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Is it okay to grow root vegetables in soil enriched by manure?

There are two possible problems that could come from using manure on root vegetables, one of which only applies to fresh manure and the other is more applicable to fresh manure also. The first, and ...
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Is it okay to grow root vegetables in soil enriched by manure?

There is a big difference between manure from ruminants (e.g. cows) and non-ruminants (e.g. horses, chickens, etc). Non-ruminant herbivores produce poo which is relatively bulky and contains a lot ...
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Gardening calendar for vegetable beds

Your idea of green manure in winter is a good one, beans help put some nitrogen back into the soil. Otherwise the most simple rule for rotation is to leave it a while between plantings of things in ...
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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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Cleaning homegrown vegetables prior to consumption

If you subscribe to the hygiene hypothesis, then there's no need to wash anything. If you're not keen on eating insects and eggs, then a good immersion in warm salty water removes insects, and ...
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Brassicas seed saving

I guess you can do it as for other varieties? http://seedworld.com/cross-pollination-8/ Cover the flower heads. This technique (also known as "bagging") will need to be done before the flowers ...
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Is it okay to grow root vegetables in soil enriched by manure?

For pathogen concerns, stock/standard advice often enshrined in regulations is "not less than 120 days before harvest." So if you are adding fresh steer poop (which you should not, in most cases) do ...
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Is it okay to grow root vegetables in soil enriched by manure?

Root vegetables should be just as fine as any other root plant in my mind. They will take in those nutrients and everything like any other. I say they will be fine and that is that. Maybe they were ...
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Best time to harvesting blue vates kale

A good rule of thumb for Kale harvesting (and other plants) is to freely take any leaf that is losing a third of its sunlight to new growth. If you're harvesting for personal use, don't worry about ...
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Best time to harvesting blue vates kale

It's best to harvest kale after it's been through a frost. Like most leafy vegetables you can harvest 20% of the leaves for eating, and let the remainder keep growing. At my local farmers market, ...
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What's the environmentally safe way to get rid of worms that eat the vegetable plants?

The "cabbage worm" which is really a caterpillar of the cabbage moth is best prevented by preventing the moth from accessing the plant - hoops of floating row cover are commonly deployed over cabbage-...
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What is this dark leafy vegetable plant? What's causing holes in the leaves, and how can I help it?

This is not swiss chard. This is Tatsoi https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tatsoi The chard seed looks completely different than the brassica family seed of tatsoi. Tatsoi seed would look identical to ...
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What is this dark leafy vegetable plant? What's causing holes in the leaves, and how can I help it?

It is a Swiss chard. Just it had too much stress (cold?) so too many gems are awakes quickly, and they started to produce leaves. I would possibly expect also that the chard will start the second-...
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What disease does my Spinach have?

I'm not 100% sure because the black parts are blurry, but your "mold" looks suspiciously like aphids. I think I can see at least one specimen that's clear enough to see the legs (in the 2nd picture). ...
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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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Will lettuce seeds germinate in summer?

Lettuce seeds show "high-temperature inhibition", or, plainly put, won't germinate at temperatures over 85 °F / 30 °C. Considering the fact that they are native to the Mediterranean, that's a ...
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Brassicas seed saving

Cover the plants with lightweight fabric or row covers, and hand pollinate them yourself. It's a lot of work, and keep in mind that brassicas are biennial so you'll have to wait until year 2 to get ...
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What is eating my kale leaves

That looks like caterpillar damage to me. You can sometimes spot and remove the caterpillars at night, or else a spray with Bt (Safer brand "caterpillar spray") is a safe and organic way to kill them....
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Gardening calendar for vegetable beds

As you say, planting calendars are highly localised as even in a smallish area there may exist microclimates. What you are looking for in San Francisco can be found here http://smsf-mastergardeners....
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At what point does kale stop producing?

Depending on the zone you are raising Kale the main sign that that Kale plant will stop producing is when it flowers/produces seed. Bolts...keep those flowers off that plant, use higher nitrogen when ...
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Will lettuce seeds germinate in summer?

You also have the option to germinate the seeds indoors assuming temperatures will be much cooler and conducive to lettuce seed germination. You can then transplant them outdoors. In my case I do ...
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Reviving some soil using fertilizer, how long to wait before planting?

If you want a better chance of success you will dump the OLD soil out and replace it with POTTING SOIL. Do not use garden soil. Do not put rock or gravel below the soil and above the drainage hole. ...
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Has anyone seen this kind of eggs in their kale and strawberry?

Those are aphids. Aphids come in many colors including gray, black, red, yellow, green, and brown. And I've seen them turn orange in the fall (after a frost I think) on a plant I had. Spray with ...
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What is this low-growing leafy plant that looks like salad greens?

I believe this is a Mustard Green. Yummm. It's edible. Good habit to always ask before tasting, eating...
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can leafy greens push up through woodchips

New small leaves of tender plants like spinach don't have the strength to lift a wood chip. Neither does the new growth often make enough sideways progress underneath a piece to snake its way up ...
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Bury Rodents Compost

If its a wild rat, the risk is actually to you, when you're handling it, rather than any vegetables growing in your garden next year. They are known to carry various diseases, so its usual to glove up,...
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Can chard propagate itself?

If you examine the seeds of chard very closely you will see it is a bumpy mass of brown, and if you squeeze it a bit it falls apart into a powdery material with small black points inside it. The "seed"...
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Why do my cabbages droop in the sun?

Normal for small seedlings, yes, but it's not something you want to happen; keep them shaded or out of the sun until they have got bigger with more leaves and are more robust, they're too young and ...
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How can I have lettuce growing year-round?

Much as others have said, to grow lettuce year-round you'll probably have to use a temperature-controlled greenhouse, or else grow the lettuce indoors. Or do different things different times of the ...
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