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What is this fast growing plant with blue/black berries?

In my garden a strange plant is growing at an incredible speed and I can't identify what kind it is. It broke through end of June and within two months it grew about 1.8-2.0m high. It now carries ...
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What food crops grow well in a hot/dry desert climate?

I live in Las Vegas, where year-round rainfall is very low, and summer temperatures can be very high. The humidity is very low, the sky is nearly always sunny, and spring and fall temperatures can ...
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What is this green-ish thing inside the orange?

So, inside this orange there is this "alien" thing. Before I want to say that this is GMO, I need an reasonable explanation about this. What is this thing?
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Calorically dense crops that can be grown in southern Ontario, Canada?

I'm experimenting with growing my own food, and have been for a few years now. My goal, in the very long term, is to be able to homestead and grow as much of my own food as I can. In terms of sheer ...
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Why does my lime tree drop its fruit early?

I have a kumquat and a Mexican (or Key) lime tree in pots right next to each other. The kumquat has been flowing and fruiting like a champ nearly as long as I've owned it. The lime hasn't yet ...
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What is a good choice for an edible fruit producing plant given a space of 20 ft x 3 ft (ca. 6×1 m)?

There is a patch of lawn between the driveways of my neighbour and I of dimension ~5 ft x 20 ft (ca. 1.5×6 m). I would like to plant edible fruit producing plants in my half of this strip of dirt and ...
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Do strawberry runners start from age zero?

They say that strawberry plants don't produce good fruit as they become a few years old. Let's say a 5 year old strawberry plant starts a new plant via a runner. Does this runner have its biological ...
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Why is my Orange tree not bearing fruit

I have an orange tree for about 4 years. It bears flowers but they fall off. I have seen only 2 fruits from this tree. What may I be doing wrong. See pictures. Some leaves have holes. Not sure if ...
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Storing apples - how do I improve my success rate?

Here's my apple store a few weeks after I put them into storage: As you can see, already quite a high failure rate. And even for the apples which still look sound as of today, are they still at risk? ...
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What is this tiny strawberry-like fruit found in a Southern Illinois lawn?

I live in southern Illinois, and earlier today I noticed this small red fruit in my yard. It looks kind of like a strawberry, but it's the size of a small raspberry (about 1/4 inches in diameter). ...
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Is the fruit of passion vine edible?

The plant has small white flowers and dark fruits - almost black. Seems like a Passiflora subpeltata - but the fruit is very dark - not sure if they started out green as some sites described. I'm ...
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What insect/disease causes lemons to look like a Cthulhu and how can this be prevented?

Earlier today, pictures of weirdly shaped lemons were shared on reddit. The top comment there says it is a case of citrus bud mites, which actually seems to make sense. My questions are: Is this ...
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What is this red corn-like fruit?

I've had these in my garden for years but only saw the inside of one today. I remember seeing something like this in a salad once. What is it, and is it edible?
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How can I make a single cherry tree bear fruits?

I recently planted a Bing cherry tree but learned after the planting that the cherry tree would need another cherry tree to make it bear fruits. Another way is, I was told, to graft a second cherry ...
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Where can I find a fruits and vegetables planting schedule for Southern Oregon?

I'm just getting started on my first vegetable garden so forgive the noobie questions. I live in Southern Oregon and having a hard time finding a list of fruits and vegetables, and the correct time to ...
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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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What is a good Plum tree that is self-fertile, disease-resistant and a heavy cropper?

I planted an Ouillins Gage plum tree some years ago and it died after an attack of bacterial canker, although two nearby apple trees, planted at the same time, were unaffected and are still thriving. ...
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Why are my limes taking a long time to ripen?

I have an indoor lime tree and it grew blooms and fruit for the first time (in seven years) this spring. I'm very excited. Now, it has 4 or 5 fruits on it and they've been on there since April or so. ...
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Fruit thinning - is that really required?

I have some multi-varietal fruit trees (primarily apples and pears) that are starting to fruit in bunches of 3-4 per cluster. I am debating whether I should thin these clusters to 1-2 fruits (breaks ...
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Does compost replace fertilizer?

I make compost in my backyard. I also buy fertilizers for vegetable and fruit plants from the big box stores. My question is really when to use compost vs. fertilizer? Can I eliminate the use of ...
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Can anyone identify this fruit-bearing tree?

I found this fruit tree growing in a community garden and it looks oddly familiar although I can't quite pick it.
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Understanding the flowering of strawberries

When I moved into my house last year I found a bed of (unmaintained) strawberries which despite that were fruiting quite well. This spring I cleaned up and dug out all of them and removed weeds. Then ...
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Best practices to grow haskap bush: Lonicera caerulea edulis

This honeysuckle with edible fruit is being sold by retailers in my area as the new best thing. After researching them I planted three varieties to get good cross pollination. What experience have ...
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Is it possible to graft miracle fruit to a rootstock that tolerates alkaline soil?

I am interested in purchasing a miracle fruit (Synsepalum dulcificum) plant and would love to plant it in the ground. However, one of the main issues is that miracle fruit likes extremely acidic ...
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Should I cull June-bearing strawberries for fall bearing?

This year some of my Gurney's Whopper strawberries, a June-bearing variety, produced a few berries in the fall. That might weaken the plants for next years crop. Will culling them for this be ...
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Can grafting increase fruit size, productivity, and ease of growth?

I've been considering the possibility of grafting a giant watermelon variety (such as Carolina Cross) onto a giant pumpkin/squash/gourd rootstock (such as Atlantic Giant pumpkin, Weeks NC Giant, Zucca ...
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Is using tomato slices really viable for starting seedlings?

This seems to be doing the rounds lately. I saw it on pinterest last night. Basically you take a slice of a ripe tomato, place it on some potting mix and then cover it. 10 days later you get tomato ...
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What are the easiest and fastest growing eatable plant you can grow in garden

The criteria I am looking for are : very cheap plant/seed grow very fast give fruits very fast (if the plant gives fruits) can replant from the plant itself (I don't want to buy seeds/plant ever ...
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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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What is this round neon-green fruit with a bumpy surface?

I have a vague recollection that this is called some kind of "apple" as a nickname. But I just couldn't retrieve the exact name from memory.
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Why have only the female flowers bloomed in my pumpkin patch

I planted two Giant Atlantic pumpkin plants in my garden around 9 weeks or so ago. The male flowers where the first to show, many of them but haven't bloomed and are quite firm to the touch still. ...
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What are these fruits / berries from the Rocky Mountain National Park?

While hiking in the Rocky Mountain National Park near Estes Park, we came across the following berries / fruits. What are they? Some info: The berries/fruits were relatively squishy. The inside ...
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What's the best way to care for and feed my strawberry plants?

Now that strawberry season is upon us, I wanted to be proactive to maximize the output of my 7-8 small strawberry plants. I have had these plants for 4 years now and the results have been mixed in ...
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Why is my pear tree blooming in September?

We have a pear tree that is producing ripe fruit now (it is early-September). The tree is doing what I've never seen before: There are blossoms on some of the branches! Is my tree dying? It looks ...
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Caring for my pomegranate tree

I have a pomegranate tree that I planted 4 years ago. The tree is heathy but the fruit production is not great. The flowers fall off before developing into fruit or soon after. The fruits crack open ...
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Why do my Cherry tomatoes split as they ripen? [duplicate]

It doesn't matter what I do, my Cherry tomatoes always seem to have many of them crack when/as they ripen. I have tried everything - more sun, less sun, more water, less water, different varieties etc....
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Easy trees from common fruit/vegetable seeds

It's pretty easy to grow an avocado from the pit. Are there any other trees/plants that can be grown relatively easily from common household fruits or vegetables?
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Cleaning homegrown vegetables prior to consumption

I grow vegetables and fruit in my backyard. Everything is grown organically so I don't have any concerns with pesticide or chemicals on my edible fruits and vegetables. However, they do get exposed ...
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What is the difference between a melon and a squash?

When looking at either the fruit, or the plant of either, is there a specific characteristic, or set thereof, of either group that distinguishes one from the other? I am curious as to the ...
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Identify clusters of small red and green berries with tripartite leaves

What is this plant with a bunch of small red berries and shiny spear-shaped leaves with twin leaflets at the bases?
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What are the best garden uses for 5 gallons of used coffee beans?

I asked a local coffee shop to save up their used coffee beans for my garden, and was wondering what the best uses for all the beans would be. In my garden I have: Apple tree 4 blueberry bushes ...
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What rose would be best for hip production?

I am looking for a rose that produces a good crop of large hips. It has to be winter hardy and relatively carefree , but I will be able to prune, mulch, and, water it. It also will have to be disease ...
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Red streaks in Louisiana sweet oranges

We have orange trees that have always produced "orange flesh" oranges. This year a few of the oranges have red streaks in them. Is is possible that this year the flowers were crossed with a blood ...
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Can I graft fruit trees without pruning?

I just got some apple, peach and pear trees. They're still kind of young but I'm wondering if i can just graft an extra branch on the side without cutting any of the ones it has (only has 2-3 thin ...
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What disease is causing yellow bumpy leaves to travel down my sugar baby watermelon plant?

I have a sugar baby watermelon plant. The leaves have a problem near the main stem coming out of the ground, and it's clearly traveling down each vine. It is yellowy brown and bumpy and covers the ...
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Does it matter if I cull the flower or fruit for higher fruit quality?

I have a tropical Century Guava that will soon be putting out dozens of flowers. I would like the resulting fruit to be bigger, so I need to do some culling. Will the final fruit quality differ if I ...
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Are large strawberries supposed to be fan-shaped?

My new Gurney's Whopper strawberries are growing large as advertised, but are an odd fan shape. Is this normal or am I doing something wrong? I have here a picture of Gurney's Whopper strawberries ...
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Why is fruit dropping from my apricot tree? [duplicate]

Our apricot tree is about 15 years old. The tree bears flowers and then fruits, but as the time passes all the fruit drops from the tree.
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Desert Fruit - What are good varieties to grow in the desert?

I live in the desert and want to grow fruit in my garden but am concerned about the heat. I'm wondering what varieties the community would recommend I take a stab at when it begins to warm up?
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What is it called when picking the produce the farmers are not collecting?

Recently I've found an association that collects the produce the farmers are not picking and gives it to charities. Many times, the farmers are not picking the fruits or vegetables they grow because ...

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