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What is this green-ish thing inside the orange?

Preface: This answer is based solely on the search result. I'm not a gardener and I don't have any gardening knowledge to sufficiently answer this with full certainty. Looking at the picture, it ...
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What is this tiny strawberry-like fruit found in a Southern Illinois lawn?

That is Mock Strawberry, Duchesnea indica. The fruits are edible, but rather tasteless. This is a common weed in much of the United States. Look for small, strawberry-like plants in your lawn, with ...
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What is this spaceship-like fruit?

Looks like pomegranate, or Punica granatum. Pretty common fruit, you can even find it in the supermarket.
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Calorically dense crops that can be grown in southern Ontario, Canada?

"Calorically dense"? Look at fruits. Apples, brambles (raspberry/blackberry), currants, strawberries, blueberries. Pie cherries (sweet will depend on your microclimate, pie are hardier), apricots, ...
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Calorically dense crops that can be grown in southern Ontario, Canada?

Are you familiar with John Jeavons? If not, I highly recommend checking him out. I think his "How to Grow More Vegetables" is still the best resource for this type of information. Unfortunately, I can'...
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What is it called when picking the produce the farmers are not collecting?

This activity is called "gleaning". A word you will find in the Bible. For example, "And when ye reap the harvest of your land, thou shalt not make clean riddance of the corners of thy field when ...
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What is this green-ish thing inside the orange?

Definitely looks like something from a sci fi/horror movie! Black areas within oranges are usually caused by a fungal pathogen - it enters most often at the 'navel' end of the orange and then spreads ...
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How can I make a single cherry tree bear fruits?

Depending on where you live there could be a compatible cherry near enough that you will get fruit. Fortunately there are good resources out there to find good pollinators for stone fruit. Typically ...
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Fruit thinning - is that really required?

A picture would be nice. If the trees are young, they may not yet have an extensive enough root system and canopy to support all the fruit so you end up with lots of small fruit rather then larger ...
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What vine grows purple grapes which taste like lollipops?

This is the Concord grape, which due to some diligent and patient planting and tasting of wild born vitis riperia vines one was discovered that tastes good for tables and juice and was named Concord. ...
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Why do my Cherry tomatoes split as they ripen?

Small fruiting tomatoes tend to be a lot juicier (that is ratio of meaty pulp to juice) than medium or large fruiting. Tomato produces a skin of a certain size for the number of fruits it has, then as ...
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Why do my Cherry tomatoes split as they ripen?

There are two main causes of fruit split - the first is irregular watering. Once tomatoes have fruitlets, and especially as they start to get bigger and ripen, its critical to water sufficiently every ...
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Is the fruit of passion vine edible?

That is Passiflora suberosa, or corky stem passionflower. The fruits are edible when ripe. They can contain small amounts of cyanide when green. Note that this is an invasive weed in some areas. ...
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What is this round neon-green fruit with a bumpy surface?

Osage orange Maclura pomifera, a.k.a hedge-apple. a.k.a. Bois d'arc and further mangled to bodark. The latter set of names have to do with the wood's suitability for archery bows.
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Why is my Orange tree not bearing fruit

They are getting pollinated well enough, you can see the young fruit hips in those pictures. If there wasn't any fruit set, the ovaries would fall of the same time as the flower and you'd see no hips. ...
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What are the best garden uses for 5 gallons of used coffee beans?

We get 30 litres of coffee grounds once a month from the local deli. We're on a list of people who take the stuff to stop it going into landfill. It just goes straight into our compost pile. Newly ...
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Identify clusters of small red and green berries with tripartite leaves

This is Solanum dulcamara, commonly "bittersweet nightshade"*, one of the more deadly weeds one might encounter. It's a member of the "nightshade" family, Solanaceae. You can see the resemblance in ...
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If I plant strawberry plants in the fall, would I still need to pinch the flowers for the first year?

Well, technically, yes. You should always give them their first growing season free of fruiting. This encourages the plant to become more established than if you (like me) let them fruit the first ...
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Why does my Goji Berry produce many flowers but never bear fruit?

Goji berry vines are highly susceptible to Powdery Mildew. In fact, I wouldn't recommend trying to grow them in the Pacific Northwest as it's too damp here. In 10 years of trying, they leaf out ...
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How to prevent raspberries from shriveling before they've matured?

It's a water problem, specifically, not enough, evidenced by the browning edges on the leaves and the shrivelled fruits. Once the berries start forming, you need to keep the plant well supplied with ...
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What is this fast growing plant with blue/black berries?

Pokeweed has a particular place in Southern North American ecology and folklife. To me, the methods to prepare it as food sound like detoxification more than cooking. In France it is probably best ...
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What are the easiest and fastest growing eatable plant you can grow in garden

None of those are particularly "fast" examples. Radish is fast - 3 weeks to harvest for the small types. I don't like it much, but it's fast. You'd need to let some go to seed for seeds. Since ...
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Cleaning homegrown vegetables prior to consumption

Just wash them all in clean tapwater - the hardest are the leafy greens, so the way to do that is immersion in a sink full of water, then picking out the leaves and running them directly under the tap,...
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Is using tomato slices really viable for starting seedlings?

Think of how tomatoes grow "in the wild" fruit drops to the ground, slowly rots, and when conditions are right a new plant emerges. So cut open the fruit and cover it in soil, the results are not ...
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Fruit thinning - is that really required?

What "full size" IS depends on what you do or don't do (and/or what "June-drop" does or not do for you.) More smaller fruit - don't thin. Less larger fruit - do thin. From the tree's point of view ...
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Fruit thinning - is that really required?

As well as the issue of small-sized fruit, another consequence of letting a tree over-crop by not thinning is that the tree may start a cycle of only producing a good crop once every two years. ...
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Can I accelerate the ripening of strawberries?

You did exactly what I would have recommended. Very ripe bananas especially. I'd enclose them together with the strawberries in a paper bag, close it off with very little airspace, and keep it at at ...
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Calorically dense crops that can be grown in southern Ontario, Canada?

From someone who grows a lot of their own food in a more northern climate, I would say that not only do you want calorie density, but you also need the ability to store long term. I would personally ...
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What vegetable/fruits plants will rabbits not eat?

I Must Garden has a long list of plants "not usually eaten" by rabbits. It's broken down into categories including: annuals; perennials and bulbs; woody plants; vegetables and fruits; and herbs. Since ...
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