Questions tagged [soil]

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

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Is my kalanchoe dying?

I bought two kalanchoes about a month ago and planted them in a pot. They were out under the sun from 8 am to 4 pm when the maximum temperature varied around 27-30 degrees. The pot does not have ...
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Is this growing medium good for compost?

This straw-like growing medium was used to grow dhingri (oyster) mushroom. However, due to climate getting hotter here, the mushroom died, and now I am thinking if this medium is suitable for compost ...
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How to get rid of baby snails?

This has now become a severe problem. Last year nearly all of the young plants that I had planted were eaten away by them. I used to throw away the bigger snails, later killed them by hitting as I ...
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Redoing the lawn and improving soil

I'd like to start over with growing lawn and some plants on a small patch of garden (20-25 m2 at most). I removed the weeds/existing grass from the top by digging through it and noticed that the ...
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Fertilizers with harmful levels of salts

I read in some articles that potassium chloride and ammonium sulphate can lead to salinity buildup. Is there a simple way to tell by looking at the fertilizer formula if a fertilizer can increase salt ...
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Can an indoor Birds of Paradise thrive in gardening soil?

I bought gardening soil by accident and I have a beautiful and large BoP that I'm repotting. I am curious if gardening soil will be OK for this plant.
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Active lime estimation soil analysis

I am reading some studies on the adaptability of some citrus rootstocks on calcareous soil and in the description of the soil where they were tested the percentage of active lime is not indicated. The ...
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Vermiculate has a bad history of being tainted with asbestos; what about perlite?

I avoid vermiculite because of its horrible history of being tainted with asbestos. Wikipedia states that, nowadays, vermiculite is supposed to be tested for asbestos, but knowing a bit about testing ...
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Can you “feed” an avocado plant with avocado pits?

I have grown an avocado plant using the infamous toothpick method, i.e. suspending an avocado pit in water using toothpicks. Since the avocado pit contains the necessary nutrients, I left it in water ...
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Raised bed in citrus cultivation in heavy and low permeable soils

Good morning, here a citrus grower from Sicily. Now there is a strong tendency in the world to grow citrus (pomegranates and other plants) in raised beds/berms, like this: The reason seems to be that ...
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How is caliche related to gardening?

In the animated film "Curse of the Were-Rabbit" the context is how a community prepares their garden produce for the great vegetable show. The actors have clearly garden-related names like ...
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What makes Ammonium Sulfate a soil acidifier but not Potassium Sulfate

Adding elemental Sulphur is a common practice to lower pH of soil. Ammonium Sulfate can also have the same effect. I read that Potassium Sulfate and Magnesium Sulfate may not have the same acidifying ...
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Liquid fertilizers and other solutions

I am searching for organic/natural ways to feed the soil & the plants and to let beneficial microbial and fungal colonies thrive. What I am not good at is timing, and the exact recipes of ...
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Lowering Soil pH with Diluted Sulphuric Acid

I want to lower my soil pH from 7 to 4.5 with dilute sulphuric acid. It's time to buy potted blueberry plants here in El Dorado County, CA (Zone 9A) so I would like to adjust the pH quickly rather ...
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What is the optimal soil composition range for growing salad greens in pots at home?

This year I wanted to experiment with growing edible salads, Chinese cabbage, spinach, lettuce and herbs at home in pots under artificial lighting, so I got the seeds, but not the soil (or lights, or ...
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What are these little balls (green, yellow, orange) in my potting mix?

I've seen these little balls in more than one brand of potting mix / universal compost. I just sifted a large amount of compost and found many. I've seen them in the following colors: white, green, ...
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What would be the non-organic part in this vegetal compost mixture?

See the composition of this substrate mixture I've bought: It only mentions organic stuff, like vegetal compost and composted pine bark. At the same time, it says that the organic matter content is ...
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Mango tree leaves are getting tiny brown (like dryed out) on the edges

Mango tree leaves are getting tiny brown (like dried out) on the edges. I attach photos to see better, and also a photo of the soil. Like in this picture, tiny bits of brown: Same here: How soil ...
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Mandarin tree with yellow leaves and black spots (potted)

This grafted 'imperial' mandarin tree was planted in this pot over a year ago and is not healthy. Other plants at the store actually had fruit on them when I purchased this but it has never fruited. ...
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Is contaminated soil safe to handle?

After digging a dry well and taking soil samples for testing, I have a bunch of excess soil from my garden, just sitting in a bucket in my garage. It occurred to me to use it to make some hikaru ...
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What is this strange thing?

While freshening some soil for fall planting (garlic), I found several of these weird yellow globules: Each one is maybe 3mm in diameter and resembles a fish egg, both in appearance and in ...
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Interpreting Soil Content Survey Results

We moved into our new-build property in November 2018, and have been beset with garden (more specifically, lawn) issues since the start. After badgering and persisting, our developer agreed to ...
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Acidic soil containing chalk?

I’ve recently bought a property in a ‘dry chalk valley’. It’s an old barn with a paddock out the back. I bought an electronic soil pH meter (two prongs with an analog dial meter) and followed the ...
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Does compost 100% decompose?

I guess another way to ask the same question: Can compost be used as soil? The question comes up as I have just removed a tree stump and would like to plant grass instead. So right now there is a hole ...
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Why does the size of the pot matter when fertilizing?

I am new to gardening and am trying to figure out how much fertilizer to use. There aren’t any instructions for the fertilizer I’m using on how much to use for potted plants but after reading, it ...
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Avoid fungus on top soil (indoor plant)

I’m growing some sweet potato vines inside my house out of a well-draining tin pot. Where the vines cluster together, naturally less sunlight reaches the top soil and I’ve got little white mould spots ...
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Is it OK to put sod on top of gravel?

I have a small area (approx 400 sqft) near the pool where I'm looking to put down sod. I ordered the sod to be delivered today. Yesterday I used a mini tiller to loosen the dirt. I found that under ...
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Will the new soil hill in our backyard cause water damage to our neighbor’s house below us?

In order to maximize the amount of play space in our backyard, we recently had many yards of soil brought in. We live on a slope. Our neighbors home behind our backyard is about 3 feet below our ...
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A good substitute for perlite to be used in potted plants soil mix?

I would really like to make a soil mix with some perlite, so it becomes really light and has good drainage and won't hold up too much water. This is to use on potted plants. But I couldn't find any ...
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Can I grow low-growing heathers in containers with soil depth of 10cm?

I am building a small shed with a heather/heath roof using low growing varieties that reach 10-15cm. I plan to use 4 separate 60x40cm Euro trays, lined with soil barrier, so that I can lift these off ...
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Looking for input as to next steps for my lawn issue

Hello fellow garden lovers I’ve had my lawn for about 7 years since the turf was laid by the landscaper. Pictures attached. I’ve had a lawn care company attend about 3 times a year to apply feed, ...
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My aloe vera is passed out, what can I do?

I bought this aloe vera last week. As one of the leaves was falling (photo 2), I thought that if I tied them together with a string for a few days, this would help her to create strength to hold the ...
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How do I explore and make changes in my garden?

We recently bought and moved into our home. The previous owner set up some great plants (natives, water smart, fragrant and pollinator friendly) and trees with watering automation as well. The visible ...
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Curing avocado root rot

I have two 2 years old avocados. Sadly, they weren't feeling well last few months: leaves started to drop and side branches started eventually to dry out. After massive googling a root rot due to ...
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Can I use white aquarium sand to replace the sand on my substrate?

I want to make a substrate with vermiculite and sand. However, I don't find a small amount of sand to buy where I live. At the market I saw this white sand for aquariums. Does anyone know if I can use ...
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Will buried rhododendrons stumps grow through a foot of soil?

We are going to be having soil brought into our backyard. We were wondering if cutting the rhododendrons plants down to the existing soil level, then burying them in at least one foot of soil above ...
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What type of soil should I use for a galvanized steel planter for growing veggies?

I am not sure whether I should use potting soil or raised bed soil. This would have a bottom so the roots would not be going down to the actual soil (going to be putting it on concrete anyways).
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How to transplant avocados rooted in water to soil?

I have 7 avocado plants that I started in jars of water with toothpicks. They're now all between 9 inches and 2 feet. As they've outgrown their jars, I'm looking to transfer them to soil now. I know I ...
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How much should I worry about these moldy-looking growths?

I have a raised garden bed that has started to show what looks like mold or moss on the soil: This website seems to think it's harmless, while this one disagrees. And then there's the green stuff. ...
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Using old soil with lying of new turf

I am building up my lawn as current one was messy and home to rice and rats crossing from the neighbour with the help of some videos here, here and I have taken out some old turf and still in process. ...
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Restore grass field which is overgrown by nettles

I recently own a piece of land (800m²) which used to be full of grass. Lately the grass is being overgrown by nettles. Right now I'm at the point where almost all the grass is replaced by nettles. My ...
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Bees surrounding soil of nearly dead basil

I recently took in a nearly dead basil plant from a friend. The stems were elongated and dark with only the leaves looking healthy. My recent observation has been bees surrounding the soil of this ...
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Is this an insect (wasp/bee) bore in my soil?

everyday there’s a new bore in the soil of my potted aloe plant. Could you help identify what this is? There’s little mounds of soil that are balled up around the hole and I keep destroying them but ...
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Soil seems to be constantly moist even with days without watering

I had this old pot filled with barely used soil and left it unused for years. Now I'm using this soil for other plants but it seems to be constantly moist which isn't good for species of plants that ...
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Planting in soil filled with ivy roots

I want to place some plants in the borders of my terrace garden. The house has a large amount of ivy running up the side of the terrace. When tilling the soil, I've discovered that it's completely ...
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Mail Order Indoor Bonsai - Is my soil and new bonsai plants okay, am I doing the right things?

I ordered two indoor bonsai plants (Brussel's Fukien Tea Bonsai) online. They arrived together in a box and were protected by packaging peanuts. They have been acclimating to my home for a little ...
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What are these pests? Harmful? How to get rid of?

I recently decided to have a vegetable and herb garden and put in raised planters along my house. Two of the 4 raised gardens have a TON of these tiny pests in the soil. Interestingly enough they don’...
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Will citrus recover from alkaline soil/fruit drop?

Recently bought a place with orange, Clementine, lime, grapefruit, and lemon trees. New to growing citrus and did not test soil so did a fantastic job of nearly killing them all. Our soil ph is 8.5, ...
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Herbs/Salads going purple in soil

I planted these herbs and salads a week ago in soil. The leaves of some (mint, sage, rocket) are turning purple. Bit of a newbie question but any advice welcome! Have been watering daily. Thanks
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Improving my first garden plot and stopping weeds

I have a small-ish plot at the front of my house. It's about 5mx2m in size and I'm in a new build house so I've come across several rocks and bits of rubble that I have removed so far. It was planted ...

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