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Questions tagged [urban-gardening]

For questions about gardening in cities.

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Can someone identify this vine? It is growing up and wrapped around the canopy of a tree

It is about the size of my wrist.enter image description here
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Can someone identify this vine for me which seems to be wrapping tightly around many trees?

There are many similar to this vine in a city park in NYC. They seem to be wrapping themselves tightly around many trees.
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Fresh cowdung and baggase in lasagna gardening

I am an apartment balcony gardener. I have access to a lot of fresh cowdung and baggase. However, I have no place to dry it or let it mature properly. I could dry it in my little balcony but the smell ...
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Beetle infection

Having the infestation of the beetle above in the gardening pots. The grub of the beetle is causing trouble to the young plants and the soil loses water retention due to the pupa stage which forms ...
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setting up raised garden beds for spring. what is best mix but affordable?

So I have raised garden beds (not touching the ground) and other garden beds that WILL touch the ground. what is the best mix for BOTH of these beds? most beds will be 3ft x 2ft to 5ft x 3ft I have ...
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Plastic sheet for greenhouse

I'm trying to build a DIY greenhouse and have a question about the plastic sheeting. I see that no one is using clear plastic - it's almost always translucent. Is that on purpose or just that the ...
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Is there a problem with my Japanese Maple shrub?

We live in Vienna, Austria, very near the Danube. We planted this Japanese Maple in the first year after moving in the spring of 2013. It has been slow but steady growing, improving a bit every year. ...
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What is this seedpod?

While walking in a public garden in the UK Midlands, I came across some pretty, tulip-like foliage (but larger than that of most tulips). From the center there were some dried flower-stalks, with ...
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Is it possible to design a garden that is free from insects and pests?

I live in the tropics and love plants, esp. those that have air-purifying qualities and those that are edible. However, I have a fear of insects. My home right now has been free of ants, mosquitoes, ...
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Can anyone identify this flower?

I had planted a pack of very-generically named "Wildflower" Seeds a few months ago, and these sprouted. I have never seen anything like them. The stems are very thick, the mauve colored flowers are ...
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How to save a dying dusty miller?

This is my plant and is dying. Although I tried a lot to make it survive its health status depleted with time. Now some of its leaves are still active while rest died (approx 20 percent alive). This ...
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Do I mulch now or later?

I have already planted, or scattered the seeds, for what I plan to do this year. (Unless the other half has more ideas, that is.) The soil was turned, but not treated in any manner. One bed has ...
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Is there a way to avoid the recurring cost of microbes when composting at home?

I am planning to start a terrace garden and to generate compost for it. I found two sellers Seller1 and Seller2 in my city. Seller1 has "patented microbes" and Seller2 has microbes, saw dust, dry ...
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Is my choice for edible perennials for balcony good?

I'm looking to expand my balcony garden. I don't want to go through the trouble of getting new plants every spring so I am looking at cold hardy (-16°C is about the coldest I've seen here this winter) ...
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Moldy soil, moldy starters, help!

I recently moved to Bombay (Mumbai, India) and the weather is forgiving her so I thought why not! I bought all the organic stuff I could find and made a potting mix- manure + red soil, vermicompost, ...
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Is it ok to have a raised garden bed next to a house?

I built this raised planter and placed it next to my house. There is around an inch and a half space between the wall and the siding of the box. Pictures are shown below. Is there any reason why this ...
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What's a good variety of decorative grass for indoors and balcony?

I'm looking for the right variety of grass which would thrive in a pot in a well lit living room and in an open balcony. Two different types, one indoor and one outdoor will be fine, too. My main ...
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What pest is this and how do I treat it?

This pest appeared on the squash plants yesterday. What is it? How do I treat it? Zone 6 near Boston, Massachusetts.
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Will pooping in a flowerpot before planting ivy help it grow?

I have heard poop can actually be really good fertilizer. Truth be told, in my county, the solid waste division takes figure remains and uses it as fertilizer that is sold for planting. With this in ...
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Planting a flower plant under a huge mango tree

I have got this flower tree that i found near a pond. Dunno what it is bit its beautiful, so i have decided to get a small one and plant it in my garden. But i have about 6 mango trees in an area of ...
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How can I stop water dripping from my balcony hangers to the downstairs neighbors railing?

I have 3 balcony planters 30 in. long that hang on my railing. When I water the plants, it drips to downstairs apartments patio railing. How can I stop this? Should I be concerned?
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Need help on basics for growing herbs and vegetables in pots

I haven't bought the pots as yet, but I wanted to know how should I plant oregano, basil, parsley, mint, (maybe some other herbs) and cherry tomato, chili peppers and garlic. Should I have a small ...
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First time gardener using a small raised planter - how to plant seeds?

I'm brand new to gardening and just got one of these to put on my deck and try to grow some vegetables for the spring and summer. The bed is roughly 30 inches x 20 inches, so it is pretty small. Also, ...
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How hazardous is Melianthus (honey bush)?

Is Melianthus actually too poisonous to keep in a home garden? I see it all over the place, and I understand that it should not be eaten, but is touching the plant hazardous as well? Rationale: I ...
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Where can I find a crop calendar for Arizona

I'm starting a community garden but so far all the crop calendars I've been able to find don't seem to have Arizona weather in mind. Anyone know where I can find a local crop calendar?
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Can I build a soil-based garden on a concrete balcony?

I have a fairly small balcony that I don't use, but my apartment has no garden. Would it be possible to cover the balcony in a tarp and then add some soil, moss, plants, etc? It's a solid ...
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What to do with the plant/tree growing right from the wall of my and neighbour's balcony?

There is this plant growing right out from the wall of my and my neighbor's balcony (1st floor). Is this plant bad for the building/wall/balcony? Should I let it grow? Should I cut it? But if I ...
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Weed identification - urban Minnesota

I'm interested in identifying this weed so as to find a method of controlling it. This weed grows in the same location each year.
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Drainage in planter boxes

I have to build some 6' x 2' planter boxes, I'm not sure what's going to be planted in them; probably "garden-y" stuff like oregano, basil, etc. I know how to build things but I know nothing about ...
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Unidentified bright-green long-leaf plant? TX

This was outside just noticed it growing. Long waxy leaves, bright green, and seems to come from a very solid base. It's growing really close to a tree in a cluster of 4.
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Designing a west facing London garden from scratch. Help! [closed]

I moved into a house last year and have finally got around to thinking about the garden. What I have: I have a west facing garden in London that is currently completely paved. I have full width ...
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Flower stem planting

SO, I was able to get the pictured flower off the parent plant and wondering if this stem is good enough for planting.
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What climbing plant can I grow on my balcony that's not poisonous to cats?

I have a west-oriented balcony where I would like to grow a climbing plant, to separate my balcony from the neighborhood. However, I found that most of the climbing plants like ivy are poisonous or ...
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Plants that can be grown in USDA zone 8a

I live in a condo complex in zone 8a, and I can have potted plants on a patio area. What I'm planning on growing: Tomatoes, Peppers What I'd like to grow as well: peas, green beans, strawberries. ...
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Beautiful plants for covering balcony grill to prevent noise and pollution entering home

I live in Mumbai (India), our flat has an east facing balcony (roof covered) of around 15-20 ft (5-6 m) which receives direct sunlight for 3-4 hours in the morning. I have few plants (Roses, Aloe ...
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What vegetables could be planted in a limited balcony space in a subtropical environment?

I am looking to develop and maintain a small vegetable plot on my unit's balcony, the space available is approximately 2m x 1m (6ft x 3ft). Conditions: Subtropical coastal mining-port town in ...
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Balcony composting - suggestions for trapped rainwater

I have an apartment with a balcony - the flooring of the balcony is a lot of wood boards. My compost bin is a big plastic recycling bin which I have perforated with an awl and rubber hammer on the ...
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How should I transplant cotoneaster offshoots?

We have offshoots from a former cotoneaster bush that are growing very well. Whenever we try transplanting an offshoot, they don't seem to thrive. What can we do to help them thrive?
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How do I manage roots in a multi-plant planter?

I have a plastic, rectangular planter with a variety of plants. I recently added a new plant to an empty spot, and found that the region was already thick with root fibers from the other plants in the ...
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Zone 4b: When should I start planting vegetable garden seedlings?

When should I start planting seedlings for the vegetable garden that we're going to start this year? As the question says, I live in zone 4b and we're planning on zone specific vegetables & ...
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What are my options for renting small amounts of land for outdoor gardening in an urban setting?

I live in a small apartment with small balconies. If I'm going to grow some veggies, I need more space! I tried my local community garden, but it has a 3 year waiting list.. Are there any other ...
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What herbs/vegetables/greens can be grown in a balcony garden with limited sunlight?

Growing up in a house with a yard, we had a pretty decent sized garden with fruits, vegetables, and herbs galore. Since moving to "the city", I haven't had a yard, and I miss being able to grow things ...
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How do I set up a vertical garden in my backyard?

If you've seen the youtube video Will Allen's Growing Power organization, then you probably wish you had something like this in your backyard, whereby you could make the most use of vertical space. ...
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What vegetables can be grown effectively in a small, urban garden?

I currently live in a condo with a limited sized balcony. Which vegetables work out best for a small garden?