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Is this an ant colony on this fig tree?

You've got a bad infestation of fig wax scale. The ants are there for the honeydew, and are ant-farming. You want to get rid of the scale, they're basically living off of your plant, using up ...
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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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What variety of Goumi berry will thrive under an apple tree in USDA zone 4a?

Goumi bushes can be a bit tricky to buy. There are only a handful of nurseries in the US that sell them, most of those do not sell named varieties, and some of them are even selling other Elaeagnus ...
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Can I add soil to strawberries, creating a raised bed?

You can definitely transplant strawberries. Best thing would be to remove the strawberry plants (especially the younger ones) completely, build a raised bed per your requirements and then plant the ...
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Soft Fruit - Canes or Large Potted Plants?

I don't know where you are, but in the UK, bare root plants (any bare root plant, including fruits) will only be supplied in early winter through to late winter/very early spring (February/March) for ...
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What should I do with blackberry bushes that only produce a small number of berries?

I'm in the UK, so not sure if what we call blackberries are the same as what you call blackberries. Anyway, are you sure you're pruning them properly? For my blackberries, every winter I cut to ground ...
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Why should I not grow 2 different types of raspberries in the same bed?

Black raspberry gets anthracnose mold which can spread to red and yellow raspberry. U of IL recommended over 100 ft of separation. I have grown red (September) with a yellow together and had no ...
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Are volunteer gooseberry bushes worth saving?

Gooseberries are always grown from cuttings commercially because this is very dependable, and the plants stay true to type. Since you aren't purposefully hybridizing for certain traits, the seedlings ...
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Cloning currants shouldnt be this hard..?

Try winter hardwood cuttings instead of softwood summer cuttings. With a little rooting hormone (I like good old dip n grow), and almost no effort, you can get 40-60% survival, which works out pretty ...
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Help identify please .. fruit in south of France

Based on two comments, this could be feijoa. Native to South America, it’s been since grown around the world both as ornamental plant and for their fruit. Disclaimer: As for all identification ...
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Strawberry leaves have purple-red rust spots

This is probably common spot of strawberry. I think this infection may have happened because you were too kind to the plants in the cold frame where they did not get enough ventilation. Here in Canada ...
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On the history of tomatoes

According to http://www.britishtomatoes.co.uk/tomato-facts/history/ tomatoes were originally grown in Europe for their flowers and decorative foliage, not for their fruit. The original fruits were ...
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What to do about a flowering currant covered with white disease or fungus?

In the end my only practical option. I hope I've done enough to deal with this now!
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Can I add soil to strawberries, creating a raised bed?

I have been raising my strawberry bed soil level gradually for several years (zone 7). I add no more than 1 inch of soil height per year during the winter (along with fertilizer and amendments). Any ...
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