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What vegetable/fruits plants will rabbits not eat?

I have an area for a few raised beds were it would be impractical to secure against rabbits. What can I plant there that they won't be interested in? I'm assuming they won't eat any berry types, but ...
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What are the optimal growing conditions for sugar beet?

I was thinking about growing sugar beets on my London roof terrace, so I was wondering what temperature it needs. I also have access to a greenhouse should it be necessary.
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Late summer vegetable garden in SoCal?

I would like to start a vegetable garden now (late summer). Which vegetables will do best with fall weather approaching? I am in southern California. Also I would like to plant some herbs, which ones ...
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What is the optimal LED wattage for a single bell pepper plant?

I plan on topping it to keep the canopy wide. I am most concerned with getting an LED fixture that doesn't fully activate photosynthesis. Granted I know that wattage isn't the best way to determine ...
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Does cauliflower produce secondary growth after the main harvest?

Will cauliflower do anything after you pick the main flower like broccoli or should I just pull the whole plant out when I'm harvesting?
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Why are we instructed not to use manure before planting carrots?

It's said that we shouldn't use manure when preparing ground intended for carrots. Is it that carrots don't thrive on manure, or is it that they fork and splinter too much? What about other roots? ...
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How do I grow rhubarb in hot weather

I live in South Carolina (37 C or 100 F everyday in July), but I love Rhubarb. I planted 4 rhubarb plants in the shade on the north side of my house. 3/4 have died and the last is struggling. They get ...
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What does it mean if my tomato leaves are curling?

The leaves on my tomato plants are curling up and I'm wondering if they are getting enough water. The leaves are still green and there are tomatoes on the plant, but I didn't know if that was a sign ...
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Is September too late to plant winter greens in USDA zone 6?

I have Red Russian Kale and Collards that I want to grow for a late-season crop, but I keep procrastinating. Is late August/Early September too late to put them out in order to get enough greens to ...
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How to safely keep plants in greenhouse at low temperatures

I'm a 2nd year gardener and am just now building a small 6x9' greenhouse onto the side of a shed. I've got some indoor starts that are beginning to take up a lot of space (my okra is ~9" tall!), and ...
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What are these white bugs all over my lettuce?

I noticed these tiny white bugs on several of my romaine leaves today. Detail is not great since it was a camera phone, but they're about 2mm in length and there are hundreds of them. What are they ...
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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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Why does my sweet potato have stunted growth with wide, flattened stems and dense leaves?

My sweet potato plant has a severely widened and flattened stem and grows like a band, with dense leaves and stunted growth. What is wrong with it?
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Are woodlice eating my carrots?

I lifted some carrots this evening. It being December these are carrots which have been in the ground some time. They're big and fat, they need cleaning up and the damage needs cutting out, but ...
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Duration of harvest season from Bush Bean plants?

Was wondering what a typical duration of production for a conventional bush bean is. I know a lot of factors such as how well the plants are cared for and heat can play into it. Here in the ...
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Why use landscape fabric in a raised bed?

We just moved into a home that had three existing garden beds. We're using them for vegetables. Next year I was thinking of building a new and smaller bed to use for herbs. I saw a video from Lowe'...
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What evidence is there for the toxicity of Neem oil to humans?

I have used Neem oil (Fertilome's 3-in-1) on some tomato plants twice since I began getting into vegetable gardening. The thing is that I have heard/read, on one hand, that it is not toxic and quite "...
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Why has the stem of my chili plant split?

I have a couple of newish chili plants growing in pots on my windowsill, they're about 15cm or so tall and seemed to be doing well enough so far. However, this morning I've noticed that the stem at ...
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How to remember planting depth and spacing in the vegetable garden?

This may seem like a non-problem to some, but I very often find myself with a handful of seeds and I totally forget what the seed spacing, row spacing and seed depth is supposed to be for any ...
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Why are my eggplant seedlings not thriving?

I have started a bunch of seedlings and some are doing really well others are not, under similar conditions. I used 6-8 inch wide pots, ~6 inches tall, potting soil, and left the pots in front of a ...
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My Artichoke Flowered, Now What?

I wasn't paying close enough attention to my artichoke this past week, and it flowered on me before I could get a chance to harvest the bud. Disappointing that I didn't get to eat it, but at least I ...
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Is it safe to make a vegetable garden where there may have been lawn chemicals?

I moved into a new house (built 1979) this past fall and I would like to convert some of the grass area to a vegetable garden. I don't know how the previous owners took care of their lawn, but is ...
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Why is my Swiss chard suddenly wilting?

I live in Brooklyn, New York, U.S.A. This Swiss Chard has been doing well so far this season, and all the largest leaves you see here were green and strong as recently as a few days ago. We had the ...
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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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Why do some of my zucchini shrivel and turn yellow at the blossom end?

Every year, I grow a zucchini plant, and every year a few of the zucchini stop growing once they reach a few inches in length, then turn yellow from the blossom end: Left to themselves, they will ...
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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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What kind of mulch should I avoid for vegetable garden paths?

I checked out this question about what kind of mulch to use around plants. But this year I want to make some extra fancy victory-garden style paths around the places I'd probably just trample anyway ...
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How should I be fertilizing my container tomatoes?

Caveat - I am about as novice as it gets when it comes to gardening, and especially with vegetables. I'm trying tomatoes for the first time this year (Husky Cherry Red), and am wondering how I should ...
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Why are my vegetable plants in my hydroponic system dying?

I am growing peppers in my hydroponic system. I transplanted tomatoes & peppers three weeks ago. For the first two weeks the plants were growing well, but since the third week some of the plants ...
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How do I determine what vegetables I can grow on a hot arid island in June?

I will be spending four months on Lanzarote this year, an arid island off the African coast, and want to grow vegetables for home consumption there. The summer is sunny, hot, and dry; local ...
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Beet plant - leaves turning yellow-brown

I have a beet plant that I grew from seeds. They started off great and healthy. In fact I plucked some leaves to use in a salad. After that some of the leaves are turning yellow and drying up. What ...
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Why did our frost only affect random plants?

We had our first frost the other day (the growing season has been long this year). Anyway, I noticed that some plants were seemingly randomly affected more than others. For instance, I have two ...
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How to protect plants from freezing

Waking at 1 am, I get my shoes on to run out to my greenhouse. I've had a heck of a time getting my garden in this year. I've lost quite a few plants to 'pop' freezes and I'm probably getting ...
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Concise database/reference for vegetable gardening?

The answers provided to Does anyone know of a somewhat comprehensive plant database available online? didn't prove to be much useful for someone that is getting into vegetable gardening. The USDA's ...
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Tomatoes…what is the difference between early blight and late blight?

What are the differences in early and late blight of tomatoes? Can you cut off affected areas of one or both to prolong the life of the plant? What can one do to prevent this disease, what can one do ...
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What are these white bugs on my tomatoes?

I noticed these things on my tomato plants. What are they and how can I safely get rid of them?
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Are these strawberries drying up?

Do these pictures of the strawberries look okay or are they drying up?
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How do I get rid of Crab grass in an over grown garden that will be a veggie garden next season?

I am in central Alberta, Canada, Zone 3. I just moved into a house that has raised planting beds for a veggie garden but is COMPLETELY full of crab grass and various other lovely weeds and grasses. It ...
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Will a plastic liner in a Redwood raised bed make the wood last longer?

I was thinking of getting 2x6"x8' redwood planks to make raised beds. The beds will not be burried at all. Will lining the inside that with that black plastic make these beds last longer, or does ...
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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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How do I get rid of aphids on kale?

I have some kale growing in my raised bed which are getting infested with aphids. How do I get rid of those and secondly, are the kale leaves still edible (after cleaning them in hot water)?
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Are my beefsteak tomato seedlings doing okay?

So I planted these beefsteak tomato seeds on May 8th and have started transplanting them into larger containers yesterday and the day before yesterday. They are kind of leaning over and I just wanted ...

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