Questions tagged [soil]

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

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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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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 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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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Can you substitute Turface for Vermiculite?

I had a recipe for some seedling potting soil that called for vermiculite. I didn't have vermiculite. I did have Turface, so I used it instead of the vermiculite. I figure since Turface & ...
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Does sphagnum peat need to be sterilized for starting seeds?

I have been making my own seedling potting mix, but I have a few questions before I use it. (I posted a previous question about the amount of drainage needed) This question is about Sphagnum Peat. ...
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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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Heavy wet clayey soil - grit, sand or perlite?

I live in a rented house with a garden in North East of England. Last year I attempted to create a small bed for growing herbs and some vegetables but the soil appears to be very clayey and wet all ...
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What should I grow on soil which doesn't soak water to the underground?

I have a piece of land which has, I guess, large calcium content as it show white deposits in large quantities. I tried to grow various plants on it but could not succeed. The land does not absorb ...
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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 I mulch after turning in a cover crop? In a raised bed

I planted a cover cropping mix (clover mix) and recently turned it into the soil so that it can decompose in 3-6 weeks. First I cut the green parts of the cover crop into the soil and then used a hoe ...
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Hyper soil carbon accumulator for backyards

I am curious, what people could do with a small piece of land like their home backyard (say originally it is a regular lawn smaller than 20m^2, in temperate continental climate (so pretty harsh)) to ...
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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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Reusing soil with earthworms in pots?

I have several potted plants, and just today I noticed I have an infestation of small earthworms. I’ll be washing and repotting all these plants with fresh soil, but I don’t know what to do with the ...
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Level lawn to Laying plastic shed with membrane

I have ordered a shed and whole slab pavement/patio seem like a big job I ordered plastic based 8*6 shed base with membrane. Now I want to lay it, some suggest we can just lay builder’s sand as base, ...
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How to clean and find if the garden is level

I am cleaning a house previously held by my deceased mother in law and now I am onto cleaning the garden and finding if the ground is level to set up cemented slab for base of a shed I ordered. I ...
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Perlite and Vermiculite sustainability

Is perlite and vermiculite sustainable? For potting mixes, I have to use quantities of perlite and vermiculite. But I am concerned about their sustainability and how they are obtained.

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