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Anybody know what kind of chili plant this is? Is it dead or can I revive it?

I got this plant last year and it started dying. I recently brought it inside and it looks like it’s getting new leafs. Any recommendations?
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How to transform an area of pasture to a vegetable garden?

What is the best way to transform a 300 m2 area of pasture land to a vegetable garden? I do not mean lawn, but real grassland previously cut down regularly by farmers to feed animals. https://www....
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What are the easiest and fastest growing eatable plant you can grow in garden

The criteria I am looking for are : very cheap plant/seed grow very fast give fruits very fast (if the plant gives fruits) can replant from the plant itself (I don't want to buy seeds/plant ever ...
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Do white butterfly decoys work against Pieris rapae?

I've seen various articles/posts to say that decoy artificial white butterflies, such as the one I just made, are effective in preventing attack of brassicas by the white butterfly Pieris rapae. The ...
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lettuce seeds germination in Petri dishes

I dipped lettuce seeds in distilled water for 12 hours than transfer it to Petri dishes that having Whatman filter paper double folded and moisten with distilled water.After that i give 72 hours ...
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Sudden Outbreak of Yellow Leaves on Tomato (and Other) Plants

My mother was in a panic this morning. She called me over to help her with her garden because many of her tomato plants had suddenly developed yellow leaves, many of which (but not all) also have ...
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What plant is this? Maybe a bell pepper plant?

This plant grew next to my avocado shrub. It's been there for quite some time (>6 month). I recently started to grow bell pepper plants and they look a bit similar (the longer first two leafs (one ...
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How do you plant shallots?

I've bought some out of season shallot sets ( whatever a set is ) but I'm just wondering how to plant them. They appear to have cloves but the videos I've seen suggest that you plant them as a bulb ...
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How and for how long can home-grown onions be stored?

How should I prepare home-grown white or yellow onions for long-term storage? This answer says the ideal conditions for storing onion sets for re-planting and storing mature onions is the same, but ...
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What's this insect on my cauliflowers?

Found these insects all over my cauliflowers hiding under the covers I'm using to blanch the heads. I suspect it's an earwig. Solutions for control? And yes, I have a bad case of pieris rapae ... ...
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What is this dark leafy vegetable plant? What's causing holes in the leaves, and how can I help it?

I got a variety of seeds from a friend. Most were swiss chard and butter lettuce but this one is different. Also it's the only one that's getting riddled with little holes. What's eating it? What ...
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Planting potatoes between tomatoes, bad or good idea?

I spaced my potatoes about 3 feet and between each I would like to put about 3 tomatoes to save space. Will this create problems in the near future?
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Should my healthy, flower-covered eggplant be producing fruit yet?

I have one eggplant plant that I planted about 2 months ago. It is about 4 feet tall and has a large number of flowers. Should it have started to bear fruit? I live on the Gulf Coast in Texas.
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How close can dyed mulch be to a vegetable garden raised bed?

I have a raised cedar garden bed, roughly 10 inches high. In the surrounding area is black dyed mulch. If I fill the beds with good topsoil should I worry about the dyed mulch leaking into the soil? ...
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Indoor LEDs: Recommended Light Levels for Vegetables, Herbs, etc

I'm growing vegetables and herbs with LED lights inside. Where can I find a list of recommended lighting values (uMol per square foot) for a long list of plants that I might want to grow? For ...
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What's the ideal shape for a cucumber trellis/cage?

Is there an ideal or preferred shape for a trellis or cage for cucumbers? My plant is taking over my garden and I would like to get things a bit more organized. I've seen a cone type trellis where ...
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Do I need to disinfect my trellis?

If my cucumber vine had a fungal infection, do I need to disinfect my trellis before using again, and if so, how?
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What is brix, and should I care?

I've read some sites that talk about Brix levels in vegetables, and how we should aim to reach high levels in the edibles we grow. What is brix, and is it something we can inexpensively measure at ...
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What are inexpensive materials for homemade tomato cages?

After starting our tomato plants from seed this year, we have many more small plants in the ground than in the past years. We are looking to make our own inexpensive and durable cages that we could ...
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What is it called when picking the produce the farmers are not collecting?

Recently I've found an association that collects the produce the farmers are not picking and gives it to charities. Many times, the farmers are not picking the fruits or vegetables they grow because ...
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Cabbage leaves closed

A cabbage plant on my pot seems to have formed a head, however I am not able to see the head completely as the cabbage leaves have converged and closed themselves towards the head and is very much ...
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What are the ideal germination conditions for herbs and leafy greens?

I'm new to home gardening. I just bought Sustainable Seed Company's Herb Collection (Basil, Chives, Cilantro, Dill, Lavender, Oregano, Parsley, Rosemary, Sage, Thyme) and Mountain Valley Seed Company'...
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Is it safe to use vegetables which have experienced several frosts?

Most people are aware that once you've had foods out of the freezer and allowed them to thaw, you shouldn't put them back in your freezer. But what about frost hardy plants like leeks? I've just ...
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Portable soil and compost testing kit

I am growing vegetables. I need soil and compost testing kits for soil Ph, soil EC and compost nutrients test. Can anyone suggest which instruments will be good and have a reasonable price?
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Butternut Squash Cross Pollinate?

I grew some butternut this year and they turned out great but one of the vines has started producing something that doesn't look like a butternut: In hunting around the closest image I've found so ...
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Which fruits and vegetables can feature russeting?

Which other fruits and vegetables than apples, pears and potatoes can feature russeting? For example this nectarine: that stain is a scab or is a russet? To me it looks like mild scab but maybe the ...
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Advise from experienced farmers

I don't know whether I should ask this question here or not, but I could not find any stackexchange website related to agriculture, so I found this website most near to agriculture, and I think that ...
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Can you help identify the kind of squash?

My neighbor shared some of his produce and we both think it is some kind of squash but don't know the exact kind. The reason he doesn't know is, the seed packet said its pumpkin and he was thinking he'...
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Will tomatoes on the vine ripen without direct light?

We are at the end of our tomato growing season here, and of course there are scads of tomatoes left on our 3 plants - some with color, others still totally green. As a child I remember my mom picking ...
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How can I transplant wild ground cherries into garden beds?

I recently found ground cherries growing wild on my property and I want to put them in beds and harvest seeds from them. How and when should I transplant them?
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Is there a good way to seed perennial vegetables between landscape bricks?

I want to convert this: To look like this: Here's a few thing I need to know: How far should I space the bricks? How far should I space the rows? How do I hold the soil back? What would be ...
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What are these abnormal tomatoes on my tomato plant?

I have a few tomato plants growing in a raised bed. I grew them from seeds. For some reason a few of the tomatoes don't look normal (see pictures). Also the size of the fruit is much smaller than I ...
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What food crops grow well in a hot/dry desert climate?

I live in Las Vegas, where year-round rainfall is very low, and summer temperatures can be very high. The humidity is very low, the sky is nearly always sunny, and spring and fall temperatures can ...
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When should I plant parsnips in Boston?

I live in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, and would like to know when to plant my parsnip. I use this site and wanted your answer and opinion on the site's answer. https://www.growmigo.com/
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Is it normal to have a white fuzzy substance on the seedling of my pepper plant?

I found this on my orange sweet pepper plant seedling. It's kind of like a fuzzy ball. Is it normal?
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Why would a broccoli plant have grey patches on only a single leaf?

I'm making a temporary garden for a client at home to move to the landscaping location. He requested his garden contain broccoli which is the plant I'm worried about currently. It seems to have grey ...
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Do you uproot plants in a no dig garden with mulch

When using the no dig gardening method with mulched vegetable beds, what do you do in fall with the old plants? I know that in no dig you do not want to disturb the soil. Also when mulching it's ...
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Soil test came back. I need help

The test came back pH a tiny bit to low but the sodium, sulfur, potassium and phosphorus are way to high. Manganese to low. We are square foot gardening. Raised beds. Made. Mel's. Mix with 1/3 ...
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What is this large plant that came up when I turned my soil?

I turned my soil recently and this huge plant started to grow. I have put my hand there to show the size. It does not seem to be a weed so I would really want to know if this is some kind of vegetable ...
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Will my squash ripen off the vine?

I'm a first time gardener so I'm not sure how this works - I may have picked my squash too soon, I also think I may have mixed squash together which would have made a hybrid (from my understanding). ...
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Calorically dense crops that can be grown in southern Ontario, Canada?

I'm experimenting with growing my own food, and have been for a few years now. My goal, in the very long term, is to be able to homestead and grow as much of my own food as I can. In terms of sheer ...
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Can I pick healthy unripe green tomatoes from a plant that has blossom end rot?

All my tomato plants have blossom rot. As the fruit begins to ripen, they are rotted at the bottom. Can I pick the healthy green tomatoes and let them ripen without them getting the rotted bottom?
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Does a cucumber plant only produce one cucumber at a time

I am growing a few cucumber plants in a raised bed. I find that each plant produces a number of flowers and only one of the flowers turns into a cucumber and the rest of them dry up/wither. After I ...
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What are good organic phosphorus sources for fruiting plants, other than rock phosphate or animal products?

I know the norm is to use rock phosphate or bone meal but I can't find rock phosphate in my area and it's expensive to ship because of the weight. I'm not able to use an animal product like bone or ...
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Plants grow but not fruit

I'm an amateur gardener and I've tried growing sweet peas, yard long beans, cucumbers with no results. The plants grow but never bear fruit. The only thing that grows in my soil is tomatoes. Can ...
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First ever homegrown cucumber was bitter

I consider myself a beginning vegetable gardener, even though I've been working with ornamentals for 30+ years. After several years of trying, I've finally managed to get my first ever homegrown ...
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Do's and Don't's for a backyard compost?

We have a backyard compost bin for our vegetable garden and a few flower beds. Forgive me for being a total noob on this, but can someone offer me couple of good resources on what's ok and not ok to ...
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Compost pile in vegetable garden area

I am putting in a new garden and thinking about putting our compost pile in one corner. Will this attract harmful bugs to any degree that may interfere with the health of the plants growing nearby? ...
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What is eating the base of bell pepper plant?

I live in San Francisco Bay area. Till last year I did not have this problem. Something is eating the base of my bell pepper plant which is about 18 inches tall and producing. The critter is eating ...
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What are the advantages and disadvantages of raised vegetable beds?

I'm asking this mainly to learn before I spend money and effort. This year our produce hasn't been good and mainly because of critters. So I was wondering if raised beds will help to keep the critters ...