TeresaMcgH
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Can garlic grow without soil?
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"If I leave the garlic in the jar with no soil and just a little bit of water (about an inch), will I end up with usable garlic?" In a word - NO. There is only enough energy stored in a typical ...

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Seeds not germinating
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Different seeds take different amounts of time to come up. Also, some of the seeds you planted may require more warmth than you are providing - the basil, for example. I'd put the containers in a ...

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Are my peppers underripe or just a different variety?
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Red is generally a final ripening stage for most peppers, indicating they are fully mature. There are many different kinds of mild chilis, however, referred to as "banana peppers" and some of them ...

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How often can you produce cuttings from mint?
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When taking cuttings from a plant, I try not to take more than 1/3 of the current healthy growth. For some plants, you shouldn't take even that much. As has been mentioned, mint is very prolific and ...

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Propagate an apple tree
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You can splice your twig right onto another established apple tree, cutting it back enough to give the twig room to grow. Then you will have two types of apples on that one tree - this is one way ...

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How to save my plants after fertilizer overdose
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You might consider taking cuttings of the basil to try to stop the progression of the fertilizer burn and save something to start over with. Not familiar with the aloysia, or whether it can be ...

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How can I amend clay soil with soil, without digging?
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I agree with the lasagne gardening/sheet composting replies above in that adding organic matter is the very best thing you can do for clay soil. We have heavy clay soil here and we compost leaves ...

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Beginner Starting from Scratch: Weedlot to Enjoyable Garden
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We are newly settled on a piece of land in the PNW, and our goals are similar to yours, except we are also interested in creating food systems. Is that one of your goals as well, or will you be ...

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Why are my hibiscus buds & leaves randomly turning yellow and dropping off?
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How are you watering? You should water your plant slowly and deeply until water begins to run out of the bottom of the pot. If you water by just sprinkling a little on the top every day, then the ...

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What size, and how far apart, should support posts for a trellis tunnel be?
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I agree, you certainly don't need a formal blueprint to construct a garden trellis. What I'd do on spacing is take the recommended support spacing for hardy kiwi, and use that as your standard since ...

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How do you know when a tree has died?
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One way to tell if a shrub or tree is dead is to scrape a bit of bark off of a branch to see if there is any green underneath. You can start at the twig level, and move to the branch level, and then ...

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What is this thick-stemmed houseplant with variegated leaves?
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It's a Dieffenbachia. The foliage patterns differ, but in the temperate climates, they are very popular house plants. In the tropics, they can be grown outdoors. I see a lot of them in atriums as ...

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Help me identify this plant
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It looks like it could be something in the Aglaonema family, but your picture is so blurry it is difficult to be sure. Aglaonemas are popular houseplants with a wide variety of different colors and ...

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How do I fix an area of grass that was ruined using a vinegar/salt treatment of dandelions?
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How much salt did you use? What was the ratio of salt to vinegar in your anti-dandelion solution? Grass in general likes neutral to alkaline soil, and salt is anathema to most plants in general (...

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Identifying a Tree
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I'm going to break with the pack here and say I don't think it's a Bradford Pear. Pears generally hold their blossoms in clusters, so the tree looks like it's covered with "popcorn" - and these seem ...

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Small aloe vera in small pot - will it get too big?
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If it is a true aloe vera, then it will eventually need a larger pot, because it will create "pups" (small offshoots) around its base, which will then grow to full size (maybe as tall as 18") and then ...

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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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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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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 woodpeckers damage a pecan tree enough that it won't produce?
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Are they "pecking" the tree trunk, or just roosting, hanging around and eating from the bird feeder? If they are spending time actually pecking holes in the trunk, then yes, most likely you have some ...

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Identity of this plant (yellow snap-dragon looking flower)
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It's difficult to be sure, because we don't have a close-up of the flowers, but it looks like Oncidium flexuosum to me. Here is an overall picture of the flowers, and a flower close up. You can ...

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Can you recommend some small plants for my new office?
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I have African Violets and Phalaenopsis orchids currently blooming in my south facing office window. They prefer a more diffused light, however, so unless it is cloudy I keep the blinds somewhat ...

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How to safely protect my raspberries from pests
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A light spunbonded poly agricultural fabric, placed over the patch after pollination, might keep some of these insects off of your ripening fruit. It acts as a physical barrier without weighing down ...

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Late summer vegetable garden in SoCal?
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In southern California, you can pretty much grow the same things in the fall that you can in the spring. For example: Anything in the crucifera family - cabbages, kales, turnips, collards, radishes (...

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How to cut optimally the basil on my balcony?
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When we harvest basil, we usually take about half of the current top growth, then fertilize and wait for it to regrow before harvesting again. We can often get 3-4 cuttings from each plant this way ...

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Should containerized plants be periodically rotated relative to the sun?
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A suggestion for larger plants - get a roll-around plant stand or tray. It makes the job a LOT easier.

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How many mint seeds should you plant?
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I think you'll be fine as long as you transplant the resulting plants into clumps of say, three to five seedlings per pot. By tranplanting seedlings as clumps instead of individuals you will keep root ...

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What is this extremely fast growing plant?
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It looks like an asparagus shoot to me. Did the little stub look like this before it shot up? If so, I think we can say pretty confidently that that's what it is. Are there other shoots coming ...

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Tree ID question from Los Angeles County, California
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Ok, have a look at this - White Sapote (Casimiroa edulis). It has palmate leaves, warty bark, flowers that look like the ones in your picture, and is hardy where ever citrus is able to be grown. ...

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