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Can quinoa be grown in the UK?
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Quinoa, unlike Amaranth, likes cool summers, so it should grow fine in the UK. There are some new selections that are bred to grow in the Pacific Northwest of the United States, which is a maritime ...

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Are old raspberry canes required to be chopped off?
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Another thing to keep in mind is older canes may harbor insect pests (borers, for example) and allow them to overwinter in your raspberry patch, making the next year's fight against infestation a lot ...

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Peat Pellet Tomatoes: When to cut the weaklings?
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Generally, one will cut off the unwanted seedlings once at least one of the seedlings in the group has 2-3 real leaves showing. If there is a good reason to cut the culls off before that (for example,...

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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 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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How can I keep squirrels from digging in my pots and gardens?
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Mulching with largish rocks (3-4 inches in diameter or better) can help keep them out of your potted plants. If you pick rounded river rocks or other interesting stones, it can also create an ...

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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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Does new lawn/sod need aeration?
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"Aeration" is where the lawn service folks use a machine to poke "holes" in thick grass sod, in order to let the air and moisture penetrate beneath it. While a lot of people do this as a regular part ...

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How do I predict a plant species' water intake?
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How much water you need, especially when it comes to vegetables, will definitely vary from species to species - but it is also highly dependent upon your cultivation practices. For example, if you ...

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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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What do healthy red maple saplings look like?
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If you can pull a bud apart and it is still green inside, then things are looking good. If the buds are dry and brittle and don't show any life inside, then you may have a dead sapling. On the ...

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How to save my 1-meter-high Aloe Vera plant which broke off at the stem?
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I have many times planted a broken off piece of aloe vera and had it root and grow on into a new plant. Find some sandy soil, water it well but let it drain completely, stick the stem of the broken ...

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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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Are phytosanitary certificates needed to ship a plant within a state?
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A phytosanitary certificate should only be necessary when plants are shipped between states or countries. I've never heard of one being required to ship inside a state. However, you can always call ...

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How can I really get rid of henbit?
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If you want to keep henbit out of your lawn, you will need to apply a pre-emergent very early in the season (in the south, as early as February) to prevent it from germinating. An organic option may ...

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Where can I get info on rescapeing my small backyard?
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Permaculture sites in particular will have a lot of educational information on how to terrace and create "swales" on sloped sites. The trick to landscaping a slope is to fully utilize and store the ...

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How can I tell if my chilli plant is perennial?
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I agree - it's dead. Peppers only survive over winter in warm winter climates or in heated greenhouses. However, if you can do some research to try to figure out what type of pepper it was, you may ...

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Apple trees for an urban backyard
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A larger caliper (larger-trunked) apple tree with spur-type growth habit will likely yield fruit sooner than the other options you've mentioned. Most commercially available apple trees will have been ...

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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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Is Aloysia with brown spots drinkable?
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The plant in the picture you linked to looks to be suffering from a combination infestation of both aphids and whitefly. If yours looks just like this, then I'd treat it with a lukewarm water spray ...

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What kind of orchid is this?
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It's a hybrid cattleya orchid named Joy Sakabe "Shining" - more specifically a Rhyncholaeliocattleya (Rlc.) Here is a link to a Wikipedia article explaining the naming a little bit more. It is indeed ...

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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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Should I prune my Zucchini's flowers?
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Most likely these first flowers will all be male (carrying only pollen, but not able to form a fruit) so you won't need to worry about your tiny plants attempting to carry fruit. I would not attempt ...

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Do violets die in closed space?
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African violets (saintpaulia species, not viola species) often do well in terrariums, especially the minis and micro-minis. They flower well, and come in many different colors. You might consider ...

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Does a cloche need to have sides?
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Another thing your cloche might help with is preventing rain from getting to the seedlings or plants underneath it. Which is actually a useful thing if you are getting too much rain during the rainy ...

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Can I plant heather under wisteria?
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Heather is a very low-growing and well behaved sub-shrub. It doesn't spread or climb, so I think that as long as you don't crowd the pot the wisteria is in with too many of them, and make sure the ...

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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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When to cut tip layered raspberry & blackberry
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The standard advice for checking on a cutting is to tug gently on it and see if it resists being pulled from the soil. If it doesn't come right up, then it has likely rooted. In this case, if these ...

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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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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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