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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 ...
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What are some vegetable plants to start from seed in July?

I have some space in my raised bed that I can use to plant some vegetables for the rest of the season. Is it too late to start vegetables from seeds now? If not, what are vegetables that would be ...
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Why does the ginger wither at the top/tip?

I have been growing culinary ginger quite successfully however there are times when one or two stems start drying out at the top/tip and I don't know what could be the cause. The ginger are planted ...
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Why are my pumpkins only growing small, then dying?

My pumpkin vine is very healthy, but the pumpkins grow to about the size of a golf ball and die. I water them and they are in good soil. Why is this happening?
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Do vegetable seeds have a shelf life?

I bought vegetable seeds a few years back. I tried planting them this year but am having mixed results (very few are sprouting). Do seeds have a shelf life/expiration after which they will not ...
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What is the process for building a forest vegetable garden?

I'm looking at making a garden on an old growth forest floor, and was wondering what the steps for establishing one that will produce this year would be.
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Need help identifying this beetle

I have a group of these beetles on my dill plants. They might be black lady bugs, but seem too small at only 5mm. A positive ID would help be know whether to let them be, or remove them.
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Did I over fertilize my vegetable garden?

I think I over fertilized my raised vegetable garden. A few days after I fertilized, the leaves are starting to go limp and point downwards. Is this what it looks like? And if so, is there any ...
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Do surroundings affect vegetable garden pests

I have a vegetable garden that is close to a fence which has a random creeper growing over it and two large bushes. I can't make major modifications to the existing garden due to being a renter, ...
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What would be eating my lettuce plants, and leaving some other vegetables alone?

I planted 6 lettuce plants and this morning 3 of them are completely nipped. Do you know if they will grow back as only a little bit of the leaves are left. Also how do I protect the rest? I also have ...
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Why is this tomato rotten at the end, and loosened from the plant?

On of my tomato is rotten at the bottom. At the same time I observe that the connection between the plant and fruit is broken. Not sure what happened first though. Is this just a physical damage that ...
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What happens to my tomatos?

The leaves of my tomatoes (three diverse sorts) don't look good. On the fourth day outside (still in the process of hardening), they started to show the light yellow to brown spots on some leaves, as ...
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Is it safe to eat veggies grown in soil that has soured?

If soil smells sour will it make garden vegetables inedible? the pot my peppers were growing in didn't drain well. I fixed it, but every time I water them it still smells sour. Are the peppers going ...
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What kind of vegetable plant is this?

Hello! My daughter and I planted a veggie garden together and cannot remember what we planted! We have no idea what this is? Anyone know?
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Why Do I Have Stunted Corn?

My corn patch has resulted in mature plants that average only 2 ft. tall and tiny ripe ears. The kernels on the ears are full size (but the ears are not filled out). Water has not been an issue nor ...
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How near to each other should I plant my vegetable and fruit plants?

The plants I have started are: lettuce, tomato, carrots, green beans, kidney beans, peppers, and cantaloupe. I've never grown any of these things before, or much of anything before. If there any ...
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Radish plants grew tall but radish was non-existent

So I planted some radish in my garden and they grew fine but when I went to harvest they were tall and had started to flower but the radish was almost non existent. What did I do wrong?
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How do I know when to harvest my potatoes?

I'm sure I've heard before that the time to harvest potatoes is when the flowers fall off. Is that right or is it more complicated than that? For example, does it differ based on climate or variety, ...
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Cabbage and Broccoli Pests

I have planted around a month ago several small plants of cabbage, broccoli, kales, and arranged also a raised beds for herbs. 1: Pests. Lately, I noticed that most of the plants had been bitten, ...
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Why is my Cauliflower not producing nice shape

See picture. Instead of one large cauliflower head it is producing individual florets. What is the possible reason for that? I have done the usual watering and fertilizing so don't think that is the ...
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Why does my cauliflower plant have leaves which are damaged and full of holes?

See attached picture of my cauliflower plant in my raised bed. Other plants are healthy but this one does not look as healthy. What could be the reason?
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Vegetable Grow time and watering Info Table

I am building garden monitoring application and would like to find lists with growing time time to water period to plant of at least the basic vegetables
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How many vertical containers to grow food for one person?

The diet would only be plant based, by vertical garden I mean something like this: But with vegetables instead of flowers and a tower that's 3-5 levels How many of these "towers" would be enough for ...
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Can I grow lemon cucumbers in my area, Southeast VA, zone8? Pic incl'd

Lemon cucumbers: I found these on the Bonnie plants website, and usually there's info attached on where you can find a retailer that has them, but instead it had a disclaimer stating not all Bonnie ...
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How can I grow better shaped yellow squash?

I am growing some early prolific straight neck yellow squash in my raised bed. I am getting a lot of flowers and squashes but they don't seem to be growing to full size. Am I doing something wrong? ...
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Can I transplant the cucumbers in these pictures?

I have two cucumber plants in pots (pics below) the one in the terracotta pots is a type of slicing cucumber and the cream colored pot is pickling cukes. Neither are burpless. I read that moving and ...
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What is eating my vegetable seedlings?

I recently grew some lettuce and carrots from seed, but within three nights they were completely eaten. I then used a seed growing tray and then transplanted about 40 out into the garden bed. But ...
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What is happening to the okra plants

Recently i have been growing okra plants from seeds and i find that out of all the shoots three of them wilted. Completely puzzled on what has been happening to the plants? I have attached a ...
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What is happening to my pumpkin shoot?

Please find attached picture of my pumpkin shoot. The leaves show a whitish appearance. I am growing it with vermi compost and cocopit mix. Can somebody tell what has been happening with the plant ...
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Companion gardening - I only have one bed

In my garden, I currently have one bed divided into sections, but the division is informal. I have alliums planted on the far left, in the middle are peppers and tomatoes, and on the right I have ...
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Is this a weed or vegetable

I have this plant growing in my raised bed that I did not plant. Is this a weed or a useful vegetable plant? Need help identifying the plant.
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How do I deal with millipedes eating my vegetable seedlings?

After cursing all the slugs in my yard and removing the few that I could catch, I was quite shocked yesterday to discover 100+ young plants all chewed to the ground. I was going out at 9 - 10pm to ...
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Need help identifying this volunteer plant

I have a raised bed that I recently put home made compost in. I have this volunteer plant growing and suspect it came out of a seed that I may have thrown in the compost bin. Unlike some of you I am ...
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Light spots on tomato leaves

I am growing green tomatillo (a mexican variety of tomato) but one of my plants is looking very sad and I need help to understand what could be the problem. About the problem: Two days ago I noticed ...
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What is the right way to pick peppers so the plant keeps producing?

Does it matter where on the stalk you cut or remove the fruit off the plant so that you don't suck away its future earning potential? Let's take the photo here, of a Cayenne pepper (Capsicum annuum), ...
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Raised bed soil repairing

I moved into a new house where there was an aluminum raised bed. Let us call this bed A. I made a wooden bed 10inches deep. Let us call this bed B. Bed A was there before I came and the soil looked ...
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What are the steps for building a no till vegetable garden, and how late can I start it?

I'm looking at putting my garden along a creek bed in a part that doesn't flood, and was wondering how late I can start it, and if I need to do anything special other than planting the seeds.
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What is this ladybug-like insect that is damaging my kale, and how can I control it?

This insect has seriously damaged my kale, and almost killed my brussel sprouts in less than a week. What is it, and how can I control it. My garden is organic, so a non-chemical solution is ...
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Why are my cucumber seedlings turning white? Are they going to be okay?

I started my plants about 3 weeks ago in one of those jiffy pellet greenhouses. I moved them to larger pots about a week ago because the roots we're spreading everywhere. About 3 days ago I decided ...
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Interveinal chlorosis of aubergine leaves

My aubergine plant seems to be developing some nutrient deficiency. I pulled it from the ground in autumn about 9 months ago and placed it into an air pruning pot with some potting mix, and kept it ...
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What kind of vegetable plant might this be?

This plant began to grow in my vegetable garden in early March. I am in Bakersfield, California It was about 4' tall. Now, in April, it is almost 6' tall and now has yellow long blossoms.
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Developing new soil for gardening

We recently purchased some land that is on the bench of the mountains covered in juniper trees and has a PH of between 7 and 8. We have cleared a good size area and I would like to amend the soil for ...
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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 to remove small insects from broccoli?

I'm growing up vegetables (without any chemical products) and among them broccoli. They are good, but they've a big problem: they're full of very small insects, and when I cook them, I find them in my ...
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What to do about grubs in vegetable garden and potted tree?

This Spring there seem to be grubs all over my garden, in just about any handful of dirt you flip over. There are lots of articles about how to handle grubs in your lawn, but I don't have a lawn, just ...
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starting first-time garden in yard with a lot of english ivy - raised bed vs. double-digging

I've never gardened before and would like to start a small (4' x 8') vegetable garden this year in our yard. I'm hoping to plant sugar snap peas, tomatoes, cucumber, zucchini, and possibly watermelon....
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What is causing damage to my okra plant?

What is causing the new leaves of our Ladies' Fingers okra plants to become thin and curl? One of the plants has started to dry at the bottom part of the stem. Location: Kolkata, India.