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How do I plant potatoes that sprouted in my pantry?

First, if the potatoes are big, you should cut them into smaller pieces so that you have one or two eyes (the bit that's sprouting) on each piece. Leave the cut pieces out for a day or so to allow the ...
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What is a good method for planting Ball and Burlap trees?

Time of year: Any time of year works, as long as the ground is not frozen, or the air very hot and dry. Obviously frozen ground will be 'hard to work with', and you will not be able to plant the tree ...
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Planting magnolia tree a little 'high'

There are a couple of problems with your description of how you're going to plant this tree. First, no plant should be planted less than a foot (as a minimum) away from a fence or wall, so if you ...
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What to do with 250 seeds!

Seed lasts quite a while. It is said at least 30 percent of your seed is non viable the next year but I've seen maybe 10 percent or really normal germination. Keep your excess seed in the dark, ...
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I need to grow one radish plant per pot, for a science experiment. How many seeds do I plant?

If you really need one plant growing in the center of the pot, then get 3 or 4 pots, mark them with numbers (so you don't bias your experiment by choosing the one that is "growing the best" or ...
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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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Are all plants able to be cloned?

The term you need is actually 'vegetatively propagated' rather than 'cloned'. The answer is, essentially, yes, by and large, almost all plants can be vegetatively propagated, though different parts of ...
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How do I plant potatoes that sprouted in my pantry?

Staring with the basics, potatoes will take about 12 weeks from planting to cropping, and the plants will be killed by the first frost. (The actual potatoes will be fine since they are underground, ...
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Is there a difference between seeds that are for planting vs sprouting? If so, what are they?

There is a difference, which is that typically the vegetable garden planting packet variety of seeds are selection is controlled. Plant vendors grow specific varieties of plants to be sold in food ...
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Reforestation in my town

You need to contact whatever your town's version of a city planner is. If you go around planting random trees, they're liable to poison them or cut them down. They don't want them growing into peoples ...
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What part of a blackberry bush do I plant to make a new bush

If we're talking about commonly referred to Rubus, most plants in the genus can be propagated 3 ways, by cuttings, by sectioning off suckers - the easiest if there are suckers present already, or by ...
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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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What is the proper way to plant a bush under an established fruit tree?

You can't - if you want to plant close to a tree, it has to be done when you first plant the tree, at the same time, in other words. You could plant near the apple tree, but not under the canopy.
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Should I try planting my plant in soil?

I've grown basil hydroponically using aquarium water for the nutrients and it looked a lot better than yours which needs a lot more sunlight. In fact most of the basil I see in the supermarket seems ...
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A webapp that enables gardeners to create planting calendars for their region. How can I improve it?

That's cool. I was impressed at some of the options you had, and the level of detail. Here are some things I think you could do to improve the site (take this with a grain of salt, since I didn't ...
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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 Sunchoke grow from "fingers"?

It will grow from wherever it has the means to sprout, as with potatoes. It is also almost impossible to eradicate once you establish a bed, so pick your location carefully, thinking about the long ...
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How close to space sweet basil?

6" tall and droopy sounds like insufficient light... Spacing depends on your intended use/harvest strategy, IME. Last year I did mine 9"x9" (23cm) with intention to harvest them younger than my ...
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Can I mulch a plant bed before planting in it?

Yes you can. I've had to do that numerous times in order to help suppress weeds until I can get the shrubs in. I would, however, recommend against it. It can be pretty annoying to have to move all ...
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First time gardener using a small raised planter - how to plant seeds?

Welcome to Vegetable Gardening! To start off, you want to prepare your soil. Mix some soil, compost and fertilizer in the planter. I prefer organic material but that is optional. In terms of ...
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I need to grow one radish plant per pot, for a science experiment. How many seeds do I plant?

If its radishes, and only one small pot, plant 3 or 4 seeds - thin out later after germination, when they've developed two true leaves each (the first 'leaves' are the cotyledons, and don't count) to ...
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Is there a difference between seeds that are for planting vs sprouting? If so, what are they?

There are specific radish varieties they have for sprouting (whether or not seeds sold as sprouting radishes are always varieties specific for sprouting; from CloneZero's answer it sounds like they're ...
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Planting yucca seed sprouts

They look fine. Roots will find its way down automatically via gravity, let nature take its course. The cotyledons (first leaves) will open soon. Nice that you have seeds from Yucca, most people use ...
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How should I grow Cornus sanguinea with respect to surrounding ground covering?

Cornus sanguinea usually provides dense shade when its leaves are out. It also gets woody fast. As the flowers and fruit are insignificant most people only plant it for the stem colour. As the stems ...
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Pinus pinea close to the house

I don't know that I'd consider it dangerous to plant the tree that close, but from a design perspective I wouldn't do it with any large tree - the tree will eventually dwarf the house and the effect ...
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Is it true: plants, that keep snakes away?

According to some research there is plants that act like snake repellent. Just keep in mind they are not guaranteed to work but here are a few plants that can help keep them away. In order from best ...
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How to plant herbaceous perennials under an existing tree without harming it

Just going by your description of how this tree roots, it doesn't appear ideal for planting around, either by digging or by raising the bed. So, I'd suggest placing containers with herb starters, ...
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Will Sunchoke grow from "fingers"?

Yes, I have sunchokes. The bigger the "finger", the more stored energy the tuber has, and the bigger the plant will be. I generally plant fingers/tubers that are at least 1 inch in the thickest ...
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I've read that burdock contact can cause irritation, where can I plant it?

Burdock does not cause irritation unless you are allergic/sensitive to it, which is rare. This is a good article: http://www.gardenersnet.com/vegetable/burdock.htm
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What should I do to papaya seeds prior to planting?

The removal of the membrane around papaya seeds (the sarcotesta) will slightly increase germination rate and slightly decrease germination time. Typically, sarcotestas exist so some of the many seeds ...
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