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Rollie pollies - are they harmful to vegetables?

The wood at the bottom of the bed looks pretty dark in comparison to the rest of the side. It's most likely that the woodlice are feeding off a decaying box, rather than anything in the bed. They'll ...
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Is it okay to grow root vegetables in soil enriched by manure?

There are two possible problems that could come from using manure on root vegetables, one of which only applies to fresh manure and the other is more applicable to fresh manure also. The first, and ...
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Is it okay to grow root vegetables in soil enriched by manure?

There is a big difference between manure from ruminants (e.g. cows) and non-ruminants (e.g. horses, chickens, etc). Non-ruminant herbivores produce poo which is relatively bulky and contains a lot ...
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What are the best garden uses for 5 gallons of used coffee beans?

We get 30 litres of coffee grounds once a month from the local deli. We're on a list of people who take the stuff to stop it going into landfill. It just goes straight into our compost pile. Newly ...
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Gardening calendar for vegetable beds

Your idea of green manure in winter is a good one, beans help put some nitrogen back into the soil. Otherwise the most simple rule for rotation is to leave it a while between plantings of things in ...
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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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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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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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Is it okay to grow root vegetables in soil enriched by manure?

For pathogen concerns, stock/standard advice often enshrined in regulations is "not less than 120 days before harvest." So if you are adding fresh steer poop (which you should not, in most cases) do ...
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What USDA zones can I grow Yacon in?

Yes, you can, provided you have a warm and sunny spot - like where tomatoes would be happy. Currently there are ongoing promising studies from the University of Hohenheim regarding commercial ...
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What is this root "vegetable"?

I think what you have here is a slightly misshapen Sugar Beet. Both Beetroot and Sugar Beets are Beta vulgaris, they're just different cultivars. The seeds are identical so telling them apart at ...
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Which root edibles can be harvested in the following years after they are planted?

You could plant sunchockes, otherwise called Jerusalem Artichoke, earth apple, topinambour. This was widely used during WW2 in remote campaign places in France at least. And it will grow beautiful ...
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Why did my sunchokes barely produce?

While wild sunchokes may grow from a meadow, they don't produce like John Kohler's do either. For production, I'd keep the soil soft, and all other plants away. Lots of compost would help a lot. Deep, ...
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What relevance does fungal dominance have to a vegetable garden?

I'm not sure it's something you should worry about for home grown vegetables. The soil will contain mycorrhizae of various fungi anyway, though unfortunately, during the planting process, you are ...
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How will I know when beetroot is ready to harvest?

A full-sized beet is about 2-3" in diameter. Generally, the top of the root is visible above the soil, and you can guesstimate the root's size based on what you can see. It is OK to pick them smaller, ...
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What is this root "vegetable"?

I think it is really a beetroot (Beta vugaris). Just there are many different sorts. This seems something in direction of Swiss chard. Probably the seeds got mixed.
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Carrots grown in my backyard look different

The outside is just fine. Supermarkets and the farms that feed them throw away carrots that aren't "perfect", giving the myth that there is exactitude to the shape of the carrots The inside is a ...
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Is it okay to grow root vegetables in soil enriched by manure?

Root vegetables should be just as fine as any other root plant in my mind. They will take in those nutrients and everything like any other. I say they will be fine and that is that. Maybe they were ...
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What relevance does fungal dominance have to a vegetable garden?

I think you are overthinking it. It is not difficult to have a vegetable garden, so I expect that the conditions to growth vegetables are there naturally. This seems true for most vegetables. There ...
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What relevance does fungal dominance have to a vegetable garden?

Soil associated fungi are classed into three broad groups: Decomposers - saprophytic fungi are able to decompose complex carbon based structures such as lignins, and cellulose found on the forest ...
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Why don't people cultivate sarana (Kamchatka Lily)?

Assuming, we stick with Lilium medeoloides as the species in question, yes it is "readily grown" according to one supplier and suppliers do exist (in the UK at least). The difficulty I could see is ...
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My second year garlic has flowers. Is it safe to eat?

Yes, garlic flowers are delicious. Pull the petals off and use them in your cooking. We generally put them in salads, on steaks, in rice or mashed potatoes.. Etc.
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Should I remove the flower shoots of shallots?

Just let it flower and drop the seeds into your bed and give you lots more clumping onions. Or take the flower off when it's in bloom and grab the seeds. That's what I do. It's only going to affect ...
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Why don't people cultivate sarana (Kamchatka Lily)?

Gardeners are very utilitarian people. We like to see a good return for the effort expended, and we look after our needs before our wants. The staples such as beans and potatoes and corn produce well ...
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When to cut chives for drying, and can I separate them?

These should really be growing outdoors - the only reason they're so tall is because of insufficient light. Chives like full sun if possible, and outdoors if possible. In regard to separating the 4 ...
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How many walking onions will a walking onion produce in a season?

They aren't incredibly fast, but do spread. A single plant I put in about 5 years ago is now a solid patch about 1' by 3' long. I have done some weeding out of plants that spread where I didn't want ...
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How will I know when beetroot is ready to harvest?

In addition to the great response from @michelle, if you planted these from seeds or bought them in the store, they typically have a harvest time on them. That along with the tips from @michelle is a ...
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What makes sunchokes bumpy?

There are supposedly varieties that are somewhat smoother than the standard / common variety. I have not personally grown those, so I don't know if there's any truth to that claim. If I opt to put a ...
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Gardening calendar for vegetable beds

As you say, planting calendars are highly localised as even in a smallish area there may exist microclimates. What you are looking for in San Francisco can be found here http://smsf-mastergardeners....
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Why don't people cultivate sarana (Kamchatka Lily)?

I agree that Kamchatka lily is Fritillaria camschatcensis - assuming that's the plant you mean, it requires acid, humus rich soil that is well drained but never dries out, and relatively shady ...
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