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Can rice be used as a potting medium?

The aloe is not growing in that medium. Sugar dissolves, rice and coffee decompose, when exposed to the conditions required for a healthy root zone. They would sour and kill the plant roots. Not ...
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What are the advantages and disadvantages of raised vegetable beds?

I'm kind of the opposite of stormy. I love gardening directly in the ground (that is my method of choice for most things). The only reason I use raised beds is because we have some. However, I do know ...
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How do I take over a previous owners raised beds?

Topping with compost is always a good idea, it should be an annual fall event, however it won't hurt to do it in the spring when you move in. In any case it's always good to bring some samples from ...
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How can I prevent my succulent from tipping over its pot?

This is fairly normal behavior for these plants. As they grow, the stems get longer, and since the leaves are full of water, the weight of the top of the plant pulls the stem over to one side. It's ...
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How can I prevent my succulent from tipping over its pot?

The cause is usually not enough light, or the light is very directional (for example if the pot is near a window). The remedy is to turn the pot regularly (i.e. every day or two) to keep the plant ...
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Do I remove the garlic flower?

With regular garlic, you would cut it off at a certain point if you wanted bigger bulbs in the ground, or leave it on if you want bulbils/bulblets to form. FYI: You can eat garlic scapes (they're ...
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How to get rid of worms in containers?

If the plants are outdoors some of the year or all of the year, then earthworms are inevitable, and are not undesirable. If these are plants he wants to keep indoors, then I suggest he decants them, ...
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I planted a vegetable but can't remember what it is

Gees, looks like a potato. But one couldn't forget planting a potato, right? Grins...I am being very bad! Potato would be fine planted in this humongous pot. Seeds of other plants, not so much. If ...
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Saving sun-scorched succulents

I'm sorry I don't know the cause of your damage, but I have a lot of experience with sedums, and can reassure you that a healthy plant can grow even if the top is damaged, dead, or broken off; and ...
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Are these plants Aloe or Gasteraloe?

They do look very much like Gasteraloe beguinii
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Identify plant, and what to do with rocks

This plant is commonly known as the Hawaiian Scheffelera or Schefflera arboricola. Although the species grows to 8 - 9 M (24 to 27 feet) tall this variety is variegated and when grown indoors usually ...
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How to get rid of worms in containers?

l have to assume these plants are on the out of doors deck or patio. With constant water and shelter from enemies pots are beloved by earthworms. Earthworms are in all ways beneficial to soil and ...
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How do I take over a previous owners raised beds?

Soil is mainly composed of eroded rocks with some water, air, and some organic material. Compost is derived from organic matter which has been decomposed into a form that can be used to add organic ...
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Will pooping in a flowerpot before planting ivy help it grow?

I really wouldn't advise it - human faecal waste is processed and used as fertilizer even in the UK, although most of it is used by the agricultural industry. But its the 'processed' part that counts. ...
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Why isn't my self-watering planter wick carrying water all the way up beyond the dirt line?

I tried using polyprolene rope some years ago and found that it was too tightly bound with no capillary action. I was at the shops today and looked at what they use. It was a braided cotton string. ...
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Is All this blackberry plant or is there more then 1 plant?

The “different” plant is a hitchhiker, either from some random seed or already brought in with the blackberry from the nursery. Without further ado, I recommend you pull it out. It will compete with ...
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Name this plant

The (central) unfocused stalk in the foreground looks like an older flower head of a member of the genus Allium which includes garlic, onions, shallots etc. It may well be a garlic plant that was ...
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How to seal board gaps in raised bed garden?

It was completely unnecessary to seal the cracks in the raised bed. I did however line the inside of the wood with landscape fabric. Update: After a year, I recommend NOT sealing the gaps between ...
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Raised garden in flood zone

I have some experience with this, I think - I am in London, UK, and I tend a plot in an allotment next to a small river, and I am pretty much at the lowest point in the allotment, or I was, but more ...
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Ideas for Small Planters to Benefit Pollinators That Doesn't Involve Plants

If you want to help pollinators, plants are somewhat required. If you'd like to make use of your hanging planters but don't have time to hand water them, install a drip irrigation system to water them ...
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How long can a bell pepper plant thrive while maintained indoors?

My sweet red bell pepper plant is almost through its second summer. It's in a pot, so I brought it in last year and stuck it in a window and watered it daily all winter. It stopped producing around ...
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What are some recommendations for planting garage rooftop window boxes?

Unfortunately, there are two things that might scupper your plan - the weight bearing capacity of the roof, and the necessity to water daily or twice daily when the weather is hot and dry, or simply ...
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Are these succulent plants Sempervivum?

This would appear to be Sempervivum tectorum (common houseleek). That is an arrangement of matured rosettes, and not the natural growth habit of the plant. Another name for it is hens and chicks.
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Can air plants grow in closed terrariums?

In a word, no. The natural environment of these plants is high in trees where there is good air circulation and bright diffuse light. Humidity and moisture requirements vary by species but air ...
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My lemon tree in pot has curled leaves

If it has been in that same pot in the same spot for a year and just now started doing this, then fertilizer is one likely solution. Get a citrus fertilizer from your local garden center and follow ...
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My lemon tree in pot has curled leaves

I do see some leaves that have dropped and it may be due to the cold weather we are experiencing right now (I am in the same zone as you). In terms of watering, check the soil and if it looks dry ...
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Reviving some soil using fertilizer, how long to wait before planting?

It sounds like you should be fine. Worm casings are fine, as is, and if the fish-based fertilizer is sold as a fertilizer, read the instructions. If the instructions call for adding it to growing ...
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What to do with sickening flower petals?

Care advice at fine Gardening starts Deadhead spent flowers consistently. Pelargoniums flower prolifically and will soon replace any flowers that have been removed.
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What species of aloe is this young start?

The trouble with the Aloe world is, many of the varieties have more than one name - Aloe aculeata marlothii ssp.'marlothii' is also known as Aloe spectabilis. Either that or they've been renamed more ...
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