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What unclean water can I give to my plants?

Since water is scarce here, I would like to water my pots with used water. I guess that it is not a good idea to use water with soap, but what about water with food remnants? For example, I washed the ...
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What is a soil spreader called in the U.S? Are they available here?

I just watched a YouTube video on how to top dress your lawn. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M77S86Sib1I The guy who does the video is in Australia. He has a handy tool that he calls a soil ...
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What is this vine-like weed with small round leaves growing in my lawn, and how do I get rid of it? [duplicate]

What is this growing my lawn near Houston, Texas (UDSA Zone 9a). And what is the best way to get rid of it?
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Is there a way to harvest my chilli peppers for the best possible heat?

We have a few chilli pepper plants (I'm afraid I don't know what kind as the seed packet was unfortunately lost) but I don't know when the best time is to pick them so that they will be as spicy as ...
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What is this small shrub with small red berries, and lanceolate, alternate entire leaves?

This shrub is: found growing wild in a field in New Hampshire, USA; USDA Zone 5 about 1m (3') tall alternate, smooth edged, ~6cm (2.5") long leaves growing on a hillside in gravelly, acidic (pH ~5), ...
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Why are my indoor strawberry's leaves turning brown?

There is a problem with my strawberry, see the photos It's been growing in this container for about four months. It grows indoors. I have fed it recently, after that the leaves started to turn ...
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How should I prepare a containerized tomato-plant for overwintering?

I would like to try to overwinter some tomato plants which I planted in a container and have worked well. I will have a hard winter and thus I need to stock them inside the house. What do I need to ...
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Why do I need special microgreen seeds?

I'd like to start growing microgreens indoors. Why do I need to buy specific microgreen seeds? Why can't I use seeds that I'd plant in my garden? It seems like a marketing gimmick to me.
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Should I aerate, or aerate and seed my lawn? Can I do it myself?

I live in NC, USA and I never did aerate before. The size of the lawn is 0.37 acre. Recently I got a letter from a lawn-care company about offering the service about aeration etc. Aeration only ...
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Why are my eggplants golden brown?

Right now I have 3 eggplant plants of the same variety (I think Ichiban, but I may have that confused) growing fruit, two of them are growing golden brown fruits, as pictured above, the other's ...
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Should I wait for twigs in compost to fully decompose before adding it to the soil?

I have created a small compost pit and i have putting lot of garden cuttings and kitchen waste in it for last 12 weeks. The whole thing has turned into nice dark brown humus. It smells very nice and I ...
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What is wrong with my Mango plant?

I planted a mango seed this spring. And it went good. But growth stagnated after a while and totally stopped. Then I noticed some bulgy excrescence on the top, with a very dark almost black color. I ...
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Is the moisture sensor reading correct in my self-watering vase?

I have an hydrangea in a «self watering» vase (a Lechuza Cube) and I use a Parrot Flower Power to monitor soil moisture. The soil moisture level sensor stays constant (17%-18%), watering the vase ...
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How can I prevent stones from rising to the soil surface each year?

My allotment has a lot of flint stone (UK, Bucks area). I am preparing the beds for the first time, and have been reducing the amount of stone as much as possible by raking and removing stones as I ...
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When should I first use fertilizer on new plants?

In general, when is the right time to feed new edible plants fertilizer that you've planted from seed? After they've sprouted a bit?
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Should I be concerned about the wind and my spinach seedlings?

I have a small planter box with spinach seedlings. I can see the wind really knocks them around. Sometimes they are lopsided to one side, almost lying on the dirt. When this happens, I firm up the ...
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looking for a fast growing Leucaena leucocephala seeds [on hold]

I am looking for a fast growing Leucaena leucocephala seeds. Now, I am cultivating Leucaena leucocephala which can grow 6.00 Meters in a year. But I am looking for a genetically improved seeds which ...
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What are some heat tolerant nutritious greens I could plant for a tortoise?

I've recently posted a question about raising a few leafy greens, and turns out quite a few favor cold temperatures and will turn sour (bolt?) when exposed to heat. Our temperatures here should vary ...
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Soft Fruit - Canes or Large Potted Plants?

I'm looking at setting up some soft fruit beds in my allotment, and looking around it seems like I can either buy canes or large potted plants (~3L pots). The only difference I can appreciate so far ...
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Did cement mix damage my grass?

A couple of weeks ago we had some brick-pavings re-cemented around our driveway. Now all of the grass on the lawn that runs alongside the bricks has gone very orange. I assume it was where the ...
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What is this tall plant with large leaves and long bunches of soft pink flowers?

Please can you help me identify this plant. The flowers are soft to touch.
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Best way to combat Rosemary Mites?

All of my rosemary plants are infected with rosemary mites, which are some kind of variety of spider mite. These invisibly tiny insects cause unsightly yellow mottling on the leaves of the rosemary, ...
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How can I keep my flamingo plants small for a terrarium?

I have some flamingo plants, Anthurium sp., growing in my 60x100x60 cm rainforest terrarium. My problem is about this big one here It's about 60cm in height, and I want it to keep it a bit smaller ...
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What are the basic directions to planting leafy greens?

I'm planning to plant some leafy greens for a tortoise I'm going to get soon. I want the basic directions for planting and caring for the greens provided I have attained the seeds. The greens I'm ...
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What is this 3 cm brown seed?

I found this seed on the beach on Koh Jum, an island on the Andaman Sea. The islands nearby are mostly populated by black mangroves (Avicennia germinans) and rubber trees (Hevea brasiliensis).
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Is it too late to plant potatoes in Dorset, UK in Mid -september?

Is it too late to plant potatoes in Dorset, UK now (Mid-September) ?
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What is this white flowered tree?

Could anyone identify this white-flowered tree please (planted in the UK), I was told the name and I think it begins with an 'S' but I can't remember it
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Will wisteria clippings take root in a compost pile?

I just did a major pruning of a wisteria. I don't look forward to bagging all the clippings and hauling them to the town site for yard waste. Could I simply gather them up and dump them in the compost ...
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What is this large orange mushroom found in lodgepole pine forest in Oregon's high desert?

This mushroom grows in Oregon's high desert in lodgepole pine forest. It is big, 4-6" high and wide. Bright orange with yellow meat. Definitely a parasol type.
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How can I propagate Phoenix canariensis with vegetative offshoots?

My neighbour has some Phoenix canariensis in his garden. And, despite reading many times that this plant does not do that, some of them have produced vegetative offshoots from basal portions of their ...
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What is this plant with small red flowers and palmate leaves with 11 leaflets?

This plant was given to me earlier this year and was said to be an herb - nutmeg I think they said. I don't think it is a nutmeg. I have looked all over the web to no avail - no clue what it is. 11 ...
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What's wrong with this Photinia fraseri tree?

I've got 3 photinia fraseri trees in my yard in Tucson, AZ. They were planted last May (2013) and one of them is turning entirely brown and losing all its leaves (over the course of the past month or ...
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Drip Irrigation for Row of Long Arborvitae Hedge

Both sides of our property have newly planted 6 foot arborvitaes planted. One side has about 55 and the other side has about 25 all spaced 2.5 feet from center in straight lines in a 5 foot wide bed ...
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What is this mint-family plant with small, pink flowers in Lynchburg, VA?

The honey bees like this one. Each branch has many small flowers that bloom consecutively.
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What is this yellow ray flowering plant, found in Lynchburg, VA, that honey bees like?

The flowers have slender petals. My honey bees seem to like it!
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What is this purple stalked, berry producing plant? [duplicate]

It has small, white flowers with 5 petals.
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What is this yellow, four-petal flowering plant in Lynchburg, VA?

This grows wild behind my house. It has many yellow flowers per "branch", and many branches. The flowers bloom after each other. The flowers have 4 petals. Each seed pod has a flower on top of it.
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How does one go about growing a cactus in a terrarium?

I've been searching the web online, and the ideas are all conflicting. Some websites would say cacti are unable to grow in glass jars because the heat trapped will cook the cactus, and other websites ...
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1answer
53 views

Would spinach seeds not sprout because they are planted too low in the pot?

So, again being a newb as I am... I planted some spinach seeds in these black plastic pots that I transplanted other plants from. There is a good 3 inches of height in the planter with no soil. It's ...
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247 views

Will chrysanthemums help with my mosquito problems?

I just purchased a home with a great big bag yard with a connecting courtyard, which is so rare in a city like Houston, TX. I've consulted most mosquito control websites which usually recommend ...
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Wooden containers finished with Danish Oil- should I line them?

I have some wooden wine boxes that I am going to use for lettuces. I am using Danish Oil to finish the boxes (two coats) so they can be a bit waterproofed. I might also add some corner reinforcements. ...
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What immediate steps should I take after my lawn is aerated?

My lawn which is a combination of clover, moss, crabgrass, dandelions and occasionally some grass is going to be aerated in two weeks. I want to know the immediate steps to take after the cores are ...
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How should I control the growth of my umbrella grass?

I have a few clumps of umbrella grass that are getting very overgrown. They are planted at the edge of my court yard (pictures below). I live in Houston TX. This is my first house and I inherited a ...
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What are these mushrooms?

Mushroom #1: Mushroom #2: Mushroom #1: Mushroom #2: Mushroom #2: Mushroom #1: Lower left is #2 and center, upper right is #1: I have tried and tried over the internet to find out ...
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Do I have to bring my potted plants inside during the winter?

I live in zone six. The coldest it gets in the winter here is something like -10 degrees. I have a couple plants in pots that will need to make it through the winter. They're all cold hardy plants, ...
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What should I look for when selecting lights for indoor cacti?

We grow cacti indoors due to the weather (UK). What should we look for when selecting lights? We have had mixed results with a new lighting system and have started to lose some. See one of the old ...
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107 views

What plant has no foliage and clusters of red berries on top of a fleshy 1' stem?

I have strange plants growing among my redcurrant/raspberries and close to cobnut trees . They have a single fleshy stem, no foliage, are about a foot tall and have a cluster of bright red berries at ...
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Why Hasn't my Cactus Grown Deadly Spines?

I recently purchased a small cactus plant from my local store for about $5. I've been giving the cactus lots of sunlight and a good watering every week. I've noticed that since I bought it, the ...
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What to do about a slug and excrement on my Batavian lettuce?

I think this is happening because this lettuce is ready to harvest and it's been sitting in there too long? I discovered one slug (is that a slug?) which I can remove... but there are also all ...
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Is it possible to add too much compost?

I'm going to be amending my garden soil soon, after I take care of all the rocks, so I'll be dumping in a lot of compost to fix the horrible clay soil I'm left with. Should I be worried about adding ...

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