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How hot can my compost get?
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In sum of the below; you will want to hang around 140 - 160° F; that way you will be above the minimum range of thermophobic parasites and below the temperature that affects thermophilic bacteria (who ...

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What factors affect the spiciness of jalapeños?
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Planting capsicum varieties that are hotter than jalapenos with other flowering plants on either side can aid in cross breeding. Similarly, this is also how one contrives a heat-less jalapeno.

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How to keep chipmunks out of my garden?
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Get a statue of an owl and put it in your garden. It should keep most things that owls eat away.

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Should I insulate my compost heap?
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Insulating may not be necessary. You can be proactive and increase the output of your compost pile if you (a) take note of what you are composting and refer to the C:N Ratio (Carbon:Nitrogen) (b) ...

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What are the criteria for picking out vegetables to grow together in "Three Sisters" garden?
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Referring to the criteria for why Corn, Squash, Beans particularly work as a "Three Sisters" combination, the natural explanation is as follows: the corn acts as a trellis for the beans the beans fix ...

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What are these red cocoons in my trees leaves?
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Here's some Insect advice from Penn State. In summary, it sounds like you have a mite problem for your tree (take note of the other trees, that looks like a maple leaf to which this insect is ...

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How do I prevent critters from chewing my sprinkler system?
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Weaponize some chili pepper oil by putting it in an atomizer or other spray bottle; proceed to spray the equipment.

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How do I grow better Tabasco-type (C.frutescens) peppers?
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To improve germination, you might try an indoor start for the sake of control. Although I'm guessing North Texas is a pretty ideal place to grow peppers, hot housing the seeds and metering the light ...

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What should I do to a homemade paper pot before planting it?
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In addition to keeping any sprouts wet while waiting to plant, you should thoroughly saturate the pot itself just prior to putting in the ground. It is also recommended that you "tear away the bottom ...

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How to prevent my Ficus plant from growing new branches low?
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The rule with trees and bushes is to trim low to make it grow up, trim high to make it grow out. I suspect pruning the bottom of your ficus would encourage it to grow up.

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Why did my orange bell pepper smell of ammonia?
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I don't frequently have peppers from the garden sit around more than 3-4 days. The time sitting on the counter may have been sufficient for that particular pepper to go bad. Unless the plant appears ...

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Options for an edible privacy "fence"?
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Although certainly a pest if you don't keep a vigilant fist on it, you might consider a hedge of bamboo latticed with bean sprouts. The bamboo is quick growing (2-3' per year easily; hence, a pest) ...

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What are some tips on growing plants indoors with cats?
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I feel bad coming back to this answer again but a solution of water and a bit of hot pepper oil sprayed when watering should do the trick. Make it taste bad, in addition to making sure they get ...

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