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Can Marigold flowers keep animals away?

Many people plant marigolds (Calendula officinalis, not the French marigold, Tagetes) as a 'trap' crop, but the 'trap' attracts aphids, particularly blackfly. The theory is, if the blackfly inhabit ...
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Can Marigold flowers keep animals away?

I haven't done specific research, but am happy to provide you with my personal experience. Every year I grow many varieties of marigolds and they're always among the least bothered in my garden. ...
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Plant recommendation for gift for kindergarten students

I recall doing something like this each spring (for several years) growing up, and the plant of choice was Marigolds (planted in a paper cup, as far as I recall) which were grown in class and then ...
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Plant recommendation for gift for kindergarten students

My two suggestions; Scarlet Runner Beans and the second is Carex testacea or Orange Sedge. Easy to grow, very pretty no matter its age, wonderful to tuck into any plant bed or pot, nice just left in ...
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Plant with orange-red leaves and white-purplish flowers, can anyone help me identify it?

It is coleus! The shape of leaves, colour and the flower stick confirms it's a coleus. There's a lot of varieties of coleus of different colours and shape. This may be Big Red Judy or Color Blaze ...
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What is this plant with almost round leaves with radial veins?

That's a Nasturtium (Tropaeolum majus), identified by its almost round leaves with the stems joining the leaves slightly off center, and the pronounced radial veins. Some cultivars are trailing and ...
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Can Marigold flowers keep animals away?

Marigolds will keep some animals away - works best on insects. Some people say marigolds will keep cats out of a bed, but I have had some feral cats that hadn't read this and they went in the beds and ...
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Plant recommendation for gift for kindergarten students

Have you considered something as simple as Garden Cress (Lepidium sativum)? You can simply hand out a pack of seeds and a piece of cotton wool. The kids can then "plant" it themselves (really just ...
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I've read that Sorrel is a permaculture green, but an anual, how does it come back?

Some things are annuals in some places (usually colder) and perennials in other places. And some people say things that are not strictly true. Tomatoes are perennials - in the tropics, or in a heated ...
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Can annuals work like perennials if you keep using cuttings?

Well, yes and no, or maybe. Annual plants have one purpose - to grow, flower, be pollinated and fertilized, set seed and die, all in a year. Then there's biennials - these form, usually, a basal clump ...
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Can Marigold flowers keep animals away?

Oh cute...Marigold plants are said to help keep predators/insects away but I've never seen anything that would verify this...grow marigolds for their beauty...they are STINKY so maybe that helps. ...
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What plant does this seed pod shaped like a bulb with tendrils come from?

That is an unripe seed pod of Nigella damascena, also known as love-in-a-mist. It is a common garden annual, partly so because it is attractive through various stages, from bloom to seeding. Also, it ...
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Any guesses what these seedlings are, and whether I should remove them?

That appears to be a sunflower seedling (Helianthus annuus). it could have come from bird seed, or droppings. They can get quite large, and if you can put them in the ground that's ideal (if you ...
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Should I rub my nasturtium seeds with a nail file before planting?

This process is called scarification. It can be a pretty low tech operation as the suggestion of a nail file indicates. The purpose is to allow water to penetrate the hull of the seed and send the ...
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What is this tall plant with large leaves and long bunches of soft pink flowers?

Without disrepsect for your answer, @J. Musser, This plant is actually Persicaria orientalis, formerly Polygonum orientale as noted by @Mayra, commonly known as "Kiss Me Over the Garden Gate". ...
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Which plant is this?

I don't know what you mean by 'frosty' leaves, but the plant looks like a Petunia, specifically, a double flowered variety similar to the one pictured here https://www.bakker.com/en-gb/p/petunia-...
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Plants for under blue spruce tree

A chunk of my garden is acidic, mostly dry shade, so here's what does well for me: Groundcovers: Lingonberries (Vaccinium vitis-idaea) - may require more water than you have under the trees, ...
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Do petunias have roots in the stems?

Lucky fluke I think - many plants can be propagated by layering, when they will form rootlets from the stems, but usually, a shoot is layered while its still attached to the mother plant, until it ...
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Can annuals work like perennials if you keep using cuttings?

If you use a large enough pot, say 24 inches, you can just let the basil reseed itself, but it depend on the basil. Some basil grow tiny little black seeds that don't drop from the flower hips so ...
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Why are the leaves of my french marigold wilting and causing the flower to droop?

The trouble is, this isn't an indoor plant, it's an annual bedding plant (Tagetes patula) - the thin stem is probably a result of lack of air movement around the plant (gently moving air helps to ...
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Why are my morning glory flowers closing so early?

That's why they are called morning glories. That will happen any day that is warm/sunny. If it's overcast all day, and especially if it's cool, the blooms may remain open throughout the day, but if ...
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What should I consider before vacuum-sealing seeds for storage?

The enemies of seeds are: heat, light and humidity, by controlling these you can store some seeds for many years. Keep seeds at a cool to cold temperature of 40 degrees or less. Avoid fluctuations in ...
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What is this plant with almost round leaves with radial veins?

By the way, they're very edible. Both the leaves and flowers can be used in salads, and even the seed pods can be pickled as a sort of caper. They are peppery, like cress (in Dutch, they're called ...
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Plausible explanation for abrupt total disappearance of balsam?

It is difficult to tell, and we risk to put opinions instead of facts in our answers. An abrupt total disappearance does not seem very probable, especially for an invasive species), so if it is ...
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Why are my morning glory flowers closing so early?

Morning Glory plants are very sensitive barometers. For the flower to bloom, their internal hydrostatic pressure must exceed the surrounding atmospheric pressure. These plants are pressurized by the ...
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Can I plant sun-loving annual seedlings in partial shade if the area will have full sun in a few weeks?

If you've hardened them off in sunlight, so they're used to sun already, I'm afraid I'd recommend you pot them up and plant into the currently shady area when its brighter. If they've been hardened ...
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Can Marigold flowers keep animals away?

I seem to have fewer aphids on my runner beans when I plant marigolds nearby. I try to plant the marigolds at the same time as the beans. Planting marigolds after aphids appear does not get rid of ...
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What is this small annual with narrow gray/green leaves and rust colored daisy-type flowers?

While cleaning the garden bed, I found the broken tag from this plant! It must have been in the pot somewhere or under the dirt at the root base, and I hadn't noticed it. It's a Gazania, also called ...
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Can annuals work like perennials if you keep using cuttings?

Possibly, but there are other ways. Why not take a chunk of basil at the end of the year, roots and all, and put it in your house in a pot? You can also let the basil outside die back and collect ...
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