar?

Here are a few pictures of some trees in my yard. I am trying to determine what type they are. I'm fairly certain they are some type of poplar tree. But I am not sure of the specific type. This is in ...
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Can someone identify this white flowering plant?

click for original picture context Can someone help me identify this plant that resembles honeysuckle?
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1answer
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Is it normal for palm trees to drip a brown gummy sap?

Our apartment in Tenerife has palm trees surrounding it and these trees are continuously dripping a brown gummy substance, we presume from their leaves, onto our tiled floor. We are informed that ...
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0answers
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How can I kill Aegapodium for good? [duplicate]

We're slowly losing our fight against Aegopodium (snow on the mountains). The specific name is Aegopodium podagraria, though we think of it as Aegopodium obnoxiosio. Tilling the bejabbers out of it ...
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1answer
23 views

What are some deer resistant edible plants?

I was browsing a gardening store online, and I came across a berry that it advertised as 'deer resistant' (the purple beautyberry). This made me laugh (gladly; not mockingly), because nothing seems to ...
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0answers
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How much should I water an avocado plant guided by a moisture meter?

I have a moisture meter that registers readings from 0.0 to 9.9 (driest to wettest). I cannot find a listing for a potted avocado tree. Can you give me info as to what percentage is optimal for the ...
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0answers
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What's happening to my tomato plant leaves? [duplicate]

Can you help me identify what this is on my tomato plant leaves? It's like inside the leaf..you can't feel it by touching the leaf. If the info helps, the plants are in a container.
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What's wrong with my mango plant?

about a two month ago, I planted my first mango plant. It was growing nicely and it looked gorgeous. Then week ago purple-red-brownish spots started to appear on the leaves (coincidence or not, only ...
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1answer
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What are these trees in the front of the picture?

Here are the trees I'm wondering about: They are growing in Hong Kong. They have moderate length leaves pointing downwards, and are twice as tall as road signs. They look like young palm trees, ...

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