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I noticed spots being eaten from my rhubarb,what should I plant to prevent them from being eaten?

Step one - if the holes are not particularly large/numerous, ignore them, you don't eat the leaves anyway unless you have a death-wish. Step two - identify the pest - often a quick trip at night with ...
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How should I care for my multi-variety apple and pear trees?

You definitely need to do some pruning. Before you start pruning a tree, you should find all of the graft points. Since you have multi-graft trees, there should be one graft at the point where each ...
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Should we use glyphosate (or other non-ecological chemicals) in our gardens?

Glyphosate is a blanket herbicide. It's not used in gardens. Weeds are controlled in gardens by proper tilling (very little), mulching (carbon for walkways, compost near plants), and pulling. No one ...
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Can hydroponic/aeroponic produce be organic?

This is debatable. So there is no clear answer and lots of opinions. You can theoretically derive hydroponic fertilizer from 'organic' sources and not synthetically produce them (from chemical ...
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Is there an organic way to remove wild strawberries from a lawn?

Depending on how big your area is, vinegar (acetic acid) could be a option. You can test household vinegar in a small area to see how well it works; however, since wild strawberry is a perennial, you ...
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What is the name of the French pioneer of organic/sustainable farming?

The berms of branches and twigs practice is referred to as Hügelkultur The technique dates back a few centuries in Germany and Eastern Europe. In the 1960's it gained new life when Sepp Holzer (an ...
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Can I use greens, such as grass, as a fertilizer for tomatoes?

If you have a household, you can generate enough waste to start some Bokashi bins. You can purchase these from Green Zone Egypt. These create compost in buckets but the process needs to be finished ...
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Can I use greens, such as grass, as a fertilizer for tomatoes?

In my experience, composting in place in a pot does not work well. I would recommend against that option. Given that you don't have space for a compost pile and will be growing in containers, I ...
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Planting non organically grown plants in organic garden

Really all plants are organic (and by the way also few fertilisers and pesticides). The definition is about using product produces (by humans) with chemical synthesis. On your garden, you know how ...
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Why are some of my pumpkin plants wilting, and showing what looks like stem rot?

From the images and description, this most likely represents an infection by Fusarium solani f. sp. cucurbitae. The first symptom usually noticed in the field is wilting of the leaves. Within ...
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Using own hair and nail clippings as fertilizer?

Best not used directly as fertilizer around plants, but its fine to add both as a component of your compost heap. Both take a while to break down, and large quantities might cause problems, because ...
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What's the best way to care for and feed my strawberry plants?

Strawberry plants can produce fruit for 6 years or so but production rapidly drops off after the first few years with onset of diseases and pests. So, the best thing to do is toss them and start ...
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Do white butterfly decoys work against Pieris rapae?

They do not help at all. The presence of another butterfly will often attract these, and you will often see numbers of them visiting the same plants. Even when finding a spot to lay eggs. They avoid a ...
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What is the best organic way to defeat slugs?

Sluggo is highly effective, and it is now OMRI listed: Sluggo gets OMRI seal of approval - aka organic.
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What is the best organic way to defeat slugs?

Here in coastal Maine the nonnative, invasive slugs and recently, snails, are serious pests in my garden. I've tried numerous approaches to control them, and beer did not kill them. I was disconcerted ...
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Should we use glyphosate (or other non-ecological chemicals) in our gardens?

I'll chip in my contribution here anyway, despite an answer being accepted, J. Chomel. Roundup is a big issue - I haven't used it for 8 years once I found out its worse than glyphosate on its own, ...
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What are the natural predators of snails/slugs?

The main natural predators include hedgehogs, some birds (song thrush for instance), some beetles, shrews, frogs, and newts. There's a more comprehensive list in this link http://www.haywardm.supanet....
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Diatomaceous earth: food grade or not?

I do not use this in my gardens. I only use it sparingly, in certain areas, for serious infestations. Slugs love beer. I pour a bit of beer in a shallow bowl, and they crawl in at night and ...
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What is this ladybug-like insect that is damaging my kale, and how can I control it?

This insect is the Harlequin cabbage bug. After examining the picture linked to by pnuts, I returned to the garden and found instances of both versions of this bug. I assume that these two colorations ...
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How do I prune boxwoods to control for boxwood leaf miner?

Also, bear in mind that pruning depends on how badly your plants are infested. You could easily snip off a leaf or two, but when it's your entire plant you definitely need to take other pest control ...
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What's an organic way to discourage crabgrass from a large "lawn"?

Corn gluten meal (CGM) which is a byproduct of some corn processing methods and can be attained very cheaply in a raw form from a grain mill, or purchased for quite a bit more money as a “natural / ...
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Which method of growing food crops leads to the healthiest plant with the highest nutrient density?

There is some evidence which suggests that food produced organically in soil has more nutrients than food grown non organically. With regard to hydroponics, I don't have any information, but given ...
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Which method of growing food crops leads to the healthiest plant with the highest nutrient density?

There is not evidence either way about which taste better, and which have more nutrients. However, organic farming is generally associated with sustainable techniques which reduce or eliminate the ...
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Can I use greens, such as grass, as a fertilizer for tomatoes?

You should start a compost pile. From the linked source, be aware that the type of material you compost does make a difference in how much nitrogen you get in the end. IE: fruit & vegetable ...
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What is the best organic way to defeat slugs?

Hand picking worked very well for me. I collect them with (old-recycled) plumbing pliers and put them into a bucket with water at the bottom, and moving the water within the bucket detaches the slugs ...
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Should we use glyphosate (or other non-ecological chemicals) in our gardens?

Using blanket herbicides disturbs the billions of bacteria, fungi and other organisms in the soil, and although they might kill the weed in question, they deplete the soil of the biological diversity ...
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Organic mulch for raised bed

I quite happily steal from the lawn (and neglected hayfield, if you have access to one) to feed the garden - fresh grass clippings make a great mulch IF you don't get them more than 2-3" deep in any ...
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Can Nicotiana alata be used as an aphid "honeypot"?

First of all, my experience with Nicotiana alata only involves trapping Trialeurodes vaporariorum because my other plants didn't get aphids or mites (yet). In spring I have received four 6-inch (15 ...
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