David Liam Clayton
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Why do many landscapers put gravel around the base of buildings?
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You don't want water-retaining soil sitting against the building because this causes damp problems. Creating a porous soakaway like this will mean any water sinks to a lower level than would cause any ...

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Is this underground compost system likely to work?
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Normally with a compost heap you either need to be able to take material out out of the bottom (via some kind of door), or to turn the heap over. This is because you will be putting new material on ...

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I thought I was growing cauliflowers
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This looks very much like romanescu, it's normally green but there seem to be pictures of purple ones on Google. As far as going to seed; the head on cauliflower or broccoli is a flower, so they don't ...

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What kind of gourd is this?
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I'm fairly sure that's a bottle gourd. In my experience butternut squash fruits start out quite ovate and then develop a swelling when they get larger (or don't). Also all the butternut flowers I've ...

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How should I deal with garlic rust after the harvest?
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I would not intentionally compost any plant material with a fungal infection. Fungal spores stay dormant in the soil. Good horticultural practice says you'll plant your garlic elsewhere next year, so ...

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Why are my cilantro leaves turning brown?
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Most plants form a pair of cotyledons or "seed leaves" upon germinating, which don't look like the other, subsequent leaves. These only serve to get growth started, and you should expect them to ...

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Do young plants prefer their pots be rotated?
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What is actually happening when a plant bends towards the light, is that the cells on the darker side develop in an elongated manner. If you turn the plant round and round as it grows, it will ...

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How to prune a fiddle leaf fig tree
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Plants exhibiting what is called "apical dominance" grow continuously from an "apical" bud (at the end of the shoot), and suppress outgrowth from "axillary" (lateral) buds. Removing the apex (cutting ...

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Can I grow blackberries (brambles) from cut back stems?
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In my experience (of cutting down huge masses of brambles on my allotment) they don't grow from cut stems lying on the ground. They will root from vines rambling across the ground so if the live ...

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Trellis for Upright Blackberries?
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The advice I've read about blackberries is based on managing the plant, harvest and cutting back. Basically the idea is that they fruit on last year's growth, so you need to allow a certain number of ...

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Will mowing sprouting silver maple saplings eventually kill them?
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Yes, as long as they are not established already, mowing them will kill them pretty much straight away. The only concern I would have is if they are suckers sprouting from the roots, such as happens ...

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What to do when cucumbers are turning yellow and dying but leaves are ok
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This looks like what we in the UK call "blossom end rot". It occurs to all cucurbits and seems to affect the earlier fruits in the season. I've heard it blamed on environmental conditions (cold ...

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Can you identify this flower?
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This looks like calendula, otherwise known as pot marigold, to me.

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Growing fava beans when too hot for flowering; since perennial, will they eventually fruit later in the year?
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In temperate UK, fava beans (or "broad beans" as we call them) are planted either in fall or spring. Both will crop in the summer after planting. The reasons we plant the previous year are mainly to ...

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What plant is this? Not sure whether this is a weed or a ground cover plant
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Looks like some kind of speedwell, and and I would consider it a weed if it was on on near my lawn, flower beds, or vegetable garden. It's an annual and can be picked out beds easily, but it's more ...

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Is there way to encourage a jade plant to grow new branches from the woody trunk?
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Generally the way to make a plant sprout new shoots is to remove the growing tip of the main stem/s, as this will encourage the initiation of other meristems (buds). I'm not sure how you would specify ...

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How to tell if I have multiple seedlings/when to remove secondary seedlings?
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I'd wait till they've got one or two true leaves, then you can identify and carefully remove any deformed or otherwise less healthy-looking ones. I've just done this with my squash plants, they were 6-...

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Could I use fleece covering over blackcurrant plant in England all year round?
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As others have pointed out, a shroud of fleece will trap moisture and prevent airflow, encouraging fungal diseases. It will also prevent pollinators getting to the flowers, but this is only an issue ...

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Plant (weed?) Identification
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So, I can finally identify this as campanula (bellflower). I noticed some in my neighbour's garden and asked her if she'd planted hers. So said she had not, so goodness knows where it's all seeded ...

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Apple tree limb rooting
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A better approach to this might have been to graft the cutting into an existing tree or rootstock. Most commercially grown apple trees are the product of grafting, firstly because trees do not come ...

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What kind of bug is this?
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It appears to have 8 legs and some kind of claws, which would make it an arachnid but not a spider, and given it has no stinging tail, I think it's a pseudoscorpion. EDIT - here we are... https://en....

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How to pinch off small harvests from thyme plants?
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Ordinarily the answer to your question would be that you need to cut or pinch off all the long stems, immediately above a bud (or pair of leaves). Assuming that the longest of these stems are about 5" ...

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Which plant can co-exist with the other plant?
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Further to the above answers (which may not be what you wanted to hear). Rosemary and oregano are perennials (rosemary is evergreen, oregano is not). You don't want to plant a rosemary which will live ...

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Is my tree starting to rot?
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What you're looking at there is not the bark, but the heartwood of the tree which has been exposed via some kind of injury to the outer layers of the tree. The heartwood is effectively "dead" anyway ...

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Raised bed soil: local dirt and compost 50/50 mix?
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Water binds to clay particles, so soil with clay in locks in moisture which then does not easily evaporate but which is accessible by plants' roots. If your local soil has some clay in its structure ...

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Can I grow an apple tree by planting an apple from a nearby tree?
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If you think about the reason why fruit exist, it is to employ animals to disperse the seeds far away from the parent tree. So if this works (which we can assume it does based on the principles of ...

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What causes this strangling on the stem
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I would suggest that they are being eaten by slugs or snails. My tomato plants get the same treatment even when growing on in the cold frame where there are no other pests.

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How to maintain these plant roots close to the ground?
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Any better idea? Instead of pushing them down, you could build a fence of some kind that you can train it along. If they're vines (as opposed to roots), then you may even be able to encourage them to ...

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What kind of vegetable plant might this be?
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I think that is a wild tobacco plant - Nicotiana Glauca... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicotiana_glauca

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Do I need to remove all of the small unknown roots from my raised bed?
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Are you sure they're not from your vegetable plants? If they were from a fir tree then I think that would be obvious - they would be connected to the tree by some more substantial roots. I don't ...

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