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How to revive an old garden bed?

My wife and I just bought our house this winter, one of the things that we liked so much about it was the 3 large garden beds. 20x17 each. I've always lived in apartments growing up and have no clue ...
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How does the T budding grafting method provide contact between the cambium layers?

In a T budding technique of grafting fruit trees, how does the cambium layer of the bud come into contact with the cambium layer of the rootstock? How does this great method have such a high success ...
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What is the best grafting knife?

Help me choose the best grafting knife, right know i have the draper 76777 (the first photo) but it is a single edged knife. I am between those grafting knives in the photos, if you recommend ...
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How should I plant snowdrops along a long driveway?

Our drive is getting on for 100m long, bordering a wooded stream. We would like to line it with snowdrops but I'm worried this is a colossal task as some sources claim I need 100+ bulbs per square ...
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How can large Sassafras trees be dug and transplanted?

We have a client who would like to plant a number of large-ish (5"+ caliper) sassafras trees on his property on eastern Long Island, NY. Planting small container trees and waiting for them to grow in ...
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How to make a plastic bottle sun resistant for DIY watering irrigation

I want to accomplish this DIY water technique for my pomegranate trees. https://youtu.be/mEV65WTyxkU I want to make those plastic bottles resistant to the sun as there is a lot of sun over here (35 - ...
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How should I prune a large indoor avocado plant?

I have an avocado plant indoors that is seven feet tall, and that has never been pruned. The top two feet which have most of the growth are now bending over. The ceiling is at nine feet, and the plant ...
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What is a good method for planting Ball and Burlap trees?

This is when the tree is dug (usually using a tree spade), and the root ball is wrapped in burlap for short term storage. It can be in a wire basket, usually if the ball is large. The burlap is ...
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How can I grow an in-ground 'bonsai' oak tree?

My question is a bit different because I'm leaving the oak tree in the ground where it started growing about 5 or so years ago. I've been trying to keep it cut back each year to try to make it into ...
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Should dead-looking sections be removed from bulbs before planting?

For Christmas, my daughter gave me some tulip, hyacinth and daffodil bulbs. Since they've been sitting around for quite some time in the local department store, they're in varying states and ...
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Will foliar sprays affect bioavailability of nutrients in soil and vice versa?

Calcium nitrate is a nitrogen fertilizer that can also be used to give plants calcium. I've read that you shouldn't combine calcium nitrate with sulfates and certain kinds of phosphorus (I believe ...
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How can I save an insect-damaged Gardenia?

It is a Gardenia. Insects infested the soil so I added diatomaceous earth to it, but maybe I was too late. The plant continued dying, so I pulled it out and set it in a bath filled with water to which ...
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How should I flatten my uneven back yard in Toronto?

I need to regrade my backyard. Currently I have a good green layer of grass and other small unwanted :-) plants covering my backyard. The previous owner dug a patio and I suspect that they spread the ...
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How do I roto-till without leaving a trench?

I have a 4' (1.2m) three point tractor roto-tiller which I've been using to prepare garden areas this year. I noticed that the tiller always moves soil backwards, and when at the end of the section it ...
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Should I overseed this overgrown lawn?

Today I raked my lawn. My intention was to clear some of the Leylandii debris and brambles, but to my surprise almost all of the 'grass' came away, leaving more or less bare soil. Since it's quite ...
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How do I safely eradicate mold without hurting cactus seedlings?

Here are some of my seedlings, sown a little bit less than a month ago. As you can see, there's mold starting to form. I am using the baggie method whereby the pot with the seeds is enclosed in a ...
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What is the proper way to prune a pear tree?

I have a pear tree which I planted about ten years ago. It has done relatively well. It produces fruit on a yearly basis (I don't know if I'd call them exactly edible, but it does produce). The tree ...
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How does the “Ketchup 'n' Fries” plant produce both tomatoes and potatoes? Is it safe?

A recent article has left me quite amazed at the possibility of producing tomatoes and potatoes from the same plant. The article describes a technique called "grafting". How does it work, and are ...
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My long stemmed rose is growing new leaves

I had a long stemmed rose in a bouquet of flowers. The head had died so I went to discard the stem, only to notice new leaves were shooting out of it in 3 different places. I left the stem in the vase ...
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Should I let my basil leaves age?

Is it okay to let the basil leaves "age"? Like the leaves at the lower part of the stem. I pinch back my basil plant at the top, so the leaves at the bottom doesn't get touched and grow larger. I have ...
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Can I measure chemical elements in soil myself?

What sort of equipment would one need to ensure that plant soil contains the right concentration of the 13 mineral nutrients necessary for plant growth? Specifically, can this be measured in real-time ...
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Am I pruning my pepper plants optimally?

I usually prune my pepper plants at the start of winter, just above the second set of nodes. I have been doing this for about eight years now and I'm interested to see if there is a better or more ...
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What is an accurate method to measure the C:N ratio of Bokashi pickled/composted kitchen waste?

In a container gardening situation without soil to bury Bokashi pickled/composted kitchen waste, it seems viable to add to a tumble composter. What is an accurate method to compute C:N of Bokashi? ...
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How do you convert a mixed fescue field to a native warm-season grass meadow?

How do you convert a mixed fescue field to a native warm-season grass meadow? I'm actually looking for information on a few of options: Anything goes option. Minimal soil disturbance option. Minimal ...
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How should I prune a common fig for best productivity?

Figs have a unique fruiting cycle, fruiting on old wood first, all at once, then on new wood for the rest of the season. What's the best pruning system for these, to maximize production? Is it best ...
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Is it possible to turn a tumbler compost too frequently?

Related: How often do you need to turn the compost heap? I have a tumbler composter. When I put my food scraps in it - roughly once a day - I also put in a handful of leaves that I have saved from ...
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What equipment do I need to transplant a 20' tall pin oak?

I knew a guy who moved 7 or 8 large (for moving) 20-35' pin oaks. He used a backhoe, digging out around the rootball, while leaving it intact. While this was successful, and the trees did very well, ...
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What should I do with my horrible plastic-rocks-and-weeds front yard?

The front yard of my northern New Mexico house (zone 7a) is horrible. It consists of rocks and dirt with Tribulus Terrestris weeds growing in the dirt and between the rocks. Below that is a layer of ...
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What's a good way to protect fig trees overwinter?

A friend of mine has a fig plant growing in the ground in Lancaster, PA, USDA hardiness zone 6b, and it needs protection each year through the winter, to prevent burn. What he does for now is wrap the ...
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How long after full coloring do I harvest grapes?

I always harvested our juice grapes (concord) soon after full coloring, but I recently met someone who leaves theirs on until they begin to soften, many weeks later. Is there a certain time to ...
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How does one harvest aloe vera leaves?

I grow a few large Aloe vera plants which I'm interested in harvesting regularly during the summer months. What percentage of the foliage should be removed at each harvest for highest production? How ...
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How long should I dry fresh seeds from solanaceae, cucurbitaceae and other families, before storing?

I'm collecting a bunch of wet seeds (tomatoes, tomatillos, zucchini, peppers, cantaloupe, cucumber, winter squash, etc.) I'm drying them out for storage. I have to dry them indoors, with only a ...
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How can I save seeds from strawberries?

I'm interested in knowing how to save the seeds of the common strawberry, Fragaria × ananassa. At which point in the ripening of the fruit are strawberry seeds ready to be harvested, and how are they ...
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How do I save lilac seeds?

I know it's possible, because that's how people come out with new hybrids, but how does one go about saving the seeds of a lilac? Specifically, I have the straight species of Syringa vulgaris, and ...
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Can I save the seeds of Maiden Grass?

I have some Miscanthus sinensis 'Gracillimus' growing, and I've always propagated it by division. I'm interested to start some from seed, as this will produce a large, uniform crop, even if it takes ...
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What is the term for this pruning technique that causes stubby, clublike branches?

These Platanus × acerifolia trees (London Planetree) were pruned to have this short, stubby branch structure. What is this called, and how is is done?
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Can I graft a branch of a sweet orange onto a sour orange tree to get sweet fruit?

I have two old citrus trees, one bears sweet navel-type oranges and the other has hundreds of impossibly sour, tiny oranges. Would it be possible to chop off a branch from the sweet tree and attach ...
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Will rhizomes that have been in the fridge still grow?

I have some galangal, ginger and turmeric that have been sitting in the fridge. Is it still possible to get them to grow, and if so, how? Update: I tried ginger, tumeric and galangal. Initially I ...
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Is it possible to recycle a Jack-o'-lantern into compost?

Since pumpkins are organic material, I'm assuming it would be okay to add them to a composting pile. Is there any reason as to why pumpkins shouldn't be composted?
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How can I check quality of sprinkler blowouts?

We just had our sprinklers blown out, and are starting to suspect the quality of the work we got. Within 5 minutes of discovering that we had a blowout scheduled, our fee was charged and the guy left....
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What happens when a chainsaw chain meets a nail or piece of steel wire when cutting through wood?

Assuming any of the following: there's an unnoticed steel nail in a log used in some structure or there's an unnoticed steel nail in a tree body (often happens when people attach illegal ads to trees)...
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How much water should I give a mung bean each day?

I have a mung bean plant I'm growing in my home that's about 10 centimeters tall now. How much water should I be giving the plant each day in order for it to grow? I would like to know the amount in ...
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Can you coppice a pear tree?

I've heard of coppicing apple trees, but if you coppice a pear tree, will it grow back (and does the variety matter)? This is with regard to standard-sized pear trees (without a different rootstock). ...
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In graft hybridisation does a younger stock facilitate more extensive hybrid effects in the scion?

There are anecdotes and articles where one kind of tree fruit scion has been grafted to the stock of another kind, perhaps with an interstock, and properties like flavour and shape have been affected (...
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How to acclimate a store bought plant to a home-outdoors?

I recently bought chives from a fruit and vegetables store that had them imported from somewhere in Europe. It wasn't exposed to sunlight at the place. I brought it home, cleaned it up, repotted into ...
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How do I shape a Cryptomeria bonsai into the chokkan style?

How do you prune/pinch/wire a Cryptomeria japonica to shape it into the formal upright "chokkan" style, like this or this? Whenever I've tried this with other evergreen species, I've never been able ...
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When should I first use fertilizer on new plants?

In general, when is the right time to feed new edible plants fertilizer that you've planted from seed? After they've sprouted a bit?
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When should I harvest my carrots?

I live in central Ohio, zone 6a. Last year I harvested my carrots right after Labor Day (first Monday of September) and they were pretty nice. I've been picking them as needed this year, but I'm ...
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How should I care for a new Mimosa tree growing out of an old Mimosa stump?

We lost an old Mimosa to borers and it fell over in a wind storm. This spring it started a new growth out of the cut stump.It looks healthy but is growing RAPIDLY and it does not have much space. We ...
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What are the pros/cons of different mulches?

I know there will be differing opinions on this subject, from different people. I, for one, have always used bark mulch, and can attest to the fact that when used properly, it will build soil and grow ...