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Questions tagged [soil]

The growing medium for plants, primarily consisting of rock fragments, organic material, water, and organisms.

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What kind of soil does aloe vera prefers?

(I'm new to planting) Can I use native soil from a nearby grass field? Should I also add some plotting mix?
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What is a good replacement for Click & Grow “Smart Soil”?

I was given the 9-pod click & grow (https://www.clickandgrow.com/) as a gift, shipped to Australia. Somehow it made it past customs and I've started the growth cycle for the starter pack of seeds, ...
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What is the recommended elevation between the water table and the growing surface?

I'm starting to plan out my garden for the spring planting, and am trying to figure out how much surface I need between where the green part of the plants and the water table. I'm trying to have a big ...
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Crop rotation: by season instead of by year?

I have 3 raised beds in a small 30 m2 greenhouse, this is the first year I have it so I don't have much experience. I've been reading about crop rotation, and was wondering why you can't or shouldn't ...
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What’s the ideal slope for draining a garden with clay soil?

Our garden is in the central region of Thailand which has very clay soil. The house is built on a raised plot of land, about 70cm higher than the surrounding area. The land was raised because this ...
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Drooping Aloe? Is my Aloe healthy?

A friend just gave me this aloe. It has grown a lot since she had it and has two pups now. however, I'm noticing aloe online looks like it grows up whereas the large leaves at the base of my aloe are ...
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How hot can soil get if daily temperatures persist above 100°F?

I am doing some research on ponderosa pines and climate change. I am currently trying to find (with no luck) how hot soil can get if subjected to direct daily sunlight with temperatures exceeding 100°...
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What safe containers are there for planting edibles?

Wondering what containers people use for growing various edibles. Instead of planting purely outdoors I may grow on the balcony and indoors. Primary worry is leeching materials/heavy metals/plastics ...
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Dirt mound in backyard

I see several dirt mounds in my backyard. These are usually around 6 inches in diameter with no obvious hole caused by an animal. Can you please help me identify what is causing it and also how to ...
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Can I improve clay-like soil with little stones?

I have these stones (formerly from a garden center and on top of weed-suppressing fabric in a flower bed for 10 years) and I'm wondering if I can just fork them into this soil. The soil currently ...
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Reuse of soil in a container garden?

I have a small container garden (https://vegepod.com.au/collections/raised-garden-beds/products/raised-garden-bed-small) which I used to grow some bok-choy and silverbeet about 18 months ago. The ...
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Which kitchen and garden scraps can be scattered on a vegetable garden soil?

I'm trying to make the switch to adding natural instead of synthetic fertilizer to my vegetable garden (and stop tilling while I'm at it). Besides compost, I'm curious whether I could use some kitchen ...
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Are there bugs on my adenium?

Can you please check the leaves of my adenium? It grows black in colour and I don't know why. Please share the reason so that I can improve the health of my adenium.
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Before plating aerate or not?

It has been a couple months I have been working on my yard. Thank you all of your time and advice! My back yard was in bad condition. First I killed wild weeds cleaned and hired someone to trim my ...
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Can I prepare 2000 square feet of soil for sod, by myself, in California?

I just bought a house and have a 2000 sqf yard that is currently just dirt. I want to do the sod myself, but I am a bit unsure about how to prepare the soil. I have been trying to read online and what ...
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How to grow a grafted avocado in bad soil?

I live in St.Croix and want to plant into the ground a grafted avocado tree that is 2'ft (60 cm) high. I live close to the ocean. I see lots of mango trees in the neighborhood, but few if any ...
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Why can't dry soil absorb water well?

I have often heard that particularly dry soil cannot absorb water well. This was often associated with flooding after a long dry drought. I couldn't really imagine it, but yesterday I saw for myself ...
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How do I inoculate plants with garden giant when not disturbing the soil?

I'm wanting to hook my plants into Garden Giant spawn, but not disturb the soil. How can I best, and quickly put the spawn into the plants while not harming the plants? Is it reasonable to put a ...
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What’s the best way to remove 2-4 inches of large gravel from backyard?

New home owner. After moving in I noticed the previous owner had laid down some gravel in a portion of my backyard so he could store a boat. Approx 15ft x 30ft. It’s been completely taken over by ...
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amendments to soil to make it hold LESS water?

I have some potting soil that I'm using for a self watering planter. It's peat moss based, and I see some perlite in it. I notice that it's wicking too much water (too wet). I tried the 2 knuckle ...
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Do rhododendrons poison soil? [duplicate]

I've cleared some garden by removing and cutting back some very large rhododendrons. The ground was previously heavily shaded and nothing is growing; I also raked of the latter of dead leaves. But I'...
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What is causing tip dieback of Norway Spruce?

This is a recently planted Norway Spruce in Mount Horeb, Wisconsin. 1/3 planted trees is experiencing tip dieback. Is this planting stress, symptom of a tip blight, or something else?
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Inadvertently sprayed Ortho Ground Clear in area in which I would like to plant shrubs

If you inadvertently spray an area with a vegetation poison is there anything you can add to the soil to neutralize the effects of the glyphosphate (5%) so that you can plant shrubs?
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How to prepare soil for seeding?

I have lots of weed in my backyard and I think I will seed for a green lawn! I was planning on installing sod but I think I will go with the seed. What should I do before I seed? Can I use weed killer ...
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How to revive a bonsai that was repotted after it was dying of overwatering?

I have a 15 year old Chinese Elm which I bought last year in April and keep indoors. It is placed next to a window, but due to british weather it doesn’t get very strong light. The bonsai survived ...
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Is using Miracle Grow potting mix good for starting seeds?

So, over a week ago, I started to grow tomatoes from seeds using topsoil, specifically Scott's premium topsoil. After realizing it's full of crap, bark, sticks, etc., I restarted today using Miracle ...
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Moldy looking soil in my greenhouse

I have had moldy looking soil in my greenhouse for the last couple of years. It looks like fine dust on top of the soil. My greenhouse is well ventilated and I have used various fungicides with no ...
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What should I add to the soil to make my hydrangeas blue?

I am about to plant some new hydrangeas. What should I use to amend the soil with to make the hydrangeas blue?
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Planting vegetables in ground vs pots in greenhouse

What makes the most sense for growing vegetables (tomatoes/peppers/squash/etc) in a new, small 6ftx9ft greenhouse in a hardiness zone of 6? Removing the grass inside and then... Planting plants at ...
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What exactly is top soil?

I have a really simple and maybe stupid question... Term top soil appears very often in almost any gardening subject - but what exactly is top soil?
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Is just adding a new soil layer on top of existing soil good for creating a new plant bed?

I want to create a small area (2 square meters) for new plants and/or seedlings. I need to raise a level in that area a little (for overall garden design purposes), and I plan just to put 30cm / 1ft ...
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Putting mushroom manure on top of clay lawn

I want to add 3 inches of mushroom manure to the top of a small lawn with cardboard as a mulch underneath and a layer of leaves from the fall. There are other soils available that say that they are ...
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Can urine return moisture-holding capacity to the soil?

I've been urinating on dead lawns for a while. I consider myself an expert. In my home town we've been having a drought for some time; yet I had great success there, turning dried out, dying areas of ...
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Where can I dispose of scrap dirt?

I have dirt from an old burn pile that I need disposed of. I want to refill the area with fresh soil so I can plant grass seed. The dirt I want removed has wood chips, nails, and rocks. Does anyone ...
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Coco coir, how good is it?

I was on amazon when I found this and many product like it. It is called coco coir and from what I have read in the description on that page and a few others is that it is supposed to be airy and ...
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What soil quality is now, after staying under a pile of grass clippings for a year?

I left a pile of clipped grass on my lawn, of diameter and height 2m, untouched for a year. It shrinked significantly, but it is still of formidable size, and it is almost like compost now. I am going ...
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I've read that composting can reach up to 140 degrees - does this affect my plants?

I plan to do approximately a 1'x1' curved ditch between my garden rows filled with wood chips, and manure, will this make the plants get too warm, or will it keep the soil cooler like cover crops do??
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Is it good to add probiotics to your fermented plant juice?

I'm just wondering if adding some sort of bacteria like the ones you get in your probiotics supplements, can be good for your fermented plant juice?
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What are the cons of using aluminum sulfate and elemental sulfur as soil acidifiers?

I have a slightly high pH, 7.2. Nothing bad but I would like to bring it down a little. I was looking at two elements/products whatever you want to call them. One was Aluminum Sulfate and the other ...
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Bring pachysandra back to life

A large patch of my pachysandra covering was ripped up by trucks last May. See the white oval in the picture. I was expecting it to come back during the summer but I didn't. What can I do the bring ...
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Tanalised beds dilemma

I want to grow vegetables in my garden in beds because the soil is clay and I feel that’s the best option. Wooden beds seems the best way to go as recycled plastic seems awfully expensive. There ...
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different types of soil sensors? [closed]

I am looking for soil sensors to be used for agriculture crops. Can you please guide me on what all available soil sensors commercially available and how their properties can be used in suggesting ...
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How do you measure soil temperature?

I've been given the instructions "plant young plants only after the ground temperature reaches 70°F (21°C), about 2 to 3 weeks before the last frost." I looked up ground temperatures in my area and ...
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Grass preparation (base)

I need advice on preparing my garden for planting grass seeds, I have a new build property and the current grass is always waterlogged. I plan on hiring a man with digger and removing the top 6-8 inch ...
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rosemary indoors: wrong kind of sand?

I read that rosemary requires good drainage, so I tried sprouting it from seed in sand. It didn't work at all. Just looking at this sand, it doesn't look like it has good drainage to me. It gets ...
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Is it safe growing vegetables in a soil that has plastic fragments?

I have started preparing a small piece of land for growing vegetables. To my disappointment, I quickly realised that it has been used in the past years as a dump site. Among other bigger pieces of ...
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What type of soil should I use with fruit trees?

Background: We live on a large mountain. And the soil we have here is full of small, medium and large rocks everywhere. Throughout the time we've lived here, growing trees is really hit and miss. Due ...
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Is it possible to plant vegetables just in compost without soil added?

I am new to gardening and I have started to grow my own vegetables at home. I have used only compost - and now that I am reading more about gardening, I am not sure if what I did was right. So do I ...
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Egg shells and peanut casings in pot soil

I was reading up a few weeks ago on fertilizing and someone, somewhere said that grinding down egg shells would be a good idea to increase calcium in the soil. Now this made me save some egg shells ...
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What's the proper soil composition for growing Bursera fagaroides?

I recently purchased two plants from the Burseraceae family. One of them, Bursera fagaroides, can be found in the wild in a range extending from Arizona to Oaxaca, along the west coast of Mexico. ...