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Water is a transparent fluid which forms the world's streams, lakes, oceans and rain, and is the major constituent of the fluids of living things.

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Should I add water to my compost heap?

I have a 1m x 1m x 0.6m compost heap. I was turning the heap yesterday and was surprised to find that most of the heap hadn't really decomposed, and was in fact quite dry. Should I be regularly ...
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Can drained water from potted plants be used again to water another house plant?

I'm wondering if it's okay to use water that has drained through a houseplant to water another plant. Is it safe for both the other plant and the soil? What I mean is that we use at least 500ml (2 ...
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Tillandsia (air plants) Turning Black and Dying After Watering

I live in a northeast US boarding school and have ten tillandsias on the windowsill of my dormitory room. I cannot collect rain water for them because I have no tools to do so, so the water I use to ...
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How to grow a tree on steroids?

How can a tree be made to grow bigger and faster constantly over 100 years? Could a full grown tree be given a constant trickle of water and a time-released nutrient pack, like huge miracle grow stick ...
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What are the absolute most water-thirsty plants?

I have a balcony that gets about 4 hours 1 hour of direct sunlight a day (but several many hours of indirect sunlight bouncing off a building in front) that has an A/C unit where the water condensate ...
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How to fix a small pond that has become stagnant?

I'm working in a park and we have a small pond, a part of a river system that has become stagnant, mucky and smelly. The river that previously ran into the pond is no longer there and we'd like to be ...
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How to deal with water pooling on lawn

I have 3 areas on my lawn where water pools when it rains. My soil is clay and the water takes a long time to be absorbed into the ground. One of these area is bordered by a planting bed and patio, ...
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Are there species that thrive in non-draining pots?

I have a new opening in a pot without drainage where my spider plant resides, which I've decided to move to a more suitable pot for it. I'd like not to leave the old pot empty, but also not to have ...
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What kind of grass can grow up in water

I want to make something like this vase made from an incandescent light bulb: But I wonder what kind of grass can I put in which will not rot?
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Measuring height difference over 200 meters without clear line of sight?

I recently got access to a piece of land including a spring and a pond. Since the terrain is slightly sloping after the pond´s drain, I thought on using the water flow to power a small hydro station. ...
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Rooting Bougainvillea in water?

How long does it take for bougainvillea to grow roots in water? How long should they be before I transplant?
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How can I reduce the pressure and flow to only part of an irrigation system?

I'm designing a more permanent tree irrigation system for my property to replace the makeshift only I currently have that uses garden hoses. To water the trees, I've settled on non-pressurized lines ...
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How to reclaim my backyard that has turned into a swamp?

Problem Anyone on the East Coast of the US is probably aware of what a rainy year it has been. As of my writing this, the last six months in Northern Virginia have had more rain (1149mm at Dulles ...
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Water from tiling in yard constantly on sidewalk

We just purchased our house. The back yard has a large hill in it. The construction company that built our house installed tiling (french drain) in the hill that comes out right by the sidewalk in ...
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Good plants, trees and grass to grow in order to lock the ground together

I have an "island" consisting of recycled plastic bottles and old wooden pallets. ------------- <- Wooden pallets ooooooooooooo <- Bags of bottles The "island" is on a fresh water lake located ...
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Why can't dry soil absorb water well?

I have often heard that particularly dry soil cannot absorb water well. This was often associated with flooding after a long dry drought. I couldn't really imagine it, but yesterday I saw for myself ...
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Holding water and good drainage contradiction?

I've looked at some youtube videos, where they say that mediums such as vermiculite allow good drainage, but also have great water holding capabilities. I am newbie gardener, and to me, this is ...
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What's this submerged, lelly like plant that propagates sideways called or what are similar plants

I ran into a picture of an aquarium that I plan on buying and it contains a type of plant that I've never seen before. I really like it. Does anyone know what it is, or can anyone recommend a similar ...
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What wild water plant is this? Is there a domesticated versions?

I saw this plant in a swamp in central Maine, USA. I think it is a type of wild hyacinth. Are there domesticated versions? Anyone know how to grow one in a large planter pond? The spear shaped ...
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Standing Water with sidewalk surrounded

The last few days we have had a lot of rain, most of which pooled up to my house foundation. I've managed to divert most of it temporarily to a location further from my house, but it's still an issue. ...
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Aquatic plants growing conditions

I am a beginner gardener. I wanted to know if aquatic plants can grow in a small (100 x 10 x 10 inch) outdoor water tank filled with clean tap water? Also, does the water have to be treated in any way?...
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Indoor Majesty Palm has yellowing leaves that also have brown tinges - too much water or not enough?

Help!! My majesty palm now has 20% of its large leaves being mostly yellow... There are brown tinges on many of the leaves, including the green ones. I am not sure if this is too much or too little ...
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Anyone know what this plant/algae is?

I’m making a self sustaining ecosystem which has both a terrestrial part with plants and bugs, and a water part with some pond water. I’ve had it for a few months, and then this started popping up ...
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How to prevent insects coming to a water-puddle

Some neighbours in our common building put the water-pipes of their air-conditioning systems over the garden. The water drips from the pipes and creates puddles in the garden. There are plants growing ...
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Is it a good idea to add sugar or other things to the water for cut flowers?

Mostly for future reference, is it helpful to add sugar or other things to the water meant for cut flowers? There seems to be conflicting data from different sources. See How can I preserve a bouquet ...
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Can these plants survive spring floods?

A maintenance company planted several plants just besides the river bank, actually in the area that is under the water for a week or several weeks in the spring (sometimes this repeats several times ...
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What is the term for removing weeds from bodies of water?

A control technique before planting aquatic plants in water bodies is to remove existing water weeds. I've heard of this being called "uprooting" or "cutting" the weeds. What's the proper term?
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How to convert inches to gallons?

When I'm trying to figure out how much to water things in my garden I'll often see things like, "...they will need 1-2 inches of water each week." From what I understand, this is the same as if there ...
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Should i use rocks in a (VERY) large container for gardening? (no drainage)

Alright so, i"m starting a large project and i have two current plans, i"m not very sure which to go with. I'm extremely new to gardening I'm in coastal north carolina, lots of rain. For my eagle ...
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What is this white fibrous thing showing on top of moist soil?

I'm trying to germinate chives using a soil for seeds. I've gone through the process of watering and draining the soil after putting in the seeds. For two days now, I've been seeing this cloudy spongy ...
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Can I use the water that collects on our large pool cover?

My wife and I have a large inground pool that we winterize and cover all winter. It collects a hefty sum of water and other organic material all winter and in the spring I end up pumping this bog ...
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How to prevent water at the bottom of a large ceramic indoor container for a Norfolk Island Pine?

I purchased a Norfolk Island Pine that's about 4 feet tall (20 bucks at Home Depot!) to replace the one I got last year, that I put in a large ceramic pot (14 inches high, 15 inches across), because ...
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What is this concrete structure we unearthed in our backyard?

While working on a backyard project, we found a concrete structure that had been buried beneath a few feet of dirt. It seems to be mostly constructed of concrete and some large rocks. While digging ...
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zanthoxylum piperitum 5 years old bonsai watering and care?

I already read this great answer about water a bonsai, which was very helpful, but I'm very confused and I would love some help, as my previous bonsai died drowned and I don't want that to happen ...
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I found a blue plastic tarp about 6 inches under landscaped area in the front yard. Can I remove it?

I have encountered a curious situation I'm hoping someone can solve. When I started digging a hole to plant a young bush in my front yard, I saw 1-2 inches of wood chip mulch, then a black landscaping ...
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Can trees starve for water as they get bigger?

We had this huge pecan tree that stood alone. The landlord said it used to put out paper shell pecans that could be cracked with one hand a decade ago. I also heard that smaller pecan trees put more ...
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Retaining wall and water management in a tight space

I'm buying my first house very shortly, and as expected it has some problems. One of the big ones is water management around the garage. There is already water damage inside the garage so I want to ...
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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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Dwarf water lettuce turning white and yellow

My water lettuce are dying as seen in this picture: . It is in my pond and I have had around 2 sq meters of lettuce. It was growing rapidly but recently it has developed these symptoms and is dying. ...
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Is it okay to line the top of a container with plastic to hold water inside?

One of the problems with container gardening in my area is that you generally have to water the plants every single day in the summer (except on occasion) or else they have a high likelihood of dying ...
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How can I root honeysuckle in water?

Okay so I've done this a couple times but it never seems to work. I've tried doing it just in water but it died of transplant shock and too little sun. Then I've tried outside in soil (topping soil I ...
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Does aerating water to raise the pH in nutrient solutions work well?

As anyone who has ever had to tend to a pool painfully discovered, aerating water causes the oxygen to react with something and raise the pH. From what I have read it converts contents of the water ...
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What's the right way to protect this brick if I want to pile soil up in front of it?

Problem Water pools up next to the house because it's the low point on the soil side of things. Solution I'd like to have a lot of dirt brought in that will raise this ~6-8 inches to encourage the ...
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Weep holes in garden retaining wall

I have a garden (20 x 20 feet) which has a retaining wall of nearly 10 feet on two sides. The garden has a gradient and slopes about 1 to 2 feet towards the retaining walls from the highest point ...
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Making a drywell, without the "drywell"

I am planning some landscaping which would see the addition of a small garden in my yard. On two sides it would be surrounded by a crushed rock barrier strip 1' wide. I was hoping to use this 1' wide ...
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What type of hose connector will fit my kitchen tap?

I am trying to connect my garden hose to my kitchen tap which looks like this. I foolishly bought http://www.hozelock.com/watering/hose-fittings/connect-to-tap/2177---indoor-round-tap-connector.html ...
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How can I fix a Water Mint invasion in my creek?

I have a creek in the front of my home and Water Mint has invaded the creek. The past few summers it has gotten worse and worse. The water mint is clogging up the flow of the creek and gets so thick I ...
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Do I need CO2 to grow aquarium plants?

I'm looking at growing some aquarium grass to entertain my fish. The instructions that I read keep talking about CO2 injection. Will my aquarium plants grow with out adding CO2? How do I add it?
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Trees for southern Idaho/northern Utah mountain environment

My goal is to find trees that would survive in the fairly harsh climate of the mountains of northern Utah/southern Idaho (near Bear Lake). Being in the mountains, it is around 7,000 feet. The trees ...
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Vacume / Osmosis watering gadget: limitations?

I just found a great sounding device on amazon, which apparently uses vaccume or osmosis to help water plants: The idea behind is, that it waters the plants, only when the soil is dry. The little ...
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