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

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Mulberry tree on mostly impervious surface

My recently planted mulberry tree is about 15 feet long. It appears to be growing okay but what I learned is that the growth will be very limited as the area surrounding it is mostly impervious (using ...
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How can I deal with cats who dig into plant soil (indoor)?

My cat loves digging into my plant pots, spreading soil everywhere, and destroy my plant roots... I have tried the educational way, and since then he stopped practicing when I'm around, but he can't ...
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English word for a "soil filter machine"?

Does anyone know what this machine is called in English? It is used to put soil in, and when it turns only the fine soil comes out below and the big rocks out at the end.
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Gardening in a shared space with different soil levels

So I got a spot dead center of 2 other gardeners in our building rooftop garden. I'm second from the left, the zone with all the perrenials from last year the someone forgot to clear. The problem I'm ...
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How to check soil for chemicals

I recently purchased a home and would like to plant some trees in the backyard (lemon, oranges, etc). However, I have read that certain weed killers which people put on their grass cause cancer. I was ...
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How effective is boiling water at sterilizing pot soil?

Aspiring to do sustainable* container gardening, I'd like to reuse the soil in my balcony pots each year instead of throwing it away. A fascinating idea is that watering a balcony pot with boiling ...
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Preferred soil for a ficus/rubber tree

What kind of soil is best for a ficus/rubber tree indoor plant? I recently moved across the US and my very healthy ficus was too tall to bring in the car. My old house had amazing light and the plant ...
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I've tilled wet soil before doing proper research. What can i do to minimize the damage?

I'm new to gardening, and I decided that I am going to create a new garden bed in my yard. The problem is, I began tilling without knowing of the damage that can be done by tilling very wet soil. Now ...
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How far is a espresso brew coffee nitrogen molecules to those able to be absorbed by plants?

I live in a small apartment with 3 small balconies, all of them full of plants. Most of the plants have big roots and are in too small pots, just because I don't have enough space or I have too many ...
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Planting mulberry too deep

I purchased a 2-year-old mulberry plant from the nursery. it is about 15 feet in length. When I planted it in the soil, I planted it 2 feet deep, but the actual root part with it was about 1 feet deep....
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How to increase nitrogen and potassium at the same time?

I had my vegetable garden soil tested by a local university extension. (If it matters, I'm in the northeast US, zone 5.) The results indicated that the soil was deficient in nitrogen and potassium. ...
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About removing mulch

We just bought a house with a big front and backyard most of which is covered by newly laid mulch/wood chips. There also seems to be a layer of plastic underneath this layer of mulch. The house has ...
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Should I treat soil after slime flux?

I inherited a tree that suffered from slime flux (bacterial wetwood). It had sores on the trunk that oozed liquid and foam, and the run-off created a smelly puddle at the base of the tree. The stink ...
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Do I need to worry about sequoia needles falling into my containers?

I'm new to my house, and I have a half dozen containers just underneath a giant sequoia. I now see a small amount of the needles are falling into the containers. Will the sequoia needles harm the ...
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Can the soil data maps from soilgrids.org be useful for a gardener?

I've been working on a gardening app that lets gardeners record information on the plants that they grow in their backyard or field. The gardener can record anything from encountered pests to plant ...
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Orange mould in cactus soil?

I’ve noticed some orange-ish spots in the soil of my cactus plants which I am guessing is mould? I’m new to owning plants so I don’t really know what I’m supposed to do in terms of treating and ...
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Adding worms to clay soil - worth it?

I have a large area of miserable clay soil which I'm looking to start rehabilitating. For the past 15 years it's been neglected and had nothing but some unwanted grass. It's very compacted due to ...
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Rototiller needed for fresh fill?

I have a 200 sq. ft. area that has just been filled with dirt. I'm planning to add 2" of topsoil and then plant pachysandra. Since the dirt underneath has not been compacted, to I really need a ...
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Should I use an open or closed French drain in clay soil?

Around my property is dense, clay soil that holds on to water to the point where the soil will still be damp in hot, dry weather. This has resulted in poor drainage, so I’m currently installing French ...
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Does disintegrating perlite produce clay?

Perlite sand is extremely fine. Is it clay? Will it cake up my soil over a long period of time(e.g.10 years)?
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What natural substance can I use to up the pH balance?

What can be used as a natural pH up substance for my medical marijuana plants water? I have them growing in soil & have been using citrus powder to lower my ph.
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Does roughening up the soil really reduce evaporation?

I am reading a gardening book and encountered (three times in fifty pages) the statement Roughening up* the soil reduces water evaporation. Especially in the presence of caked up topsoil. My ...
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Will Grow bags prevent soil pathogens from seeping into the bag from underneath?

I have an organic raised garden bed for tomatoes. Unfortunately a soil pathogen/fungi has damaged several of my plants this year. I could not find an environmentally safe way to treat soil pathogens ...
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What can I grow in my wet, moldy, clay soil that covers about 1/2 acre of my yard?

I am in the southeast and despite putting down gypsum, overseeding and aerating, I can't get grass to grow in much of my yard. I have stopped watering this area all together because it stays really ...
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Placement of soil sensors

I am looking into soil sensors to connect to an arduino project I am doing. This is just for me playing around and trying to optimize my garden as much as possible with tech 😋 So far the sensors seem ...
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Why is table salt evil?

In history class they teach the military strategy Scorched Earth: "burn the villages and forests, salt the fields, come back next year to fight a starving enemy". What is the chemical ...
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For a newly built apartment, when and how do I start developing what's basically a building site into a healthy soil for a variety of plants?

I'm about to get the keys to my new, Dutch home in a few months. It's a newly built apartment which comes with approximately 30 square meters of backyard that's free for plants, and a bit of front ...
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Is it possible to un-plant bush beans planted in error?

I re-seeded my pole beans yesterday, after soaking the seeds. Today I discovered I had confused the bush bean packet with the pole bean packet, and what I actually planted yesterday, along the edges ...
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Can I reuse the lower portion of soil or pot that had fungus gowing in it?

I had a plant with a fungus growing in the soil. I have since replanted the plant with new soil and in a new pot. Since the old pot was rather big, I am wondering if I could reuse some of the soil in ...
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frightened by black, dirty phlegm after gardening -- help!

I'm NOT a gardener, rarely if ever get out there, but spend about 4 hours this morning in my mom's flower gardens, tilling, raking, weeding, and putting schmutz in the garbage. It was a WINDY morning. ...
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Cover crop and rehab or amend and plant

I just pulled up a rather sad potato crop and was considering putting down some winter squash. I tested the soil and it's got low nitrogen and phosphorus. I would like to build up healthy soil. Should ...
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Can there be a calcium deficiency despite plenty of calcium in the soil test

What else should I be looking for in a soil test that shows plenty of calcium when some plants do show Ca deficiency?
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What is this growing in the soil of indoor plant?

What is the yellow thing protruding from the soil? Should I dig it out? Also there appears to be white mineral deposits at the top of the soil This is an indoor aloe vera plant in a pot.
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Any idea why bees are rooting around in our new potting soil in our outdoor raised beds?

This isn’t bothering us at all, just curious… We assembled a raised bed on our back deck in Washington, DC a few days ago. We used peat-free Organic Mechanics container blend potting soil. Then these ...
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How long to dry out soil to kill all the bugs?

How long can the eggs/larvae/pupae of indoor plant bugs survive in soil that is not being watered at all? For example, after the plants have died and been removed, so literally no water at all is ...
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How can I divide a long planter into two gardens?

The decking between my property and my neighbours is divided by a very large concrete planter box. It is very roughly 4x1x1 metres (13x3x3 feet) internally. Over the top of the planter, down the ...
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How can I remove the oil from my soil and grow new grass

I just moved into a new home that used to have an above-ground pool in the backyard. A guy mentioned that they might have put oil on the ground to prevent weeds from growing underneath the pool so ...
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Metal firepit installation

I want to put limestone blocks 2x2x5’ for seats in a 10x10, 4’ deep fireplace area, I rented a digger and dig the hole I and plan to put 6” of base inside the entire area first then the blocks around ...
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What do you plant your seeds in?

I have heard a couple different main approaches. Some suggest potting soil, while I've heard some suggest using sphagnum moss and perlite/vermacile. Potting soil has the benefit of not needing to ...
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What are these strange brown things coming out of plant soil?

I found these strange brown bugs coming out from my plants soil. I don't understand if these are soil mites or what. I found that 5 of my plants have the same problem. Same brown things coming out ...
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Is it fungus or something else attacking my Areca Plant?

I wonder what's attacking my Areca plant, recently she definetly struggles with growing healthy and large leafs, every new leaf is small, brownish, and dried, as seen on pic 3. I've inspected her real ...
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Can I reuse utensils after sterilising potting soil after cleaning it?

For sterilising cocopeat/garden soil/potting mixes, I am thinking of using a big vessel from the kitchen on a stove with water. My question is, will this vessel be usable for cooking if I clean it ...
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How do some seeds germinate and flourish in soil filled pots?

I have regularly seen people not recommending plain soil for pots, since the roots of the newly generated seedlings suffocate in the lack of oxygen due to its compact nature and lack of water drainage....
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What are the benefits of sifting soil?

I was thinking about sifting the soil of my garden, going from this: To this Are there any benefits in doing so? My goal is to grow vegetables in that soil
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How to remove alkalinity (calcium carbonate) in water?

I have a lot of plants that are acid loving and are very sensitive, such as maples. The tap water in my region comes from the Colorado river and thus has high alkalinity, i.e. high amounts of salts. ...
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Should I sift the soil like this?

I don't really know much about plants and soils, I'm trying to make a vegetable garden and since the soil is a little ugly: I was thinking about sifting it The soil feels very nice after doing it ...
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Efficient way to sterilise soil

I have had issues with either bacterial spot/speck or early blight (I was not able to determine which it was) or both on tomatoes. They have been grown in containers. I have about 100-150 galons of ...
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A section of land/soil is bad due to salt? How to fix?

A section of a alfalfa farm soil is bad. It is told that the cause is salty soil. What can be done to fix the soil? Update edit As requested by @csk , the source of the salt is: well, the land has ...
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Fruit tree species with root system that help stabilizing earth and stop erosion?

Which species of fruit trees (or some other productive species, like nuts, berries, eathables ... can also help with its root system in stabilizing the earth, binding water and thus protect against ...
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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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