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How should I 'close out' a garden bed before moving?

Since you say that these beds are small, one option would be just to plant vegetables, as if you were going to be continuing to garden - particularly lettuce, spinach and maybe beets. You could also ...
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What are these abnormal tomatoes on my tomato plant?

This looks like blossom end rot. Here is another source of info. According to the second link, which is from Clemson University: After tomatoes are planted, gardeners can minimize the potential ...
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What are the advantages and disadvantages of raised vegetable beds?

I'm kind of the opposite of stormy. I love gardening directly in the ground (that is my method of choice for most things). The only reason I use raised beds is because we have some. However, I do know ...
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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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Why use landscape fabric in a raised bed?

Without looking at your video, I would expect the landscape fabric is being laid as a weed mat to inhibit weeds from regenerating from roots left in situ and coming up in the middle of the raised ...
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How long does galvanised steel last, directly against soil, in a raised garden bed?

Galvanized corrugated steel longevity in contact with soil is dependent on four variables (chlorides, moisture content, pH, and resistivity) that have the most profound effect on the corrosion rates. ...
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Help me decide in a location for my raised bed garden

Full sun - most vegetables like as much sun as possible, although in very, very hot countries, some shade from the midday sun may be beneficial.The berries falling doesn't matter either way, but they'...
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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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Does a cucumber plant only produce one cucumber at a time

No a single plant can produce many cucumbers at once. It mostly depends on how long the cucumber vine as able to grow before flowering. The first flower is usually male, the ones that follow are the ...
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How can I grow ginger in my backyard?

You should really wait till late winter (in pots if its not warm enough outdoors) or spring time to plant, but assuming it's ginger root you're after, then yes, you can buy it from the grocery store - ...
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What is the useful life of a kale plant?

Most continuous production systems (tomatoes & peppers in greenhouses or the tropics being the major exception that comes to mind) do find it beneficial to replace old plants with young ones on a ...
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Is it ok to have a raised garden bed next to a house?

Personally, I like the separation. It will keep the back of the bed from rotting due to moisture trapped between the house and the raised bed. It looks like your siding could be wood, and putting ...
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Can I add soil to strawberries, creating a raised bed?

Like many other perennials, strawberry plants grow from a crown at ground level. If you add soil, it will result in elongated, weakened crown growth and eventually health failure. Instead, dig out ...
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Can I trim my potato plants?

Carrots are shade tolerant so I wouldn't remove the potato leaves. Any leaf reduction will reduce the amount of carbohydrates being stored in the tubers. If they're early season potatoes, you may ...
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Can compost be used as mulch?

Yes, absolutely. You do not need anything from the store, and you can use your home made compost as a mulch without adding anything on top. If your compost has been produced using a hot aerobic system ...
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Why shouldn't you use these woods when building a hugelkultur?

The types of wood that you have mentioned contain tannins that negatively affect the germination and the growth of the plants, nitrogen availability and photosynthesis. They are also toxic for some ...
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Does compost replace fertilizer?

No, you can not replace 'fertilizer' with compost. You do have to consider the amount of necessary chemicals available and what chemicals your particular compost adds. Fertilizing includes not only ...
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Does compost replace fertilizer?

No, but it could sensibly reduce or remove needs of fertilizers. It is not very probable that the compost has the required exact proportion of fertilizer. It is also not so probable that one single ...
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Does compost replace fertilizer?

I have never fertilised any of my vegetables or fruit trees apart from using compost and compost tea. I would challenge that you need to add fertiliser to your vegetable garden especially if you use ...
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How to protect young plants against frost?

I don't know about flowers, but for vegetables, I like to use humidity domes. I just cut off the bottom of a milk jug, throw the cap away and put it over my newly transplanted plants, if it still ...
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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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What are some vegetable plants to start from seed in July?

What would it be like to live in zone 9B? Gosh, you should be able to grow anything you want for a second crop. When is it that you get your first frost or do you even have to worry about that? For ...
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Why use landscape fabric in a raised bed?

One of the main reasons people build raised beds for vegetable gardens instead of planting directly in the ground is because it's often easier to fill a raised bed with a good soil than it is to try ...
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What's the best time to harvest Black Beauty zucchinis?

If I understand you right, you just want to know what size to harvest your zucchini at. Most people harvest them when they're small (maybe four inches long, give or take a few inches). They think ...
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Guiding zucchini growth off edge of raised bed

You could do this, and it'll be fine. Or you could stake, or trellis it too. This link talks of staking using rebar, and removing leaves below the fruit when it is removed. http://www....
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Cucumbers not producing

A lot of things could be happening. Lack of nutrients or too much fertilizer. Could also be the ph. Test the soil. Cucumbers like a ph of about 5.5. I would also put mulch on the ground around them so ...
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Can compost be used as mulch?

A mulch is anything that can be used to slow down evaporation of water from the soil, and inhibits the growth of weeds. You can use plastic, stones, and tree bark and other organic material. If you ...
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Can I train a Ground Cherry to climb a trellis or something else to get it off the ground?

It is possible to manage ground cherries, but they are a fairly wild plant. I have faced this same problem as you before. They can become utterly massive and sprawling and take over large areas. ...
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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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Blueberries in concrete block bed

Standard recommendation for 50 years or more (I have old books) has been to line concrete beds that will be used for acid-loving plants. In days of yore that would have been tar/asphalt type material -...
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