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How can I stop dead grass clippings from accumulating on top of the live grass, and clogging the mower?

So, this has been my first year with a yard that I need to tend myself, and I have dutifully mowed it every Saturday morning. The problem I'm finding is that, while I've always heard it's better to ...
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Gardeners cut back my morning glory, How can I get it to flower before the seasons end?

My Heavenly Blue Morning Glory was pruned last week just as it began to bloom. Today is September 1, what can I do to save the blooming season?
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What is this burr covered plant (weed?)

Click photo for full size These plants are growing all around my new house. I am wondering if this burr infested plant is anything that is worth keeping or if it is just a weed that sticks itself ...
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Why does my Goji Berry produce many flowers but never bear fruit?

I have a 4 foot tall Goji Berry plant that has been prolifically producing flowers all year long. None of the flowers ever become fruit. I've witnessed hummingbirds poke into each flower because they ...
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0answers
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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 ...
3
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1answer
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What are all the methods to control powdery mildew?

This particular disease is totally vexing! I admit, I love cramming plants together, especially in a garden. I hate bare soil. I do prune for aeration. I do use free water to wash off leaves early ...
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What can I do with a dead bonsai that was an anniversary gift? [on hold]

For our anniversary, my wife gave me a ficus bonsai tree. About 2 months ago, it suddenly lost all its leaves. We took it to a garden store that specializes in bonsais, and we were told that it had ...
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Which grass is best suited as an indoor perennial?

I would like to decorate our living room with a strip of grass. Which type should I grow? The requirements are as following: should be a perennial or at least grow for a year or so slow growing, ...
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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 and they were pretty nice. I've been picking them as needed this year, but I'm wondering when I should go ahead ...
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What can I replace my garden with?

I'm in a situation where its a waste of time, effort and money to take care of our many little gardens (Different separate gardens ranging between 20-90 meters square). Briefly, we rarely visit them ...
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1answer
47 views

Requirements for successful Blueberry bush planting

We tried planting Blueberries last year, and went 0 for 3. We tried to follow the instructions: Planted in a mix of 50/50 mulch and organic gardening soil Watered infrequently but heavily (1/week, ...
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1answer
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Is it a good idea to add sugar or other things to the water for cut flowers?

Mostly for future reference, is it helpful to add sugar or other things to the water meant for cut flowers? There seems to be conflicting data from different sources. See How can I preserve a bouquet ...
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1answer
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What is this disease or nutrient difficiency on my Parfianka Pomegranate?

I've had a 3 foot tall Parfianka Pomegranate tree planted in the ground for several months. It gets about 7 hours of direct sunlight per day. It's been fertilized with compost, mycorrhizae enriched ...
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111 views

Can I cover mature tree roots with fresh wood chips?

We are having trees trimmed and the branches put through a wood chipper. Can we use the resulting mulch to cover exposed roots on mature trees as soon as the come out of the chipper?
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2answers
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Why is the bark falling off the base of my Corkscrew Willow's trunk?

I have a corkscrew willow, and the bark appears to be falling off around the base of its trunk. It seems as if something could be causing it, but I'm not sure as I haven't see anything obvious. This ...
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2answers
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How to prevent ants from digging near my plants?

I have an ant infestation in my garden. Whenever I water my containerized plants or in-ground plants, most of the time, ants emerge to the surface. I think they do that because they don't want to ...
2
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1answer
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How to encourage new raspberry stalks to grow away from the main stalk?

Here's a photo of my Canby raspberry plant. The new stalks are only growing near the original stalk. My Fall Gold raspberry plant is also doing the same thing. Is this caused by my mulching? I would ...
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Is there a way to discourage blackbirds, but not other birds, from visiting my yard?

I have a couple bird feeders set up in my yard. I enjoy almost all of the birds that visit, cardinals, finches, even the occasional bluebird. But about every other day I'll walk outside to be greeted ...
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1answer
65 views

What is this white substance growing on a kumquat tree?

I've had a kumquat tree on two different balconies for about three years. It's put out a few kumquats over the years, and lately started to again. Recently I noticed this white substance growing on ...
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1answer
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Does aerating water to raise the pH in nutrient solutions work well?

As anyone who has ever had to tend to a pool painfully discovered, aerating water causes the oxygen to react with something and raise the pH. From what I have read it converts contents of the water ...
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I grow chilli plants and would like to sell the seeds [on hold]

I grow chillies and would like to sell the seeds. Are there rules and regulations to do this please? Chilli Affair
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1answer
69 views

What are these reddish-brown growths on my succulent plant?

I recently discovered upon close examination of these strange, small, brown-reddish growths on the stems of my plant (picture below). This was a recent occurrence, after I placed the plant on the ...
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1answer
129 views

How should I care for a new Mimosa tree growing out of an old Mimosa stump?

We lost an old Mimosa to borers and it fell over in a wind storm. This spring it started a new growth out of the cut stump.It looks healthy but is growing RAPIDLY and it does not have much space. We ...
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43 views

How do I bring my grass back to life [on hold]

I did not overseed last fall and my small lawn looks horrible. What do I do now to have a great lawn next year?
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2answers
143 views

Why is my Japanese painted fern struggling?

I bought a Japanese painted fern several weeks ago. It was on the store's "reduced price" shelf, so it wasn't in perfect shape, but I figured I could try to nurse it back to health. So far, though, ...
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2answers
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How may I quell the fungus among-us?

Sorry for the pun, couldn't resist. Recently with all the rain (wish I could send some to Cali, they need it more than we do) I've had a mushroom issue in the back yard. There's a big discolored ...
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If I plant strawberry plants in the fall, would I still need to pinch the flowers for the first year?

For strawberry plants, I know you're supposed to take the flowers off of them for the first year (pinch them) so that they focus on developing the plants rather than the fruits. Then the fruits ...
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2answers
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Why do the tips of my lettuce leaves look dark/burnt and feel brittle?

I am growing Batavian 'Arianna' lettuce in a container on my balcony. I'm in San Francisco, so it gets some sun, but it's not all day, and it gets a lot of shade too. I noticed that the tips of some ...
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What's a good ground cover to cover a rock wall in heavy shade in Massachusetts?

At the back of our property we have a 2 foot rock wall, made primary of just big rocks and boulders. Its really cool, however behind it is a thick forest and so due to the trees in our yard as well ...
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1answer
120 views

Can ivy damage stucco?

I've seen this argument go back and forth, but I love the look of ivy covered walls and I've heard it's great "natural insulation". Will English ivy destroy the stucco and if so, is there one that ...
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2answers
177 views

How can I protect small fruit plants that were planted in the fall to survive the winter?

I have two blueberry bushes and some raspberry bushes that are suppose to be delivered next month. I was planning on planting them in the ground, but it doesn't seem like it will be a whole lot of ...
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1answer
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What soil problem would cause fruit and vegetable to grow very small?

One that is lawn clipping compost with a pH 6.0 where everything grows pretty well. The other garden is 40cm deep of supposedly Rich Organic Garden Soil but has a pH of 7.0. The only things that grow ...
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What's this seed? Maple? Sycamore?

The seeds pictured below fall around my neighbourhood every Autumn (Southern Hemisphere - New Zealand). The seeds are blown over quite a vast area and I haven't been able to identify the tree(s) ...
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What is this yellow mold or fungus in my container?

I found this yellow looking patch underneath the branches of my rosemary plant. I did not see it near either of the other 2 plants in the container. I dug the yellow stuff up, it seemed surface level, ...
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1answer
279 views

How would you trellis a melon plant?

I ran across someone mentioning a list of plants that could be trellised to save space in the garden. The list included plants I think make sense, like peas and tomatoes and beans. But melons were ...
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2answers
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Does it make sense to plant a cover crop in raised beds?

I'm wondering if it makes sense to plant a cover crop in my raised beds over winter. If so, what plant would you recommend for south-central Ohio. I have three 4'x8' double dug beds.
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1answer
210 views

Is it okay to locate a garden on top of a septic drain field?

Is it okay to plant my garden on top of my septic drain field, or will that pose a health issue?
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1answer
121 views

Does eggshell dust work as pest control?

I was looking through some DIY/Organic gardening ideas, and saw one that mentioned using eggshell powder as an organic pest control. Supposedly grinding dried eggshells with a coffee grinder works to ...
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1answer
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What are these insects that are swarming all over my Tribulus Terrestris weeds?

I am fighting a terrible infestation of Tribulus Terrestris (goathead) weeds. On my daily weed patrol, I discovered that several plants were absolutely crawling with tiny black insects. They appeared ...
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61 views

What's causing my cucumber & melon vines to wither away?

I am in the UK and my cucumber and melon plants have started wilting. I used to water them twice a week and increased the frequency to once every two days since they started fruiting. They were ...
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2answers
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How do I water a desk plant without making a mess?

I have decided to get a few plants for my office desk. However, one thing still eludes me. Plant pots usually have a drainage hole to allow excess water to escape. If I keep the plant on my desk, how ...
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1answer
89 views

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 ...
2
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1answer
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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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1answer
131 views

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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1answer
155 views

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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1answer
42 views

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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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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207 views

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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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 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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