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What's the best way to eliminate slugs on strawberries?

I am new to strawberries, but I have about 50 plants (maybe was too aggressive with my order)that have just started producing fruit. About one in five berries has a chunk missing - I'm assuming this ...
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Tomato leaves turning purple

I'm growing some organic tomatoes (mostly cherries), and noticed the other day that there were small purple spots forming on the leaves, and they are gradually turning purple and curling inwards. It ...
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Is this scale on my English ivy? How to prevent spreading to other outdoor and indoor plants ? Should I just uproot and throw them out?

I live in an apartment. I have a few climbing plants - English ivy, star jasmine and lonicera out on the balcony in the setup shown here. Last year I got aphids on my outdoor plants - there were a ...
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To Line or Not To Line a raised bed's perimeter?

Novice gardeners here. Already feeling overwhelmed. So, I'm taking over hubby's raised bed. It gave us tomatoes over 3 years ago, since then its been sadly neglected. He lined the inside walls with ...
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How can I eliminate this large grass organically?

The pictured grass is growing in a paddy field which has been abandoned for several years. The leaf is in the background and the seed head in the foreground. A fully grown plant can be sized up to ...
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Root barrier suitable for organic vegetable garden

My neighbor has a line of tall arborvitaes next to my vegetable garden and I'm getting invaded by the roots. I think I need to install a root barrier. The products I see are generally reprocessed ...
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Should I tell my vineyard consultant to spray my fruit trees with the sulfur he sprays on the vineyard?

We have a very small (450 vines) pinot noir vineyard that we are raising organically. My vineyard consultant has people spray the vines with sulfur a few times each season. Last year, one of my ...
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Hyper soil carbon accumulator for backyards

I am curious, what people could do with a small piece of land like their home backyard (say originally it is a regular lawn smaller than 20m^2, in temperate continental climate (so pretty harsh)) to ...
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Please explain how leaving turf 1/8" longer equals 30% increase in leaf area

A number of eco-friendly turf management sources say something along the lines of Increasing grass height only 1/8 inch adds about 300 square feet more energy-collecting leaf surface for each 1,...
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Can crushed rapeseed be used instead of rapeseed meal as fertilizer?

Traditionally, the Japanese use rapeseed meal as fertilizer. This is a non-waste production, they extract oil from seeds and use the resulting meal as fertilizer. But I wondered: is it possible to use ...
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Can plants raised with hydro still be considered organic?

I have access to certified organic seeds. I want to raise the organic seeds in a soilless, hydroponic solution. I'm just wondering if I raise the plants like this would I be deceitful to market the ...
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How do I naturally or organically add iron supplements for my plants

From another question it looks like my avocado plants are deficient in iron. I'd like to explore and try natural/organic ways of supplementing iron. (I know organic is carbon and carbon compounds) So ...
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Using own hair and nail clippings as fertilizer?

There is a lot to hear about using horn shavings as ecological alternative to conventional fertilizer. I was wondering - since my hair and nails are basically the same substance, could I use them in ...
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Is Vigoro Triple Mix safe for growing tomatoes?

I planted some kale and hot peppers in containers in my garden. A couple of days after filling out the containers I realized the soil I bought wasn't an organic soil, just a Triple Mix type, Vigoro ...
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Organic matter in organic fertilizer

Is organic matter (OM) in organic fertilizer important? Is higher OM better than lower OM? For example: NPK 3:2:2 OM 71% better than NPK 3:2:2 OM 60%?
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does fruit tree absorb pesticide and fungicide from the root level and will persist inside the fruit it produce? (specifically lime and date trees)

The specific situation is where there are two trees -- one lime and another date tree plant among the grass in the backyard where the grass area will get sprayed with conventional pesticide and ...
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Options to kill/remove invasive buckthorn

I have a large number of mature buckthorn shrubs in my yard that were there when I purchased the property. This is classified as an invasive in North America. Not only is it problematic in terms of ...
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Organic lawn fertilizer available in the UK?

Lots of organic fertilizers on the market but very little information to help choose between them. Can anyone recommend a good one that is available in the UK. Read great things about Milorganite but ...
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Zucchini skin disease (holes)

For several years now the zucchini in my amateur garden have always failed in the same way. The fruits start to grow but stay in an arrested development state (their size never goes beyond 12cm, the ...
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Questions from an organic lawn care beginner

My lawn was sodded last year during the summer and there was a drought, so this spring the bare spots have revealed themselves. I'm trying to figure out the best plan utilizing organic products. ...
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Definitions (criteria/requirements) of “organic” growing throughout the world [closed]

The US Department of Agriculture's National Organic Program has a set of regulations which determines if an agricultural production can be considered as "organic" or not: 205.200 General. 205.201 ...
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Why are some of my pumpkin plants wilting, and showing what looks like stem rot?

Up to this date we have had a healthy crop of about 500 flowering pumpkin plants, however, over the last 3 days we have lost maybe 20 of them. They will simply wilt over 24hrs and then die: Closer ...
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What is happening to our potato plants? (going black, wilting)

We have a row of 3 different heirloom potato varieties, 50 originally, of which we've lost about 15 to a problem we'd like to identify. The following photos show the start of the issue, through to a ...
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Organic Gardening: Best Practices

So this is a kind of open-ended question, if it's too broad I'll try to be more specific, or remove the post. Do any of you have good resources for information on organically growing peppers? Do you ...
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Amend soil with wood chips - is there anything to be aware of?

I plan to amend the soil with wood chips by tilling them up to 40cm into the soil(should I go depper?) , going heavy on nitrogen fertilizer and planting alfalfa while decomposition takes place. I did ...
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What is mushroom compost, exactly?

I just bought 25L of a product labelled: Organic Mushroom Compost. I know what I'm going to use it for, but am curious about the name. Today alone, I've read (and been given/told) at least 3 ...
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What is this ladybug-like insect that is damaging my kale, and how can I control it?

This insect has seriously damaged my kale, and almost killed my brussel sprouts in less than a week. What is it, and how can I control it. My garden is organic, so a non-chemical solution is ...
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Is manure from farm animals acceptable for organic gardening?

I've done a little brainstorming about organic gardening, and came to conclusion that your garden stops being organic the moment you add manure in it. I am not some animal protector enthusiast or ...
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Will a low growing cover crop work under tomatoes or other nightshades?

I'm curious if anyone has had any luck with planting a cover crop like clover under tomato/eggplant/pepper plants... I garden organically and have issues with early/late blight that always takes out ...
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Can Nicotiana alata be used as an aphid “honeypot”?

I have a problem with aphids. Some of my plants are too weakened to be sprayed with a high-velocity hose to knock them off, and I really don't have the time to keep spraying with various insecticides,...
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Planting non organically grown plants in organic garden

I have some raised beds that I use for vegetable gardening. I don't put any fertilizers or pesticides and I grow all vegetables from seeds. Lately I have been thinking of purchasing young vegetable ...
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Organic mulch for raised bed

I have 3 raised beds in my backyard where I am growing vegetables (tomatoes, bell peppers, etc). Right now, I don't have any mulch covering the soil but am thinking that would be a good thing to do ...
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Diatomaceous earth: food grade or not?

I have been told that Diatomaceous earth will help with the many slugs that enjoy the buffet that is my garden, since the micro-fossils irritate their slimy bodies. But will it help with other insects ...
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What are the natural predators of snails/slugs?

Trying to control snails/slugs organically in a very small garden but I don't want to kill them myself.
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Is consuming GMOs safe [closed]

We hear a lot of negative things about genetically modified organisms (GMO), are they harmful to humans when consumed?
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Should we use glyphosate (or other non-ecological chemicals) in our gardens?

European Union wanders if its going to allow glyphosate to be used inside its frontiers... from the Guardian: If no new arrangement is found then the licence for glyphosate, a core ingredient in ...
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I noticed spots being eaten from my rhubarb,what should I plant to prevent them from being eaten?

What is the organic way to prevent rhubarb leaves from having holes eaten from them?
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How can I get rid of cutworms in my corn and pumpkin patches?

Our corn and pumpkin seedlings appear to have been decimated by cutworms. They're actually caterpillars, and quite destructive ones at that: We're interested in getting rid of them organically, any ...
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Is there an organic way to remove wild strawberries from a lawn?

We have a variety of areas in our lawn where the wild strawberries are consistently killing our grass. Is there an organic way to control these? We have been fairly successful at tackling other weeds (...
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What is the name of the French pioneer of organic/sustainable farming?

I can't remember his name. I think he was active in the 50's to 70's. His techniques involved creating berms of fallen branches and twigs, and later incorporating the decayed matter into his soils. ...
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How should I care for my multi-variety apple and pear trees?

I am a novice gardener living in the San Francisco Bay Area. When I created my vegetable/fruit garden, the landscaper recommended grafted fruit trees (ones which produce 6 different varieties of ...
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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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Can I use greens, such as grass, as a fertilizer for tomatoes?

In my country I don't have fertilizer products, but I know that I can get nitrogen from any greens. I already knew that I can soak them in water to make liquid fertilizer, but what if I want to make ...
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Do white butterfly decoys work against Pieris rapae?

I've seen various articles/posts to say that decoy artificial white butterflies, such as the one I just made, are effective in preventing attack of brassicas by the white butterfly Pieris rapae. The ...
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Which method of growing food crops leads to the healthiest plant with the highest nutrient density? [closed]

Plants can be fed organically ( avoiding the use of pesticides, using organic matter to provide nutrients), inorganically ( using chemical fertilizers ), or soilessly when the roots are fed by a ...
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Can hydroponic/aeroponic produce be organic?

Crop rotation, green manure and compost are quite irrelevant in hydroponics and aeroponics, and the "fertilizer" is synthesized too, no?
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How to Get Rid of white grubs?

I noticed that I have grubs in my garden. Is there anything Organic that I can use to get rid of them? These little things totally destroy my tomato and pepper plants.
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How do you use potassium bicarbonate to control powdery mildew?

This post describes using potassium bicarbonate to control powdery mildew, but doesn't give any more info. So I'm looking for the following: Efficacy? Mixing rate? Application rate? Application ...
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How to verify that my organic landscaper isn't using synthetic fertilizers?

A lot of companies offer "organic" programs for lawn and landscape care. I have listened to a lot of cynics say that all of them sneak prohibited chemicals onto the landscape to deliver results (...
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How were estate lawns cared for prior to the popularization of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides?

I'm interested in the following information, and will be happy to follow any leads to good resources for the info: How were they cut? Were they irrigated? Did they fertilize? Did they overseed? ...