TeresaMcgH
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How do you tell if a tree is male or female?
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Some trees have a single "gender" but many do not. The way to tell is to see if the male (pollen) parts are present on separate flowers on different trees from the "female" (ovary - ie, infant fruit) ...

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Do strawberry runners start from age zero?
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A healthy strawberry runner is considered to be a "new" plant. Many of the long-term strawberry beds I've read about use runners as a way of renewing the beds every year or every other year, and as a ...

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How can I discourage venomous snakes from living in my property?
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Snakes generally hang out where they can find food and shelter. To discourage them, you need to remove both incentives. Blocking out the porch is a good first step. You also need to remove any ...

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Venus flytrap/Dionaea muscipula doesn't grow traps anymore
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Your plant doesn't look like it's happy in the conditions it is growing in. For example, it definitely doesn't look like it is getting enough light. Here are some tips for coaxing your plant back ...

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Can I still use the mint leaves after the plant has flowered?
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Mint leaves are just fine to use any time, including after the plant has flowered. The flavor may not be quite as strong as it was before it flowered, so you may need to add more leaves to your jelly ...

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What to do about carrots that don't seem to be growing?
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I can think of a couple of possible issues that could cause otherwise healthy carrots to not grow well or to appear not to be growing well. One, carrots prefer cooler temperatures for maximum growth. ...

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What is this native North American ground cover?
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It looks like Chrysogonum virginianum. Here is an excerpt from a nursery site: Commonly known as Goldenstar or Green and Gold, Chrysogonum virginianum is a beautiful wildflower that is native to ...

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What to do about grubs in vegetable garden and potted tree?
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Grubs like the one you've pictured feed on plant roots. If there are a lot of them, then yes, they are doing damage. You may just not be noticing it yet. The worst part is they will eventually pupate ...

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Placement of a front yard raised vegetable garden
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Dog pee once in a while on the ground won't hurt anything, especially with the amount of rain you likely get - but if it's happening a lot then it can "burn" your plants with the excess nitrogen and ...

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What's a good method for pruning an apple tree?
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Many apples fruit from multi-year-old "spurs" - specialized branches that mostly grow the clusters of flower buds. It sounds to me like you may have accidentally pruned a lot of your fruiting spurs ...

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What Are The Fastest Vegetables to Grow
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Let me see if I understand what you are asking... you want to know what kind of traditionally grown vegetable plants put out a regular harvest of edible produce the fastest once mature? If so, here ...

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Can anyone identify this weed seen near Toronto?
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Looks like an immature dandelion to me.

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What is this pest attacking and killing a douglas fir?
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While the drawing you have uploaded doesn't match any Douglas Fir specific beetles I've been able to locate online, the damage you described sounds very much exactly like the kind of damage a bark ...

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What is this plant growing in my backyard?
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It looks like grain sorghum to me, and probably arrived in your yard via the birds, as it is a popular component of commercially packaged bird feed. The fact that it's near a fence would tend to give ...

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How long does Spinach produce?
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Spinach is a crop that likes the weather to be on the cooler side. Spring sown spinach will generally begin to go to seed when the days become long and the temperatures are consistently in the upper ...

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What can I do to grow larger green onions?
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How much sun are they getting? Onions need close to full sun in order to do really well. Onions are also considered moderately heavy feeders - this means that the compost you are using may not ...

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What kind of disease does my orange tree have?
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Those look like citrus mites to me. But it also looks like your tree may have been suffering from heat and/or moisture stress. This makes it much more susceptible to infestations of this sort, so as ...

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How do I prune cucumbers?
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You don't say where you are growing your cucumbers. (IE, greenhouse, outside, covered bed, etc.) If you could give more information it would be helpful. The kind of intense pruning you are talking ...

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Can a plant be too mature to transplant?
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I gardened for many years in Zone 4b/5a at 9/10ths of a mile elevation before moving to Zone 8a last summer. For many of the plants you mentioned, age of the transplant is not a huge issue, as long ...

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Orchids not flowering
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Okay, from your picture, those are Phalaenopsis orchids. They seem to be doing well in the light level you are giving them, although I don't think they need to be under a light 24 hours a day. In ...

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What could cause my coriander plant to start browning?
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You may be watering too much if your soil is wet all the time. The top inch of soil should be allowed to dry out before you water your plants again, and the pot should be allowed to drain freely in ...

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Should I prune my Autumn-fruiting raspberries?
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We've grown Autumn Bliss for years - it's a great variety! Yes, you should be able to prune now. Once a cane has fruited and you have taken all the fruit you want from it, cut it down to near the ...

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What's a good ground cover to cover a rock wall in heavy shade in Massachusetts?
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Here is another option: Chrysogonum virginianum from an earlier post titled What is this native North American ground cover?

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Why is my new Acer tree dying?
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If your pot does not have drainage holes, then it's possible the soil in your pot has become waterlogged and "sour." Adding rocks and sod to the bottom is not enough to provide consistent and proper ...

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Planting to deter cats
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Cats will also generally avoid the largest sizes of bark mulch - say, 3-4 inches in diameter or larger. They have a hard time standing on it because it is "tippy" and an even harder time scratching in ...

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What should I do about squiggly white lines on my artichoke leaves?
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I agree - it's leafminers. There are several kinds of insects with larvae that do this sort of damage, but one thing they all have in common is they are rapidly becoming resistant to the usual ...

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Sprouting dried avocado pit
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If they are all dried out then they are dead. Avocado pits need to be planted pretty quickly after being removed from their fruit. On your first success, how did you start the pit? The method I'...

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What is a good shrub for privacy for the Pacific Northwest USA?
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Bamboo might be a good option as they are evergreen, grow fairly tall and also grow pretty fast here. There are clumping varieties available that don't attempt to escape your yard, but a root barrier ...

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Can a string trimmer be used for a whole yard or thick grass?
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String trimmers tend to leave the cut edges of grass rough and ragged, which is unsightly as well as not good for the grass plants. The strings on the trimmer are also generally not good for more than ...

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Is this mint fungus, or over/under watering my plant?
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Like your coriander, you may be overwatering your mint as well. Although mint likes moist soil, the key here is "moist" and not "wet." Unless you are experiencing very high temps and very low ...

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