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

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Freshish wood chips as filler for bottom of raised vege garden

I have built a raised bed (about 60cm high) and want to fill it so I can start growing stuff. Unfortunately the cost of vege mix/garden mix is quite high - so I'm wanting to add something as a ...
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Is foliar feeding net beneficial, over fertilising the soil directly?

As usual, one can find contradictory claims, either for or against foliar feeding. Since I'm sure there's plenty more studies out there, is there a general consensus on whether foliar feeding is (net) ...
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Landscaping backyard

My back yard is 80 ft x 110 ft. I want to spread a layer of top soil 6 inches deep on it. How much dirt will I have to order? Can you give me a mathematical formula that I can use, please?
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Lowering soil level on mature Japanese maple

I am removing a raised bed where a mature Japanese maple is located. Taking soil level down about 8-10 inches and exposing large roots at base of tree. Will this cause a problem?
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How thick does the impermeable layer need to be when grading a yard?

I'm grading my yard and have found a deep layer of sand (at least 2 ft) extending out about 10ft. Perhaps the sub base for a patio? I understand I need an impermeable layer to ensure rain runs away ...
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What is this substance on my golden pathos’ soil?

I noticed some really small white bugs made their home in my golden pathos’ soil. i did some research and i think they might be whiteflies or soil mites but i’m hoping for the latter. They are ...
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Why is my mango plant having brown spots?

I really wanted to grow this plant but now seeing it like this i am getting so depressed 😔
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eating my weeds

My dad used Round-Up heavily in my yard 10 years ago. I haven't used any since and now I would love to harvest and eat some of the edible weeds growing so well there. Is it safe now that 10 years have ...
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Help identifying mothball/raddish-like plants/fungi?

I was digging a hole to plant a tree in the middle of a large oregano patch that's been growing on top of an old compost pile. I found a about 20 or 30 mothball-like/white raddish-like objects (...
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how to obtain information on fertilizer amount per volume

Very simple question but hour long search with no answer. Concentration of fertilizer is relation ship of amount of fertilizer (either mass or molar) with volume, NOT with area, yet all fertilizers ...
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Till up grassy lanes between grape vine rows and then replant a cover, or leave alone?

I'm putting in a new vineyard with 9 rows, spaced 7 feet apart. The rows are 3 feet wide and tilled, while the lanes between the rows are 4 feet wide and still intact as typical cool-season lawn (...
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How can I fill sink holes?

We recently purchased a 5-year-old house. It's a 3-acre lot with the house built on a raised hill in the middle. There are a couple of spots at the edge of the "developed" yard where the ...
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Distilled water (pH 5.5 due to dissolved CO2) recommended for soil test - Do I need to adjust reading? [duplicate]

All available sources recommend using distilled water for performing a soil pH test. However, distilled water by itself is anywhere between pH 5.5 and 6.5 due to dissolved CO2 (HCO3- ions). In my case,...
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What is this fungus (slime mold) with dark brown, rodlike vertical clusters and a slimy webbed base?

I live in the Florida panhandle, and I have two 20" flowerpots with two tomato plants in the first pot and a bell pepper and three zucchini plants in the other. They are on a south-facing balcony ...
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Strategy for a new flower bed in poor soil

I have a small area in front of my house with some grass and existing shrubs. I want to make an L-shaped flower bed in my space without disturbing the existing shrubs. I have removed some of the ...
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Mushrooms growing randomly in regular substrate with plants

I have planted indoors some red peppers and tomatos in a vertical urban garden, and I saw a mushroom growing in a corner (when I decided to take a picture, it had broken down). Today I have seen ...
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Moss all over soil in garden

Cannot get rid of moss in or on the soil in my garden so what plants can I grow in the moss. Desperate to have a flower garden not a moss ridden garden!!?? Gill
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Why is my raised bed soil white under the surface, and why aren't plants growing well?

The soil in my raised bed is white and brown right under the surface. Is this a beneficial fungus? I've added quite a bit of compost to the beds, and they are filled at the bottom with wood and wood ...
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Most accurate home pH test?

What test mechanism (e.g. strips, probes, etc..) that can be purchased online for self testing soil pH is the most accurate? Any recommendations on specific products/brands?
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Is this a good thought process for creating and filling a raised garden bed in San Antonio, Texas?

I'm in the process of making a ~ 4' x 4' x 1.5' raised planter in San Antonio. Here are some of my thought processes / approaches to the planter itself that I'd like to get a second opinion on. In ...
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Why my vegetable become prematurely ready?

It has been crazy summer in New Zealand. Hot, wet, cold and plants are acting weirdly. But I just want to make sure what is wrong with my plants. Is it climate or is it soil? Most of my vegetables are ...
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How do I fix my muddy, boggy clay lawn?

My lawn turns into mud between October and April every year (UK), and then in the summer becomes almost impervious to garden forks. If I do manage to break the surface, it's still fairly damp ...
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What kind of soil should I used for Indoor Plant

What kind of soil should I used for Indoor Plant ? I planted some plants last year but due to wet soil fungus/mold was growing in soil, so I don’t want it now. coco peat or soil which one is best for ...
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Is it ok to cover soils underneath a plant with tiles for aesthetic reason?

So the lady of my house thought it would look pleasing to cover the soils underneath a plant with tiles. My first instinct says that it is not healthy for the plant, but I’m not a gardener so I don’t ...
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scoria sand: What is it good for?

I have sifted scoria to isolate the coarse sand from the fine one. I have the coarse ingredient which I will use it mainly for my succulents. However, I am left with a bag full of fine scoria sand, ...
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Lumpy soil and grass

I live in an area with a clay soil and it tends to make hard clumps. So, when walking across grass, the ground is uneven and very lumpy. Is there any way to smooth it out and help the grass feel flat?
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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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