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How can I harvest my own grass seed?

I have a kind of perennial evergreen grass that I would like to spread around the yard. How can I save seeds from the plants efficiently ?
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Advice for a new planting bed

I have an area of about 650 sq ft that I planted several small trees and about 10 shrubs last year. I put a light amount of mulch in the area but grass has covered most of it back up. I want to do ...
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Identify insect eggs (Rosy Apple Aphid?)

It's that time of spring when all the bugs start coming out and the battle begins to protect my apple trees. I sprayed with a dormant spray earlier in the year but it looks like something is laughing ...
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Can anyone assist in identifying this large leaved plant with small blue flowers?

Large leaved plant with small blue flowers close to stem. Very vigorous growth. It is growing in London, United Kingdom in my back garden in semi shade. It first appeared last autumn with large ...
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When and how should I should I transfer propagated cuttings into individual pots?

This year is the first year I've ever had any success propagating from cuttings. I've tried this many times before, without success, but this year all of my cuttings have taken and are growing ...
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1answer
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Is rice water good for a hyacinth plant?

I'm not sure I did the right thing to my hyacinth plant. It's growing in a pot with dirt brought from Whole Foods. I poured cool water that I'd used for rinsing rice on it, and the next day the flower ...
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Deer trimmed my arborvitae for me!

I bought a house in Hudson, NY in November. The previous owners had screened it from the trailer park next-door with a row of Arborvitae. They're maybe twelve feet tall, and they'd already suffered ...
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What is this sprawling vine with green leaves?

The attached photos were taken in a friends garden yesterday. Can anyone help identify it please The picture was taken in Watford Herts UK at back of garden adjacent to wasteland.
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How do I propagate sunflowers?

I have a sunflower plant growing flowers, and I want to grow more sunflowers in my garden. How do I grow more sunflowers from the current plant?
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1answer
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Aloe plant is browning and the leaves are thinning

I have recently received a small Aloe plant that I wasn't able to identify past the genus. It does not look healthy, some leaves have become brownish, and their ends thin, as if squeezed out. The ...
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1answer
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What is this grey-leaved plant, low shrub good for dry conditions?

Grey-leaved plant about 1m high and can survive tough conditions. It is a common plant in Australian gardens.
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How to reseed grass after killing weeds?

My lawn is overran by clover and all sorts of weeds, lawn grass spots here and there, but majority is weeds. I was going to spray with "Orto Weed B Gone Max", then put some top soil and reseed, but ...
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What evidence is there for the toxicity of Neem oil to humans?

I have used Neem oil (Fertilome's 3-in-1) on some tomato plants twice since I began getting into vegetable gardening. The thing is that I have heard/read, on one hand, that it is not toxic and quite ...
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Identify plant and things on it (Possible Scale)

I've looked at other questions and I'm quite sure the plant outside my house has a scale problem. But I don't know much about gardening so I'd like some advice please. I found these other questions ...
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Is this a grass or weed?

Located in north central Texas. And what kind?
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1answer
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What is the proper way to overseed your lawn?

I have read all the questions to this point in the overseeding category. There are questions about if the asker is doing things right, but not about the how. What I'd like to know is: What is the ...
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2answers
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Why do my bonsai seedlings die after a month?

I got two bonsai kits and have tried growing from seeds. Both times my sprouts grew to about two inches and then flopped over and died. I watered them daily, kept them in a plastic bag most of the ...
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1answer
38 views

What kind of bug is this and is it harmful?

My wife noticed this bug in our raised garden beds. I know it's hard to see scale, but they were about the size of a very very small pebble, or a large grain of sand. Is this bug a problem? Any ...
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What is this buttercup “like” flower?

Can you tell me what this is please? I tried searching for general descriptions online but I couldn't find anything. The plant without any flowers looks to me to be the same type. I only read about ...
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1answer
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What are these orange flowers?

I found these in a country park as well. I'd like to identify them if I can. While they seem quite distinctive in appearance to me I cannot find them online. EDIT: I had used a link to flickr ...
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What is this plant with a “ball” like head of purple flowers?

I took the photo below in a country park so I don't know what it is called. Is there a term for the shape besides "ball" like? I tried searching for general descriptions online but I couldn't find ...
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What is the radius of a red wriggler earthworm for worm tubes?

I'm researching putting a worm tube in my fruit-tree orchard as per this article but before I do so I'm trying to find out what radius the red wrigglers (the worm type I plan on using) will travel ...
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1answer
105 views

What is wrong with this tomato plant with yellow and black spotted leaves? [picture]

What is wrong with this tomato plant? The yellow with black spots has been spreading through the plant. I am hoping someone knows exactly what this is and how I can treat it or prevent it.
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How do you organically handle lubber grasshoppers that destroy gardens?

Last summer I had a problem with black grasshoppers with yellow stripes on them, which I identified as Lubbers. Now I grow everything organically and all my plants are heirloom varieties, so last year ...
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How do I repel tree squirrels that are digging holes in my lawn?

My neighborhood is saturated with squirrels, and I see the little critters burying nuts or whatever in my back yard all the time. They leave small holes about 2 inches in diameter in the yard. There ...
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1answer
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Average seed to fruit length of apache chili pepper

What is the average time between seed (including germination) to fruit (first harvest) of the apache chili pepper plant grown in an ideal environment? If anyone knows a good source of data for such ...
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1answer
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White thing showing on top of moist soil

Im trying to germinate a chives using a soil for seeds. Ive gone through the process of watering and draining the soil after putting in the seeds. Two days now, im seeding this cloudy spongy thing on ...
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White map-like tomato leaves (hydroponic) manifesting

I am growing cherry tomato using kratky hydroponic method and ive seen these map-like lines manifesting on a number of leaves. I had to remove the infected leaves to control the infection if you will. ...
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How do I get rid of insects on fruit trees?

I have an infestation of aphids on my citrus and pomegranate trees. The bugs are being "farmed" by ants. I read they might actually be bringing the aphids to the trees. Is this at all a problem? Can ...
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What are these insects called and how do I get rid of them?

I have a lemon tree cutting put in a paper cup wrapped in a plastic bag to contain the moisture. Everything looks good but when I lifted the cup, I saw these creepy insects. The climate in my area is ...
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1answer
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What is this vine with large heart-shaped leaves found in western New York state?

This vine grows in many locations in the village of Newark, NY; oddly, I've never noticed it anywhere else (perhaps a specialty of a local nursery?) It is a deciduous perennial with ...
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Why did my tulips die?

I planted three bulbs in a small vase, around 20 cm diameter, without a drainage hole. I planted them in November, outside under a roof, facing East, and watered them when the soil was dry. I'm in ...
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2answers
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How should I transplant tulips which are almost blooming?

I have a tree removal next week and I have bunches of tulips around the base. I would like to transplant the tulips but I feel the timing is bad. It is late April in zone 5b, so they are about to ...
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66 views

How should I remove long grasses/roots to prepare a fresh bed?

I am currently attempting to remove a bunch of dead grass in a roughly 5'x5' plot. When the grass fully grows sometime in early-to-mid summer, they are like very small, long-grassed shrubs, sort of ...
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Crepe Myrtle and Pink Magnolia Trunk Question

I have a question about two of the trees in my yard. I have the same issue and question about crepe myrtles and pink magnolias. I have two of each in my yard and they all have multiple trunks coming ...
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When does a queen palm need trimming?

Recently moved into a new house which has a couple of Queen Palms and have never had to take care of palms before. Questions: Do these palms need trimming? If so, how much trimming do they need and ...
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Why isn't my lemon tree bearing fruit?

My lemon tree used to bear lemons, but since my brother pruned the branches, there are no lemons growing. What did he do wrong? Did he cut too many branches, or is it something else?
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Can I place plants in the ground in the original pots they came from the nursery in?

I am redoing the landscaping left by the previous owners of my house. When going to nurseries I find that everything comes planted in a pot. When thinking lazily about it, at one time I considered ...
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How to deal with suckers on a Bradford Pear Tree?

I have two Bradford Pear Trees at the front of my yard. They were planted ~1997. (The HOA requires all lots in the development to have them.) Little sprouts that keep popping up from the ground ...
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1answer
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Please help identify a type of chestnut tree

My father is wanting to get and plant a few trees this year. One that he's been talking my ear off about is one that he used to eat the nuts of when he was younger. Keeping in mind that his childhood ...
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How to cover a backyard with mulch?

I would like to turn my small backyard (currently 200 sq ft occupied by dead grass, nearly to the point of dirt) into something similar to a dog run, where the ground is just covered in mulch and/or ...
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1answer
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Reduce water in saturated backyard

I've noticed that maybe two days after heavy rainfall that my small 500sqf back yard is still saturated with water to the point where I get mud on my shoes just walking back there. I have low cut ...
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2answers
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How can I revive a Meyer Lemon Tree with no leaves?

Here is what my Meyer Lemon Tree looks like: No leaves anymore. Is there a chance that it will ever revive itself?
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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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3answers
189 views

How to stimulate basal growth in a tree?

On my street lots of trees have a big burl at the base. Is there a technique to "encourage" trees to develop it?
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1answer
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What plant is this leaf I found in my rocket salad from?

Today I bought some rocket at the supermarket (also known as rucola) and found this leaf (well, my tougue noticed those funny, quite stiff little hairs). It's got hairs all over. Does anyone know ...
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How should I fill and reseed shallow depressions in my lawn?

I want to level out a lawn that is roughly 4000 square feet. It has many low areas that vary in diameter and depth. Not sure what caused these holes; my guess is that they are from a previous owner ...
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Does this orchid have a viable stem? If not, will it grow one if transplanted to a larger pot?

I received a Phalaenopsis Orchid as a Valentine's Day present. It was in a glass vase, and atop the straight stem, which was held to a support stick by a hair clip, were two lovely pink flowers. It ...
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Why did these plants dry/burn?

I bought a small venus fly trap kit to sow. Three of them sprouted and they were growing well. I had placed them at a south facing window, watering them every few days. I found them like this a few ...
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Flies around arborvitae and yews

A few days ago I noticed dozens of small flying insects flying around my arborvitae. They move too fast and are too small to take a picture of but they are about the size and appearance of fungus ...

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