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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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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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Paving with asphalt where you grow food

Unlike a highway, the asphalt under the compost won't be collecting vehicle byproduct pollutants. But compost has been demonstrated to be an effective biofiltration method. So leave a layer at the ...
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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 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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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 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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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 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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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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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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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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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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Amend soil with wood chips - is there anything to be aware of?

You may want to do a soil test before adding all of that. Some wood chips might raise the acidity levels in addition to providing organic matter as they decompose.
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Questions from an organic lawn care beginner

Do not over fertilize. Fertilizer is not going to 'fix' your spots. I know cool season lawns very well. When I first read your question, I imagined sod being laid down without rolling to ensure proper ...
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Is Vigoro Triple Mix safe for growing tomatoes?

I don't know how many Vigoro triple mixes exist, if more than one, but the Vigoro triple mix that I've read about online since seeing your question is advertised as being usable for vegetables. So, ...
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How do I naturally or organically add iron supplements for my plants

One "organic" option to provide iron is dried blood fertilizer, also called "blood meal". "Blood, fish, and bone" meal is also available. Of course the blood came from slaughtered food animals, and ...
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What's the best way to eliminate slugs on strawberries?

I used diatomaceous earth against insects, but it never had real effect. So I don't use it anymore. I don't know if it should work on slugs too, since the mode of action of this powder is to scrub ...
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Dwarfing rootstock and bone meal

The answer to the first question is two questions: Have you had a soil test done? If not, do so before adding any soil amendments. If you have, is your soil deficient in calcium and phosphorus? If yes,...
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Can hydroponic/aeroponic produce be organic?

Probably none of the agencies give your products organic documents, but yes you can do it. If you prepare fusion with organic stinging nettle and a few other kinds of green plants you can grow organic ...
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I noticed spots being eaten from my rhubarb,what should I plant to prevent them from being eaten?

It's probably wasps. For some reason they love to eat holes in rhubarb leaves and stems. Normally they use dead wood or hogweed etc to build their nests so why live rhubarb I'm not sure. Would be ...
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