Questions tagged [soil]

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

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What is growing on my pots and soil?

I used to have these plants growing in my dorm room. I needed to add some more herbs to my collection, so I dug up most of the previous plants, took the soil from the pots, and mixed it with home ...
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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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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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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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How to make well-drained sandy soil from potting mix?

I want to plant sage, which is said to grow best in well-drained "sandy soil". I bought some potting mix from the hardware store. Is off-the-shelf potting mix already sandy, well drained soil? ...
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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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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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How to get started with a lawn makeover

I shifted to new house last year and garden is a mess, now the time is good and sun is good. I wanted to find out how can I make my garden a lush green which is habitat to sitting in the sun/playing. ...
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How compact can your topsoil be before laying sod?

I hired a landscaper to spread 30 yards of top soil prior to laying sod. He insisted on dragging his bobcat scoop across the soil to give it a nice compaction. It seems to have worked well in all ...
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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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New construction, massive back yard…crappy lawn and flower bed! please help!

Its been two years since the house is constructed. I Live in New England region, prior to the new house the land had been over grown with bushes, trees and crappy plants. After construction, builder ...
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How much drainage in seedling potting mix?

I made my own seedling potting mix. It has 35% drainage and 65% water hold matter. Now, that I see it, I feel like it has too much drainage. I used roughly the same percentage of as Sungro's ...
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What are these white fuzzy growths on the soil of my lawn?

This morning, at about 11am, I went outside and found white fuzzy patches growing on the exposed soil of my lawn in a shady spot (in north-west England). It does not appear to be on the grass itself. ...
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Peat moss substrate for Cactus and Lemons

I am growing cactus, lemons and some strawberry in pots. I just bought this peat moss from my local store to fill the pots with it(only with this) On top of it it says tree and vegetable. Is it okay ...
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Moving and replanting an avocado tree questions

I'm in Southern California Currently we have an avocado tree that was planted in our vegetable garden from a seed, it's like 4-5 feet tall now. And it's time to move the tree to a more permanent ...
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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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Weird things found in Alocasia plant soil

Today i wanted to change the soil in my Alocasia plant, but i found these things in the soil, around the roots. They weren't attactchments, they where just laying in the soil. I bought in in an IKEA ...
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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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What is this caterpillar?

I found this caterpillar and was wondering if anyone could identify it. Is it poisonous/dangerous? Would it be good or bad for a garden soil? This was found in Australia. Here is a photo.
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Not sure if there's a pest in my soil!

I had potted some garlic to grow recently, and yesterday when I lifted the pot to clean under it, the soil seemed to look like pest excrement, of some sort. Here is a picture. Can someone help me ...
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Soil to buy for potted plants?

Before I ask my question, the only place I can buy from is Home Depot. With that said, what type of soil should I buy for my plants? It would be soil for planters and pots, and I live in the ...
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Is it safe to eat fruits and vegetables planted in a pet cemetery?

Are there any safety concerns in eating fruit and veggies from plants that have been growing where dead pets have been buried? Not a full blown pet cemetery, but a small and intimate location in the ...
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Lawn on an old sea defence

In our back garden now, we have mostly sandy topsoil sitting on an old Victorian sea defence, which is shingle. We trucked in literally tons of topsoil about 5 years ago, laid turf and all was well ...
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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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Is this soil ok?

I just want to buy a new potting soil and I found this in my local market. I wonder if this is ok for plants like cactus lemons etc. Don't know much about soil.
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Please help save my dying Areca Palm

I bought my fully grown Areca palm 1 year ago. It was thriving until suddenly I’ve noticed the leaves are starting to dry out and also noticed brown spots on the stem. Not sure if they have always ...
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How can I encourage my indoor vermicomposting bin to produce more dirt?

I have an indoor vermicomposting bin. It has served me well for 3 years. Since the bin is indoors, and I live in a small apartment, I'm fairly cautious with feeing the worms. I don't want to overwhelm ...
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Is it safe to change the soil completely for mint? And is it bad for the plants that the roots are sticking out?

Change of Soil + Roots: I recently took a gardener's mint plant back home alongside some of its soil in a quite small flower pot. I didn't know that mints grow and spreads VERY fast and it's starting ...
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What is going on with my beans?

I am having a weird time with my beans this year. For whatever reason, absolutely none of them are growing normally. This is my third set of beans I’ve put in the ground. I’ve tried two different ...
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Green mould/mushrooms on houseplant soil

I recently took some cuttings from a friend, let them root in water, and then planted them. About a week later, suddenly there’s lot of green fungus/mould on the top of the soil! Any help ...
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Laying new topsoil, what if anything to mix in for worms or to kickstart healthy ecosystem?

For reasons that would take too long to go into (tl;dr version - a combination of mass gradual soil movement needing soil engineering, bad development, old paving/topslabs, + ground levelling to ...
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Should I add more soil to my bonsai seedlings

I have three bonsai seedlings that are just about 3 months old. They are Norway spruces and appear to be doing well but I was wondering if maybe I need to add more soil (particularly for the third one,...
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Side yard flooded, low spots near patio, nasty bare clay spots.. best route to take?

I've always loved reading these posts but never thought to make an account. So here goes nothing. New homeowner, want to fix the drainage issues and get some trouble areas growing. -My side yard ...
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Which soil works for Dracaena sanderiana (lucky bamboo)?

I got this Dracaena sanderiana (lucky bamboo) recently, and would like to replant it in a different pot and change the soil: I've done some googling and got wildly different and often times opposing ...
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How much extra soil do I need to buy to account for settling when prepping a garden bed?

I can calculate the volumes of the beds easily enough, but I assume that as I install the soil it will settle. In a raised vegetable garden bed I could just top it off next year. In a perennial bed, ...
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I am considering mulch for my orchard but i worry about fire?

I am considering some types of mulch for my orchard but I am really worried about fire. We have about three month(summer) without any rainfall and humidity is about 20-30%. For example if I use hay ...
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How can I tell if my nematodes are working?

I bought three different species of nematodes from an online vendor: Heterorhabditis bacteriaphora, Steinernema carpocapsae and Steinernema feltiae (250 million each). I've sprayed the H. ...
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Garden Soil Mix

First time gardener her. The wife and I decided to get our thumbs green and give veggies a go. We are going to be growing in buckets and garbage cans, and a few potato sacks. I was investigating ...
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How do I get a nice dense folliage back on my Chinese Elm?

I'm new here and quite new to growing bonsais! I'm in possession of a Chinese Elm, which I bought 3 months ago. It was held outside by the previous owner, so it had no leaves when it arrived here. I'm ...
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~1 Year old Avocado tree drooping leaves after repotting

Hi recently I decided to move my avocado tree to a different pot because it suddenly stopped growing new leaves and the leaf tips had started to brown a bit. I believe I had watered a little too much ...
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Should ProMix potting soil absorb water slowly?

I used to use Miracle Gro potting mix and it always absorbed water quickly and passed it through the pot. I recently purchased ProMix potting soil to grow some vegetables and I'd like to figure out if ...
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How to add elemental sulfur to garden for blueberries

I have soil in my garden that the pH is 7.0 and need to lower the pH. If I add elemental sulfur to the soil (I already know the proper rate per square feet). Do I just apply the proper sulfur amount ...
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Will concrete and clay pavers between raised beds leech any harmful chemicals into vegetables?

I have four 4 ft. x 4 ft. raised beds with a 3 ft. path between them forming a +. The raised beds are made from 2x8 untreated pine boards. The layout looks like this... ____ ____ | | | | ‾‾‾‾ ...
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How should I improve boggy soil where a pond used to be?

I have just filled in a large pond.I Drained the pond and removed the liner. I used bricks and stones to line the bottom and the bought 4 tons of top soil and a ton of soil improver and rotted horse ...
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What should I consider when putting raised garden beds on concrete?

I have a bunch of raised garden bed frames, and I'm considering putting them on a slab of concrete that I have in my back yard. I wanted to avoid putting them on the grass, as when I've done this ...
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What are the effects of planting potatoes as a 'cover crop' in newly forming soil as a pile of decaying wood chips?

Related to How do I plant potatoes that sprouted in my pantry? In a field I'm forming soil as mounds of wood chips with finished compost, muck, and soil mixed in, like small windrow planting beds. I ...
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Good thorny bush for a ditch or low area on my lot?

I have vacant lot in Sandy Central Florida I want to clear and do some land grading on. My plan is elevate the center back by digging some slopped graded ditches. I'm looking for plants and trees ...

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