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Building a raised garden from old garden furniture

I have an old outdoor garden bench that I bought from Ikea and I am considering converting into a raised garden bed. We once painted this garden bench many years back. So my concern here is that ...
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Plant ID Needed - making my dog sick!

Does anyone know what kind of plant this is in the photos? My dog keeps eating the leaves, and it makes him sick.
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What type of mycelium do I want to integrate into my soil to take up mercury from the lake front aquaponic garden? [closed]

There's a mercury in the water near me. What type of mycelium can I use to treat the problem to get it out of the water? I plan to use the grass that grows in a bioreactor, then put the liquid ...
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Community treatment of wild parsnip - your recommendations

Each summer in those parts of the world where wild parsnip goes to seed there are various small efforts to control the spread of this plant. The media have a field day, of course, "deadly", "toxic", "...
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Do toxic mushrooms that grow near a plant affect its edible / poisonous traits?

Some facts: I have some Basil growing in a pot, for the past 7-8 months, with some Thyme right next to it. Last week some mushrooms grew on the soil in-between them and under the Basil. What I know: ...
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Are poinsettia poisonous?

I often see warnings about this common Christmas plant being poisonous to people and pets but have never seen any definitive evidence. Of course toxicity is all in the dosage and concentration so my ...
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Are my bananas safe to eat after being flooded by Harvey?

I have banana plants in my back yard, one of which has produced a nice heart. The bananas should be ripe in a month or so. My house and yard were flooded by Harvey. The category 3 floodwater that ...
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How long does Copper sulfate pentahydrate persist in the soil, after application?

In particular, I am interested in it's effects after it has been applied and the roots affected have been largely removed. Does it break down over time, and if so what is the time frame? What will ...
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Is wood ash from black locust harmful to plants?

Black walnut has juglone in it, which can be harmful to other plants. I've read claims that you shouldn't use black walnut for wood ash in your garden because of this, although I'm not sure if that's ...
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What is this New Zealand weed? Plants grow to about 50cm-1m tall and have long leaves

Can anyone identify this weed - I'd imagine its quite common in New Zealand. (I'm in Auckland, and its flooding my untended padocks, but also flowing over into used areas). It proved remarkably ...
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Can Spinetoram be used to control cherry tree slugs without harming nearby bees and fruit?

I'm looking to control cherry tree slug in an orchard and have found a Spinetoram based product to be effective. In terms of toxicity, there's limited information out there. In particular, I'm ...
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Does juglone affect crop yields?

Since black walnut trees affect the plants growing around them, do the yields of more tolerant plants have yields affected by the toxin to produce less?
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What are the disadvantages of using wood mulch as a cover?

I see more and more wood mulch along the roads, around houses, etc. At first thought it seemed a good thing to me, because it allows lots of life to grow around, while not releasing a lot of CO2 into ...
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Will paint thinner poured in the soil kill my tree?

The contractor at my neighbors house was washing out his brushes with turpentine or paint thinner and dumping the liquid right next to my tree. Is my tree going to die? What can I do to help it ...
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What is 'Allelopathy'?

When dealing with cover crops, green manures, and in other things I see the term 'Allelopathy', especially regarding replanting an area. What does this term mean?
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Will rusty nails in garden harm plants or people who eat the plants? [duplicate]

Other than the risk of injury and tetanus, will the hundreds of rusty nails inexplicably found in sections of my garden harm the plants that grow there or the people who eat said plants? They are so ...
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Can the castor oil plant (Ricinus communis) build up toxicity in my soils?

I am doing some experimentation with Ricinus communis, which I know contains the toxin Ricin. Through my own experience and research I am not concerned with interacting with the plant or touching it. ...
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Are garden gnomes and similar decorations safe to install indoors?

I think of buying a garden decoration similar to a garden gnome - a ceramic hollow figure of a bird - sold at a gardening store and meant for installing in a garden. I want to install it indoors. My ...
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Would a forsythia at edge of kitchen garden cause problems?

We have a rather small garden and would like to start growing some vegetables and herbs. We already reserved a part of our garden for this, but at the edge of this part there currently is a forsythia ...