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Harvest garlic year round?

You can just buy a clove of garlic from the store. No need to freeze it. Just break apart the cloves and plant them. They will grow indoors but require the much higher light levels that outdoors has....
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My sunflowers are too tall (over 5') and butting into the top of my enclosed garden

Sunspot is a relatively "short" variety that only grows to 4 feet. Autumn beauty will grow to about 6 feet. The Mexican sunflower Tithonia diversifolia (which is not really a sunflower at ...
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Does the garlic clove need to grow pointed end up?

You don't plant the whole bulb, but split them into cloves, and plant each of the cloves separately. Each clove will develop a new bulb that will be oriented correctly. I doubt it matters if the ...
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What to do if too many seedlings are in the same pot?

You seem to have more than a hundred seedlings overall. Are you willing to grow every single one of them into adult plants? I'm assuming not. If that's the case, you'll be discarding them at a later ...
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What are some of the fastest growing plant by mass?

I think duckweed may take the prize for daily increase (of course, it's aquatic, and individually tiny - but it grows like mad.) Then again, possibly algae of some sort do better. Kelp or bamboo win ...
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Can I tell if a boxed, hydroponic, fly-trap growing kit, made for teenagers, would be reliable?

I would not recommend it, but I think you should ask this question in your siste site: https://parenting.stackexchange.com/. The problem I find with this "gifts": these are very very slow to grow (...
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What causes tomato plants to bear large fruit?

This is a very open question, and I like to see other answers. As you wrote, variety is the main driver. Cold weather and dry soil could stop the growth of a tomato. Position is also a determinant. ...
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What are some of the fastest growing plant by mass?

Some of the large tropical bamboos will put out new growth at a rate of 3' a day (about 1" every 40 minutes),1 which when it is a stalk diameter of over 8-10" is really rather impressive (eventually ...
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Harvest garlic year round?

Some people put their garlic in the fridge for about 2 weeks. You aim to get a temperature of about 4 - 6 deg Celcius, so your fridge might not be cold enough. Some people have reported that garlic ...
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Does the garlic clove need to grow pointed end up?

It matters. Not in the "critical and you won't get garlic" sense, but you will get weird misshapen garlic if they are not base down, tip up. Not my picture, but I've grown these, and it's due to mis-...
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Why do people say perennial food crops only produce for a few years?

Nothing lasts forever.The term perennial simply means a plant that will last for more than 2 years. That can mean 3 years that can mean 50 years or more. As the plants age they can lose their ability ...
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Is there anything I need to worry about when growing the mulberry tree?

I just got rid of a mulberry tree this year, and I'm glad I did. The fruit is so thick and dense that it covers the ground and not much else grows there. They grow fast. A branch growing 3ft a year ...
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Is there a way to grow plants super fast while it still being organic (i.e. healthy)?

There isn't a way to force plant growth any faster than it's programmed to be either organically or inorganically. What you can do, though, is provide optimum growing conditions for whatever plant it ...
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How should I "free" these trapped sprouts?

Leave them be. They will either pop open by themselves, or die. If you try to help (well, when I used to try to help) the overall success of the operation tends to be less than just letting them be, ...
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Is this pineapple plant dead?

It's not dead at all - but there are some dead areas at the tips of the leaves, and what looks like one completely dead leaf. Trim off the dead areas and the dead leaf,but don't prune. These plants ...
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How to grow a tree on steroids?

Interesting question. There are definitely ways to speed up growth, like fine-tuning soil for optimal growth. For example taking the time to test soil and amend it with any deficient macro- or micro-...
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Improving Maple growth?

I tend to agree about the numbers game. Sugar maples run about 50% viable seed. The most frequent occurrence is that 1 seed of a samara (double wing helicopter) is viable. Your technique of getting ...
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Spreading existing bamboo patch deliberately

Timing is, IME, important. I got 3 bamboo (A Phyllostachys that I vary between thinking is one of 3 or 4 specific cultivars) that were rudely chopped off and dug up in the middle of the summer (the ...
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Does the garlic clove need to grow pointed end up?

Well it depends on what you want. If you are going to harvest it later on then you probably want to plant them mostly straight up and down. If you aren't harvesting, it'll probably grow just fine and ...
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Will a thick layer of coffee grounds cause girdling?

Girdling is the removal of a ring of bark around the circumference of a tree. This usually kills the tree and is often seen due to lawn mower or whipper snipper work. Mulching with any organic matter ...
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Is there anything I need to worry about when growing the mulberry tree?

Mulberry trees can grow roots that break up sidewalks and such. I wouldn't plant them next to a house, either. Mulberries with dark fruits may fall on the ground, people may walk on them, and if they ...
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Is it true that having only one fruit per vine makes it taste better?

I suspect that MOST of the cost is that this is a hassle/extra-labor item for the farmer (buying special boxes to put watermelons into, putting the boxes on the melons, etc.), rather than anything ...
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Is there a way to grow plants super fast while it still being organic (i.e. healthy)?

Plants are best grown at their own pace. I always joke about "Miracle Gro" asking people if they would feed their kids crack if that would help them grow faster. Jokes aside, when plants take their ...
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Does putting vegetables next to each other cause a conflict?

In this case, I would say there will be no problems. In general it is better not to repeat the same family of vegetables on the same spot (depletion of soil), and better not to have same families ...
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What causes tomato plants to bear large fruit?

While much good information has been provided, some is incorrect or partially correct. Tomatoes are primarily self pollinating, and not just to the extent of pollen being transferred between flowers. ...
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What is this weird growth on my cucumber?

Remove it. I don't think it is a tumor. Tumor are relatively rare in vegetables, because of short lifetime, and having a lot (really a lot) more genes. I think it is caused by insects (or other ...
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How long can an Opuntia (prickly pear cactus) live?

I don't know about centuries, but some species live a long time. The large species like Opuntia ficus indica develop woody stems and grow in a tree-like fashion. There are several other South American ...
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Is it possible to know if a small avocado plant is going to be a fruitful tree?

Most avocado plants are hybrids and seeds will not necessarily come true from seed. Fruit could be better, worse or the same. Also, avocados are large trees. Your chances of getting a crop from a ...
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