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How should I prune a half-dead bush of rosemary?

Cut off all dead wood at the base, leaving just the live stems - you don't need to do anything to the roots. You might, though, want to consider replacing the plant - it'll look pretty ugly once the ...
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Growing beneficial, edible plants in the woods

All of the currant family (red, black, gooseberry, lingonberry...) do reasonably well in shade. High and low bush cranberry do well in shade. If you have light shade, look at nut trees. It will be a ...
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Growing beneficial, edible plants in the woods

You are going to have a very difficult time growing much in the forest portion of your land. Yes, currants and gooseberries, black raspberries, and possibly sour cherries will tolerate the shade and ...
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Growing beneficial, edible plants in the woods

No undergrowth forest plus creek makes me immediately think of allium ursinum (European variety) or allium tricoccum (US native). Both are happy to cover the forest floor in spring and disappear later ...
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What is the name of this houseplant, and how can I prevent it from drying out?

Definitely an Impatiens variety (busy lizzie) - can't tell how tall it is, but it looks remarkably like I. walleriana - if its taller than it seems, it'll be one of the New Guinea hybrids. I note the ...
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How can I prevent my banana tree from drying out?

Bananas like to grow in temperatures between 26-30 deg C, in high humidity, which means your 45 degrees is a bit much for it, particularly if it's in an unshaded position. They grow best in 'jungle' ...
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Aerating with a garden fork: is it making the problem worse?

Not only is it as good as an actual lawn aerating machine, its better - but it's time consuming and there's a knack to it. You need to insert the fork vertically and remove it in the same direction ...
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Why is my fern wilting and drying out?

It is likely that the roots of your plant have grown to occupy the entire volume of soil in the pot. There is no soil left to retain moisture. You can check this by popping the plant out of its pot. ...
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Edible Plants for Rockery

As I said in the comment, suggest you dig it into your allotment - the reason people are taking it is because they know it's valuable either as an addition to making potting compost, or simply using ...
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How should I prune a half-dead bush of rosemary?

You can: cut off the live branches and root them (put the base in water until roots come out) remove the rest of the plant plant the newly rooted branches where the old plant was.
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Growing beneficial, edible plants in the woods

Nuts of course, and some floor plants, will be naturals, but so as not to repeat others' answers, I thought I'd point out the issues/other things I noticed about your idea, rather than listing plants. ...
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Is something wrong with my Aloe Vera?

From what I see here, your Aloe gets too much water for the sun it get. Aloe Vera leaves in very hot, sunny places (often sandy). e.g. already discussed here. It goes for the sun (phototropism) ...
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What is the most efficient drip system setup for irrigating a tree in the desert?

Why not do what people in similar climates used to do for centuries? Use large flat rocks to conserve soil moisture. You can amend their methods to work with drip irrigation too if you wish. Use of ...
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Why are my tree ferns' leaves drying out and dying?

It's odd that the fronds are all dying back at once in mature tree ferns, so unless you've had extremely windy conditions that are unusual, or something drastic has changed in the environment, I ...
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Aerating with a garden fork: is it making the problem worse?

For once I have to disagree with Bamboo! Poking tines in the ground actually compresses soil further. Proper aeration is only done by REMOVING cores of soil and allowing these cores to disintegrate ...
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Soil wetting compounds: are they effective?

This is something I looked into a while ago and wrote about it on my site discussing if liquid aeration works. Based on my own use of surfactants and the research I came across I haven't found them ...
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What are these red spots on my guava leaves?

Your plant may have spider mites. Check on the underside of the leaves for what looks like small grains of salt. If you see them then apply soap and water at a ratio of 5ml to one litre three times ...
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My acer palmatum is drying, what should I do?

This is a common problem with Japanese maples. It's called leaf scorch. The reason is too hot sun and not enough water during hot weather. And hot can be above 20C already. The best thing to do is to ...
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Why is my Majesty palm getting dried out, when the soil is moist and I'm misting the foliage daily?

Misting is not an effective way to raise the humidity around a plant unless you are in a greenhouse. The amount of time the humidity is raised is very small. Try checking the soil and watering when ...
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What is the name of this houseplant, and how can I prevent it from drying out?

Looks like an Impatiens, have the leaves been oiled? They are so shiny, that may not be the best thing for them if they have been oiled. I agree with getting the foil off and having a look at the ...
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What is this small eucalypt-like landscape tree in California?

This is the Brisbane Box (Lophostemon confertus). The flowers threw me off for a bit. The flowers on yours are about done blooming. It's native to Australia, but is cultivated elsewhere. I'm not sure ...
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What is the most efficient drip system setup for irrigating a tree in the desert?

I grew up in one of the hottest driest places in Australia. My mother still lives in this place... Adelaide, South Australia and she lives in a house on a quarter acre, surrounded by a large garden ...
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What type of bonsai is this, and how do I revive it?

Yeah, hate to give you bad news but this guy is toast. Why Bonsai does not come with instructions is irresponsible. Bonsai are just like a new pet. Constant attention. Because of the limited root ...
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Why is my jade plant dying?

Your jade plant is dying because of lack of sunlight and too much watering. Jade plant in my area can survive hot summer days with minimum watering, its leaves will turn a slight red to indicate it is ...
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Why is my jade plant dying?

Yes you can keep a jade indoors, but it does require bright light..much more than any artificial office light will offer. It looks like you used soil from the great outdoors rather than a potting mix ...
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My olive tree's leaves have dried out but bottom of trunk is sprouting. What should I do?

If there is no new growth at the top, scrape back a little of the skin or bark with a fingernail on various branches - if they're moist and greenish inside, they're still alive, but if they're dry and ...
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How to save a Fern which most leaves have dried out

Bathroom should certainly help with humidity. I suggest following the advice at Gardening Know How: Boston ferns need a cool place with high humidity and indirect light. When you care for Boston ...
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