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Do coffee grounds in gardens deter cats?

There are several sites that suggest using coffee grounds in the garden, to keep out cats. I haven't tried it, but there are some beds on my property which could do without cats digging around and ...
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Why aren't my potted herbs healthy, and water runs dark out of the parsley container?

I am growing spearmint and flat-leaved parsley in two 10” round containers. I water the plants a couple of times a week, and every 2 weeks or so water them thoroughly until the water drains out the ...
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Does Dawn dishwashing detergent kill plants (shrubs & flowers)?

Yesterday I was talking to my neighbor, and he was telling me he was cleaning the trim on his house with Dawn (dishwashing detergent used in the US) mixed in water. I thought I read somewhere that ...
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Does a pine needle mulch make your soil acidic?

This article from Colorado State University states that alkaline soils resist change but several years of heavy pine needle applications would create a somewhat more acid soil. This article ...
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What is the name of symmetrical, orange/red flower?

I saw this beautiful flower on flickr: Could someone please let me know the name of this flower?
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How should I propagate day neutral strawberries which don't develop runners?

I just planted a Seascape Strawberry plant, which is day-neutral. According to Home Guides, day-neutral strawberries do not produce runners. Developed at the University of California, Seascape ...
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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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1answer
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What is this plant with white bracts around the inflorescence?

Does anyone know the name of this plant? I live in North Georgia.
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1answer
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Can these two trees be identified by photo.

I would like know what these tree are. They are located in San Diego county California. The trees may not be native. Thanks, Jon.
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1answer
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What's wrong with my dwarf cherry tree's leaves?

I'm starting to see holes and some black spots on some leaves. Anyone know what this is and how I can treat this?
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What is this bug and how do I keep it from eating my plants' leaves?

Can someone tell me if they know what type of bug this is? If so, how do I get rid of it as it seems to be eating the leaves. Click any photo for full size
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What are the pros/cons of different mulches?

I know there will be differing opinions on this subject, from different people. I, for one, have always used bark mulch, and can attest to the fact that when used properly, it will build soil and grow ...
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Cucumber plants wilting in greenhouse, but fine indoors?

I've been growing cucumber plants from seed this year and everything was going fine until I started trying to move them outside when they were about 8 inches tall. I was acclimating them to the ...
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2answers
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What's this plant with long black seed pods?

I just took over an allotment and in it there's this plant that has long black pods that contain what appear to be seeds.
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How long does mulch last?

Our house is in need of mulch around bushes, trees etc. We are finally getting around to address this, and have calculated we need two yards to get around 2 inches of mulch onto everything. We live in ...
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1answer
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What is a perched water table?

In gardening, especially container gardening, you will run into the phenomenon called a 'perched water table' (PWT). What is a perched water table, and how does it work?
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What's flying around my basil?

I have a large pot of basil growing in my yard. The other day, I was cutting leaves for pesto, the first few minutes were ok, then a small black and silver (grey?) bee-like insect accompanied me (like ...
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2answers
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What are these small yellow bugs that are attacking my eggplant, and how can I stop them?

Our Eggplant got infected by some yellow pests (see image). Can anyone identify what they are? I try to avoid using pesticides whenever possible. What can be possible solutions to get rid of ...
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2answers
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What is this double pink/purple flower growing from a small potted plant?

I cannot for the life of me track down the name of this flower. Google image search wasn't much help either. Thank you!
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1answer
55 views

Edible Plants for Rockery

So in my new allotment, I have a large mound (approx 2.5m diameter, 1m high) of turf sods which has over time become a solid hill of dry, reasonably fine soil with grass and weeds covering it. It's ...
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1answer
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Is Clopyralid or Dicamba more effective in the control of clover in lawns?

September's coming up, time to start getting ready for clover control. I have always used Clopyralid (3,6-dichloro-2-pyridinecarboxylic acid). The brand I use is Lontrel. My question is, how well ...
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3answers
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Is there an almond that grows inside a peach?

I see that Luther Burbank wrote a book on the subject around a hundred years ago. But I don't have access to that book. Was he, or anyone else, successful? I thought that I had seen something like ...
2
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1answer
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Why doesn't my night-blooming Cereus produce flowers?

I have had a night-blooming Cereus for several years and it has yet to bloom. A friend has one and it blooms no problem. This plant is indoors and keeps growing, but no blooms. What can I do to make ...
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3answers
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How can I preserve a bouquet of flowers for two days before gifting them?

I bought a bouquet of flowers today (Saturday) but I must give them on Monday How should I preserve them? in water? in closed room without sun? in a fresh room ? at what temperature ?
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1answer
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What is this shrub with clusters of bitter blue berries in southern NH?

I have some blue berries (I don't know any better, so maybe blueberries?) growing in my yard. The bush is around 7 feet tall and 4 feet wide. The berries are very bitter, and have a hard seed inside ...
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Should I seal the wounds where limbs were removed on a crape myrtle?

I have a crape myrtle that I attempted to transplant last spring. Unfortunately, it didn't do so well (I damaged more of the roots than I intended), and while it did leaf out last year, after a long ...
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2answers
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Scale infestation (Euonymus scale)

I have some sort of scale infestation on a small bush on my lawn. I'm not sure what sort of infestation it is - possibly Boisduval scale, but I'm not certain. Here are some photos: Any clue as to ...
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1answer
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What is the name of this plant with wide green leaves that develop splits/holes as they grow?

It has very large leaves and does not flower (at least I have never seen mine flower). It grows very wide, with thin stems (seen in picture below). The young leaves will start without any holes in ...
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What do people mean when they talk about soil going sour?

I've read a couple answers that have mentioned soil going sour. I've gathered that it's a bad thing, but what does it mean when soil goes sour? What causes it to sour?
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Flood Vents and Raised Gardens [migrated]

I do have a cross post for this on the 'Home Improvement' but I didn't know where to post this. I have flood vents in-front and behind my raised house, which sits on a crawl space. I would like to ...
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1answer
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Why does my garden centre say these plants are annuals?

I'm in the UK (so hardiness zone 8/9), and my local garden centre is selling Chrysanthemums and Michaelmas daisies, labelled as "one season only". I'm sure as a kid my gran had (the same) ...
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2answers
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Is there a snake repellent plant that can prevent snakes from entering a backyard or house?

I have read about the Sansevieria trifasciata, commonly called "snake plant", in Wikipedia (which doesn't suggest any specific snake repellent property). However, this link suggests that the snakes ...
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2answers
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How can I keep ants off of my hummingbird feeder?

I have a hummingbird feeder hanging from the side of my carport, and I noticed today that ants had discovered it. Since it's right next to my house, I don't really want the ants learning that there's ...
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Do I need to put landscape fabric under ground cover plant to prevent weeds growing?

I have a large hillside area, where usually weeds are out of control. For the next year, I am thinking about using some kind of ground-cover plants such as English Ivy to cover the area. I am not sure ...
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3answers
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Ground cover for 2000 sq.ft (half full sun / half partial shade) with 60º slope

I am at Southern California. I need ground cover for 2000 sq.ft. with 60º slope and help for choosing the right flowering low ground cover. There are 30 rose plants at present, so prefer ground cover ...
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1answer
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How to secure my orange tree

As you can see in the picture, my Orange tree is developing plenty of beautiful looking oranges. Now, I'd really like to enjoy these oranges as soon as they ripe, so I have a few questions: ...
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Can I still use the mint leaves after the plant has flowered?

I have been gone a few weeks. Now my mint has all flowered. Can I still use the leaves? I want to make a batch of mint jelly.
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1answer
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What is the name of this plant with purplish-brown and scented flower?

This was found growing wild in my friend's backyard in western Massachusetts. It's very fragrant.
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Why is my new Acer tree dying?

I recently bought a small red Acer and moved it into a more permanent pot. It's about 2 1/2 feet tall and since I've moved it, the leaves have have started to brown and shrivel like a dead leaf would ...
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How do you water your plants when your house as a water softner? [closed]

I recently turned on my water softner to get soft water inside the house. The water softner is in the garage, which is in the front of the house. The adjacent wall in the front of the house has two ...
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3answers
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Is there a rule of thumb for what size of a pot you need to keep a plant in?

I keep quite a lot of potted plants around my house, and usually I just move them to a bigger pot when I notice that they're looking like they need more space. It would be kind of nice to be able to ...
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How do I get rid of pill bugs in my vegetable garden (or is it even the problem)?

I have had multiple plants in my vegetable garden that have seemed to just vanish from the garden over the period of about a week. I have notice pill bugs eating the remains of the plants. They seem ...
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How to get rid of bindweed (Convolvulus arvensis) once and for all?

I have an allotment in England where I grow vegetables and fruit. One of the biggest problems I am having with it (other than the soil desperately needing fertilising) is the bindweed infestation. ...
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2answers
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What is causing the rotting/brown spots on my plum fruit?

I inherited a plum tree in my garden. I haven't yet been able to get a healthy looking plum from it. All the plums that turn to a ripe purple colour seem to have the following problem - Can anyone ...
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4answers
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Peepal tree (Ficus religiosa) grows again and again, how do I stop it?

Ficus religiosa is a common tree in India, it is called 'Peepal' here. It can grow anywhere even where there is no proper soil. It also grows near wash-room ducts (drainage pipes) of the Apartment ...
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4answers
195 views

Beginner Starting from Scratch: Weedlot to Enjoyable Garden

I live in the Pacific Northwest (Portland), and I have a small urban back yard (20'x30'). In the decade I have owned the house, I have never really done much with it, and it has ranged from boring ...
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Would it be better for me to set up my garden in the fall, or wait until spring?

I recently moved into a house with a yard, and am eager to start getting a garden started. The ground here isn't really clay, but it's not really dirt that I would want to use for gardening. It's ...
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4answers
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Is this flowering vine diseased?

I'm not sure what the name of this vine is, but about a week ago the flowers started to brown around the edges and then fall off completely. A couple of days ago the leaves began wilting. I did ...
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3answers
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Can I use a clear glass as a container for houseplants?

I have a quite large clear glass vase, that I would like to transform into a plant pot. What are the problems that may occur? Are there any houseplants that I can grow inside the house, which won't ...
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1answer
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How can I remove locust eggs from the soil, and prevent future infestations?

A few days ago I saw a locust standing still in my little vegetable garden. I was really surprised of the fact that even though I went close it wouldn't jump away. After looking closer I figured that ...

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