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What mediterranean tree should I plant so my grandkids could build a tree house in a few years?

It's not so much the variety of tree which counts for making a small treehouse, it's more its maturity, size, climbability, and particular forking of branches that make it a suitable subject for one. ...
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Can I grow callisia repens turtle vine inside the house?

Should be fine - needs warmth and good daylight, but not having any sun as a houseplant is fine, even outdoors it prefers dappled sunlight or partial shade, see here https://www.gardenseeker.com/...
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How important is full sun for a Blue Spruce tree?

In my opinion, it is not a big deal. Six hours are enough. You can cut some branches of the other tree, and wait the spruce to grow, so it will get more sun. In nature, young tree tend to grow in ...
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What would be a good grass, available in seed, to plant for ground cover in a forest?

almost no mow shade grass This fine fescue is gorgeous as an understory ground cover. Make sure you mow it twice a year because when it starts falling over it will be so thick as to block any sun ...
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What would be a good grass, available in seed, to plant for ground cover in a forest?

Carex pensylvanica seed is available in quantity at Prairie Moon Nursery. The species is difficult to germinate, the cost is considerable at $300 per ounce of approximately 30k seeds, and the plant is ...
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What food crops grow well in a shady area?

If you check the area where you want to plant, you will be able to see what plants are already growing in these conditions, and that will inform you as to what sort of plants you might be able to grow....
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What are some low maintenance evergreens for an east facing partly-shaded bed?

I just want to pick up a couple of points you mention, the first regarding your intention to use membrane and pebbles; you appear to be saying you want evergreen shrubs to avoid the need to pick up ...
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How important is full sun for a Blue Spruce tree?

Blue spruces only need full sun to reach their top growth potential, they do not require it to be healthy. They will grow very well in shade, if they are not under another tree's dripline, and if ...
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How do I make seed starting green mulch form newspaper?

What you are probably thinking about it called hydroseeding. It's typically a blend of grass seed, some kind of wood fiber/cellulose and fertilizer. It is typically used in large scale seeding jobs ...
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Morning/Afternoon sun plants (vegetables)

Your greenhouse should be oriented east west. Your plant beds (and I recommend building your greenhouse over soil that you will simply add decomposed organic matter to as you build your beds and ...
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Trees or shrubs with decent shade that can grow in pots?

There are a number of issues with trying to grow a shade tree in a container. To get a good amount of shade you'll need a large container. Large container, lots of soil and water means lots of weight ...
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Can I plant Escallonia Apple Blossom as a hedge in partial shade?

Partial shade isn't a problem, though if its more than partial you may find flowering is reduced. However, you may want to reconsider your choice - Escallonia Leaf Spot is a fungal infection of these ...
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Trees or shrubs with decent shade that can grow in pots?

I agree with the other answers (tree in pot will not do much shadow). So I reframe: There are a lot of plant that you can put in arbor, which will give you a lot of shadow in summer, but relatively ...
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Can I plant sun-loving annual seedlings in partial shade if the area will have full sun in a few weeks?

If you've hardened them off in sunlight, so they're used to sun already, I'm afraid I'd recommend you pot them up and plant into the currently shady area when its brighter. If they've been hardened ...
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What can I plant between rows of sunchokes?

The problem with planting something that will grow all season is that it is going to need to compete with the sunchokes, which will be tall and aggressive. I think you might be able to get a round of ...
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What hedging plants will grow in a shady area?

Native, reasonably shade tolerant species to consider include yew, holly, privet, box, hawthorn, guelder rose and hazel. No matter what you go with it's essential you keep the base of the hedge (say a ...
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Best privacy trees under pine trees?

You won't be able to plant in between the trees because the soil will be full of roots from them - if you dig out or break too much root material, the trees will die. Anything you attempt to plant in ...
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Grape vine in shade predicament, will it fruit?

This sounds roughly similar to a tradtional grape arbor situation, where the vines grow up to a latticed support where they spread out, get sun, and create shade below. The parts in the sun (with ...
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Grape vine in shade predicament, will it fruit?

My vine grows up my porch, facing north west (and I'm located about 50°N). It does get a little summer sun but it's a shady spot. It fruits pretty prolifically -- last year we got over 4 kg in the ...
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Edible plants for very shady indoor location

Sheep sorrel. My yard is a small lot shaded by some trees and other buildings and this grows fine in mostly shady areas. But most food plants need some sun during the day. It has a tart lemony flavor ...
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How important is full sun for a Blue Spruce tree?

Go for it! This location is absolutely a perfect place for Picea pungens! I personally planted one last spring (and in a similar position to yours), and it endured unusually hot and dry summer ...
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How important is full sun for a Blue Spruce tree?

In the shade conifers do not do well. The only conifer that loves shade, does well in shade is the Yew. Conifers in the shade are stressed and regularly get the adelgid aphid and wooly aphid and it ...
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Trees or shrubs with decent shade that can grow in pots?

You can grow trees in pots. Many people do this. But you need a tree that is suitable for the pot, and isn't going to out grow the pot. Containers also tend to easily dry out so you need some way of ...
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What is this small, evergreen perennial in zone 6b?

That's a young helleborus (Lenten Rose). If the conditions are off, they can take a very long time to settle in. Probably a seedling. In zone 6b PA, they are evergreen and old leaves don't die back ...
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Garden plants that do not require full sunlight

You might try seeds grown in regions that are often cool, cloudy or rainy, if you want plants acclimatized to less light. They seem to do pretty well in the shade in my area, but maybe not so well in ...
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What can I plant in full shade that will provide color?

Very few plants flower in the shade. That is because reproductive material takes an awful lot of energy that is created from light and photosynthesis to make that energy. There are a few plants, ...
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Artichoke wilts at midday

Perhaps. How large is this pot? If it is less than 10 gallon pot forget it. I'd get your artichoke in a larger amount of potting soil in at least a 10 gallon pot and make sure you water very deeply. ...
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Mulch/compost over partially exposed roots

This can happen over time with mature trees - some varieties are more prone than others to this, and it's not always due to soil erosion. You describe the soil as clay and compacted, so it's possible ...
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Can leafy vines be used as shade?

By and large, no. Climbing plants trained up houses are there either for disguise (of a poor facade or something) but more usually simply for aesthetic reasons. Whilst a close cover of something like ...
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Will using reflective aluminum foil start a fire?

Aluminum foil can be very effective at reflecting light. There are better materials out there, like reflective mylar that are easier to work with. There is also a product called Reflectix which is a ...
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