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

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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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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 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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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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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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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 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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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 do I work with soil that has a high clay content?

The clay content in my garden soil is rather high. Tilling it is a royal pain, especially if there is even the slightest hint of moisture in the soil. It just turns into big sticky clumps instead of ...
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How can I correct a nutrient excess in soil?

The soil sample I took last fall from my vegetable garden came back from the lab with this result: Optimum Range Calcium, Mehlich 3 (Ca) 2063 (...
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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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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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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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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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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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White/Yellow Mold or Crust

Walked out to my newly built small plot this morning and saw this white and yellow on my dirt. There is cardboard about 3 inches below this miracle grow vegetable soil and below that clay dirt, so ...
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Excess Zinc in garden soil

I had the soil in one of my garden beds tested for a wide spectrum of minerals. This bed was originally filled with bought topsoil and mushroom compost, then it was cultivated with parsnips and ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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What are these white dots in the soil?

Got some soil from a friend, the soil used to be grow a indoor plant but it died. After bringing it back home, I dug around a bit, and found all these white dots thing in the soil that almost look ...
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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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Do legumes provide nitrogen to their companions?

It's common knowledge that legumes (clover, beans, etc) can (with the help of Rhizobium bacteria) fix nitrogen from the air and hold it in the soil. Much is made of this fact -- advice that we should ...
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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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Requirements for successful Blueberry bush planting

We tried planting Blueberries last year, and went 0 for 3. We tried to follow the instructions: Planted in a mix of 50/50 mulch and organic gardening soil Watered infrequently but heavily (1/week, ...
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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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Screened topsoil vs 50/50 compost soil vs peat loam for new sod

I dug out all the dead grasses from my backyard after the patio was installed. It leaves about 700 sq ft for new sod. Because of the slope of my backyard I also would like to raise the lawn by a ...
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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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Is charcoal good for use as a soil amendment?

I came across an article the other day on wikipedia about Terra preta. Has anyone used charcoal like this to enhance sandy soil, like we have in Florida? Does this really work, and what is the best ...
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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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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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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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What evergreens will tolerate alkaline clay soil in USDA zone 4?

Although the area where I live is famed for it's white pine they grow in sandy soils. My garden has a thin skim of topsoil over six feet of compact alkaline (ph 7) clay. My dwarf white pine is doing ...
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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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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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Should I dig through roots when removing a mound from around a tree?

I am a first time home owner, and didn't know that a mound around a tree was bad. A 2' deep, 10' wide mound had been put around the tree a few years before I bought the house. I want to remove the ...
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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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is perlite dust toxic or is it safe for humans to breath

I'm growing avocado seeds and I'm wondering as there is so many confusing info out there in regards to perlite. I would like to use it in my pots but I'm not sure if it is toxic or not. can I keep ...
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How do I prevent my soil from compacting?

I have several raised beds for vegetables and I don't walk on them but they still compact over time from watering. What can I add to the soil to keep it from compacting?
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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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How can I trick plants into thinking there's more space in the pot so they grow larger?

I think I read somewhere about rearranging plant's roots in certain ways within the soil inside a pot to make it think it's growing in a larger space, and as a result let it grow bigger, as if it was ...
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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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Wood ash + forest soil or leaf compost + legumes. Is this the perfect soil?

I am wondering if you can get all the necessary nutrients a plant needs my mixing wood ash with forest soil or leaf compost and growing legumes on top of it (and on top of that your actual plant you ...

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