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If you grow potatoes the "traditional" way (i.e. the traditional way in the UK) the seed potato ends up under about 12 inches of soil. Basically, the potato grows roots from the tuber that you plant, and the new potatoes form on those roots. You don't get more roots or potatoes growing from the "stem" of the plant. The main reason for ...


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I have some experience with this, I think - I am in London, UK, and I tend a plot in an allotment next to a small river, and I am pretty much at the lowest point in the allotment, or I was, but more about that. It used to flood badly every winter, not least because it is, like much of London, on dense clay. Digging the soil the first year was like digging ...


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English Ivy will grow anywhere (at least in the UK, and your profile says you are in London). If you are trying to save a bit of money by filling the base of the planter with it, don't try that idea!


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This answer assumes that you'll be planting ornamentals, not vegetables. If you're more interested in vegetables, then I would relocate the garden and not try raised beds in that area (after all, would you really like to slog through that muck to pick veggies?) For ornamentals, another version of Peter's quote is really landscape design 101: "Right ...


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Moss is usually a sign that there is too much shade for anything else to grow. Think of old trees, moss is usually found on the North side of the stems where the sun don't shine. Vegetables and certainly tomatoes need a lot of direct sunlight. I think you'll have to reconsider the location for your vegetable garden.


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I grew 3 ground cherries (aunt Mollie's) for the first time this year and wow! The most prolific one I forced into a tomato cage // (should have done it when it was a little younger, but it's ok.) It then proceeded to start sort of climbing up a trellis / arbor that backs up to that raised bed, along with 2 indeterminate tomato plants (which don't seem ...


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Leaf miners for sure, 100%. If you feed your beets well with good quality fertilizer they can outgrow miners and have an awesome crop still, of both leaves and roots. Liquid seaweed, compost tea, a good all purpose fertilizer, ect or any combo of the above can work.


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I am not completely sure what you mean by using three racks, but I'm picturing something like your innovative door-turned shelf at your three specified heights all on your deck. If my mind's picture is what you are suggesting, I do not think there is much danger in setting up a vertical garden in this way, but I think you will be constrained by space and ...


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No, this is not blight. Caused by normal everyday fungus and it is called Shot hole as well as other names. A drop of liquid that happens to have the fungal spores in it splashes upon the leaves. The plant itself manages this fungus by causing the spot to die and fall out leaving a blank hole. Pretty cool. Definitely no big deal. What I am seeing, ...


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Heat treatment of pallets is a one-off treatment to kill any pests (for example insect larvae) living in the wood, to prevent spreading them around the world when the pallet is used for international transport. It doesn't offer any protection against rot, or any long term protection against the wood being re-infected by the pest species. Your fungi are ...


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The flowers are irrelevant, except that the small green "fruits" you will get when the flowers die are toxic, so you might want to remove them if you have children or pets that might try eating them. Some potato varieties flower, others do not. The conventional time to harvest the crop is when the foliage begins to die. Some varieties will continue ...


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Verticillium is a fungus disease of plants which can exist in a dormant form in soil for many years (much longer than two years). It doesn't spread by any other method except direct contamination. If you work with dirty tools or wearing muddy boots, you can transfer it just as effectively over a distance of 8 feet or 80 miles. On the other hand, there is no ...


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The sort of plants you can grow in your garden will depend on just how wet it is. If you're only talking about the occasional flood you may well be able to get away with a lawn or what you call a "traditional garden". Don't forget that many plants prefer wet or boggy soil. Rather than going for an engineering solution, such as raised beds, why not ...


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One solution I once saw (and it is not my idea, but seems to work) with raised beds is to designate a rotation pattern (say squash, potatoes, corn, beans, roots) and load all the manure onto the year 1 bed. The idea is that squash can tolerate a lot of fresh-ish manure, spuds can handle it after a year, corn after 2 years and so on. So in a given year only ...


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Looks like sap from when the board was freshly cut. Not a problem.


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None of the answers seem to directly address the specifics of a raised bed. My yard has very poorly draining soil and lots of rabbits so I decided to build a raised bed. I wanted it to drain well and I wanted it fairly high to keep the rabbits out and not having to kneel to tend it. On each side of the bed I used 2 cedar 2X12 boards stacked with pre-made ...


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Although it's often said that pillbugs (AKA rollypollies) are harmless, they will mow down seedlings, sometimes, especially if there's a lot of uncomposted organic matter near them. To stop them from doing this, just pick up all the pillbugs and put them somewhere else. Then, remove all the uncomposted organic matter from around the seedlings (so as not to ...


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I have a raised bed directly up against the concrete foundation of my garage. A little background information: The garage is on a small hill, so the foundation is about three feet high; the raised bed is against two feet of the foundation, with one foot exposed above it. Above that is a dark-green wooden clapboard wall. The bed and garage are in full sun, ...


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Good to consider, and yes, that would be very probable. In fact, some paints such as that are actually designed to deteriorate so as to shed bits of paint to keep looking nice and bright! So, it sort of depends on what's in the paint, but it seems like it would be an extremely poor idea to have any paint ingestion! Another consideration might be that it ...


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Maybe just patient with them, as it takes a couple weeks for transplants to stabilise; the way they were planted matters too. If the roots were sort of loosened, then they should be ok, as long as some good soil is well around them, and they're watered in etc. The tomatoes(likely) & peppers flowering is a good sign, just keep them adequately and evenly ...


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If you purchased the plants from a box store or from a nursery that does not raise its own stock, then it's possible your plants had too much growth inhibitor applied to them. This link shows a commercial product that is used to treat plants for better shipping. If I'm right, it's possible that the plants will eventually metabolize (if that's the word I want....


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Thanks for the extra information. Given your bed is sitting on soil and is able to drain, over watering shouldn't be an issue. Water when the surface of the soil feels just about dry to the touch; water well with a few litres (I would probably use 5, maybe 6 litres). Any excess will drain away. You will need to water more often as the plants grow larger, ...


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There are other benefits to mulching. The layer of mulch on top is meant primarily to do two things; it should be applied when the soil beneath is already moist, when it will help to stop the soil drying out too quickly, and if the layer is 2 inches or more deep (but not sitting against the stems of your plants), to suppress or discourage weed growth. Over ...


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Mostly patience is helpful in these situations. The weather has been a bit cooler than normal in N. America this spring so your beans and onions may be just reacting to that. hings are about to change for the warmer, so keep an eye on them and if they continue to perform poorly then sacrifice a couple of plants of each to examine the roots - if something is ...


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