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Questions tagged [vegetables]

Any edible plant or part of a plant

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What exactly term 'companion plants' means?

I would like to find out what exactly means that two or more plants (more specifically vegetables) are good companions and could/should be planted together? Does that mean plants just tolerate each ...
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Flying insects enjoying broccoli flowers [migrated]

Do you recognize these flying insects that seem to enjoy broccoli flowers? I have several almond trees around, and bees are busy these days but I'm not sure these particular insects are of any ...
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What are the most essential things to include in a gardening journal?

I am making a web application where people can create journals about their vegetable garden or flower garden. The information that these journals include can then be used by others who live nearby (it ...
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Are cherries from the market irradiated?

I bought some sweet cherries in season last summer and decided to see if I could germinate some for planting. I "de-nutted" maybe 20+ of them and placed them in damp paper towels in the refrigerator ...
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How to create an indoor gardening?

I'm looking to build an indoor garden to grow lettuce, basil, maybe tomatoes etc.. I have numerous questions : Are smart gardens a viable options ? (In terms of electricity cost and harvest ...
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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 is the shelf life of vegetable seeds?

I bought a packet of vegetable seeds from Costco a few years back. I still have seeds left in individual packages. Is there a life to these seeds after which it is not recommended for use? What is ...
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Why are my tomato plant leaves turning brown, shriveling, dying?

This has been progressive over the last 6 weeks, leaves turning dry, brown and getting very thin and shriveling like paper on a Tomato "Blue Berries" cherry tomato plant. The closest I could guess ...
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How can I have lettuce growing year-round?

I've got this lettuce, similar to the red leaf, ruffly variety. It seems to grow only during summer and autumn. I can't coax it into sprouting from the seeds I harvest at any other time of year, which ...
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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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Which kitchen and garden scraps can be scattered on a vegetable garden soil?

I'm trying to make the switch to adding natural instead of synthetic fertilizer to my vegetable garden (and stop tilling while I'm at it). Besides compost, I'm curious whether I could use some kitchen ...
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Starting Coccinia grandis from ripe fruit

I have, at last, laid my hands on a few Coccinia grandis fruits that have ripen on the vine itself. See the attached image: I would love to grow the plant from these seeds. Is it possible, at all? ...
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Why do my Cherry tomatoes split as they ripen? [duplicate]

It doesn't matter what I do, my Cherry tomatoes always seem to have many of them crack when/as they ripen. I have tried everything - more sun, less sun, more water, less water, different varieties etc....
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Okra will not produce pods

I am attempting to grow okra around Portland, Oregon area, USDA hardiness zone 8b. I am growing them in a makeshift greenhouse make of some clear plastic tarp over a raised garden bed. This was ...
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What kind of gourd is this?

My neighbor is growing this vegetable and forgot what kind of gourd it is. Is it a bottle gourd or a type of butternut squash? And here's the flower:
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How to extract nutrients from soil?

I'm new to DIY farming and have invested in a vertical farming unit. I love the efficiency and effectiveness of these systems in providing nutrients, oxygen and water to the roots of plants in a small ...
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Name this plant [closed]

This was in a restaurant's kitchen garden on Whidbey Island, Washington. Can anyone tell me the common name for it?
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What plants are these?

I threw a bunch of seeds and fruits over the year to my backyard and now two plants showing up: I am just curious if they are anything valuable before I pull them. I am in Pacific Northwest. Thanks.
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small cucumbers shrivelling, turning yellow and dying

They are an all female variety, regularly watered, in a greenhouse with plenty of light. Door and window open every day. Started with lots of small cucumbers and only 3 have fully developed, the rest ...
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What is wrong with my jalapeño?

My jalapeño plant has been doing great so far, with no problems. It’s even growing two jalapeños. However, I’ve noticed recently on some of the newer flowers that after the flowers bloom, the stem ...
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Why do I have brown “jelly” and rotten smell inside my healthy looking tomatoes?

I have about 30 tomato plants of several varieties, all hybrid except for one heirloom. Every single tomato plant is having the same issue but my peppers, eggplant, green beans, and cucumbers are fine ...
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Chrysanthimum-based pesticide killed my young plants

Recently, a pesticide that I used to treat a number of my young plants killed everything I applied it to. I applied it in accordance with the directions, and the brand is well-reviewed on Amazon, but ...
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Can you tell me what is wrong with these tomato plants

They have been producing very well and I have had probably 8 or so Tomatoes already and they are still blooming and still making Tomatoes but they look like crap! I live in Missouri and it has been ...
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How can I get rid of weeds in my garden?

Obviously it is my first time gardening and I have weeds taller than my tomato, pepper, basil and mint plants. Is there any chemical I can use without hurting my plants or any solution? Also it has ...
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How do I inoculate plants with garden giant when not disturbing the soil?

I'm wanting to hook my plants into Garden Giant spawn, but not disturb the soil. How can I best, and quickly put the spawn into the plants while not harming the plants? Is it reasonable to put a ...
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Are there online stores that specialize in selling plants in pots that bear fruit? [closed]

I live in the Caribbean, and I have 400 square feet of outdoor space where I can put all types of pots (it's concrete). So lately I've been interested in growing some potted plants that bear fruit or ...
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Does King Stropharia work well with most types of plants?

I'm getting some King Stropharia in the mail, and was wondering if they'll work well for experimenting in my community garden plot with all the vegitables I'm growing.
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Cucumber plant turning yellow and babies dying

I live in Los Angeles and am growing cucumbers in a container. My cukes were going like gangbusters until about a week ago, had probably 10 little baby cukes growing, and then my leaves started ...
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I am confused about miracle grow

I have use Miracle Grow for years. I am hearing nowadays that Miracle Grow might be is harmful. I plant in ground. I have a garden 60 feet by 90 feet. I have grown lovely tomatoes and other items. ...
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How to deal with vegetables after heavy rain/hail?

Tonight we had really bad weather (Bosnia and Herzegovina) - strong wind, extra heavy rain (and some hail). Rain and wind were so strong that even plants under shading net are now laying on the ground ...
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Watermelon plants not growing

I live in zone 3/4, I planted some Sugar Baby watermelons this year (first time!). I started them in my greenhouse and moved them outside around the time of the last frost since it was really warm out ...
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Do wireworms eat germinated seeds?

My garden seeds did not come up this year and in the past I had problems with wireworms. Would wire worms or sow bugs destroy germinated seeds that did not come up through the soil? None of the ...
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How to use fresh goat manure for growing vegetables?

I have few bags of fresh goat manure I'd like to use to feed my vegetables in raised beds and in ground, but I was warned not to use it fresh i.e. directly on plants. Searching on similar questions ...
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Pot size - small & repot, or start large?

I have a few different houseplants. I'm also currently starting a few different vegetables, from seedlings and from seeds. I've been trying to research the best way to grow all of these in containers, ...
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Do I need to / How can I separate vegetables grown closely together?

I bought some young vegetables (maybe 5 inches tall), and some of them were grown in tight bunches of four; mainly the okra and beans. They came in small containers with a diameter of about 3 inches. ...
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What should I cover the ground in my garden with?

I have not covered my garden all winter, did not know I was suppose to until now. I am ready to plant my garden but want to know best way to prepare the soil and should I cover garden with bark? I am ...
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Which plant can co-exist with the other plant?

I have picked up the following list of plants and have only 4 decent size pots. Which plants can be grown together in the same pot? pepper tomato super fantastic tomato sweet 100 basil oregano thumb ...
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What is best to use for mulch in a garden?

I bought some natural cypress mulch for my tomatoes and then I was told not to use it because it would steal nitrogen. What is the best mulch and is there one that you can till in after the garden is ...
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Which vegetables under a walnut

On some pasts questions on this site, I discovered that walnuts release Juglone, which is nasty for the growth of many plants. I had/have a part of the vegetable garden partly under a Juglans regia, ...
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What kind of infestation and/or fungus do I have in my vegetable garden?

I have a raised vegetable garden and planted a number of vegetables about a month ago (they were in 3 or 4-inch pots, ready to be transplanted - i.e. not from seeds). In the past week or two, I've ...
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Planting vegetables in ground vs pots in greenhouse

What makes the most sense for growing vegetables (tomatoes/peppers/squash/etc) in a new, small 6ftx9ft greenhouse in a hardiness zone of 6? Removing the grass inside and then... Planting plants at ...
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What can I grow in plastic bottles that provides food and is sustainable?

I buy bottled water and recently I've started hoarding all the empty bottles because I'd like to find something to grow in them. I have access to soil so I'd like some ideas for what I can grow in ...
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I planted a vegetable but can't remember what it is

I planted a vegetable about a month ago, but I can't remember which veggie it is. Would anyone be able to help me guess the mystery plant? I thought it was either garlic or ginger, but I don't see ...
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Greenhouse positioning

When building a greenhouse, we can all reckon that it should get as much light as possible (with proper heat ventilation). BUT, let's talk about when a greenhouse must be built near shade. Consider a ...
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Should I cut concrete panel into strips, and rings with hooks, or leave it in long strips?

I've decided to build all of my trellises out of concrete panel, and was wondering if I should cut it into strips, and make easy to handle panels, and rings that hook together (at the support posts), ...
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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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Growing vegetables in seedling soil

I am growing some plants on my balcony. I have bought some soil that is marketed as suitable for seedlings and herbs. I have some lettuce and tomato seedlings germinating in this soil. Soon I will ...
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When to repot vegetables into normal earth?

A month ago, I sowed some tomatoes, paprika and kohlrabies into nutrient poor sowing earth. They are growing nicely, but I am wondering, when it is time to repot them into normal (nutrient rich, pre-...
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Starting on a Grassy lawn in time for Spring?

im in zone 6a and I just recently moved into a home with a fenced in backyard. It has a large-ish raised bed...but i'd actually like to do an in-ground garden this year since i've never had the chance ...
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Tanalised beds dilemma

I want to grow vegetables in my garden in beds because the soil is clay and I feel that’s the best option. Wooden beds seems the best way to go as recycled plastic seems awfully expensive. There ...