Kate Gregory
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Killing fruit flies without pesticides?
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We make a simple paper funnel by just rolling a sheet of paper into a cone and stapling or taping it. Then we make sure there's a small opening at the bottom. We put this into a tall glass that has a ...

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Bird-friendly weedkiller for patio?
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They make tools for just this purpose with the slightly-rude sounding name of "Crack Weeder". They are either a very narrow hoe / knife, or a metal-bristled brush. Using one of these is less tedious ...

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Is mid-October too late to seed a lawn in Ottawa, Canada?
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My father in law always said the best way to plant grass seed was on the first snow. It's easy to see how you're covering the ground, and when the snow melts that seed will get started a little, ...

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Measuring height difference over 200 meters without clear line of sight?
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The solution is almost certainly in your pocket in the form of your smartphone. Perhaps it has a GPS that will tell you the exact elevation of both points. If not, install some sort of exercise ...

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What is a practical strategy for removing dandelions and bull-thistle from my lawn without them returning?
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My lawn is full of non-grass, and I'm fine with that. If it's green and doesn't mind being mowed, it's welcome. I actually avoid mowing the parts that are mostly strawberries at this time of year, and ...

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Which of these, if any, are poison ivy?
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6 votes

Oh yes. Top two pics are raspberries. Bottom one I'm not sure. But #3 and #4, the thing trying to climb a tree, sets off all my warning signs. Notice they are glossy and a little red. And you can see ...

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Are there any plants that glow in the dark?
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I expect you read this article in New Scientist or one similar to it: Kyle Taylor, a founder of Glowing Plant, splices firefly genes into plants and wants to demystify the process by showing you ...

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How can I tell if a seed coating contains pesticides or fungicides?
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In Canada, seeds that have a poisonous coating (pesticide, fungicide etc) are always bright pink. A quick search appears to imply that this is also true in the US. This picture from Ray Weil ...

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Closed bin compost collecting water at the bottom
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It is ironic that closing up your compost because you don't want the smell is precisely what is causing the smell. You can compost in just a heap - a little pile of stuff in the far corner of your ...

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What is this plant with long thin leaves with serrated edges and spikes of pink flowers?
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That is Betony. We have some in our Southern Ontario lawn that escaped from a flower bed. We mow around it, because it's nice, but it sure will spread if you let it. Plenty of pictures online you can ...

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How should I prune a weeping willow without shortening the life of the tree?
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I had a willow at my old house. From time to time we would just prune from the ground, reaching up as high as we could and clipping whatever branches (thin whips really) were hanging down. We did not ...

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Are there benefits to changing the direction you mow a lawn?
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I suspect the guidance came from a time of reel mowers, which do actually push the blades of grass over in the same direction. (I use a reel mower to maintain our acre and a half.) As you've pointed ...

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How do I water my two apple trees?
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I didn't need to water any of my fruit trees regularly in Ontario, but when they were new the advice I was given was to get a large bucket and put a small hole in the bottom, then put the bucket near ...

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Is this normal for a push reel mower?
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If grass is too long when you take a reel mower to it, it just folds over. This is made even worse when it is thick. After making sure the blades are sharp, you will probably just need to take ...

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Squirrel and crows eating rose buds and leaves of plants
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Giving them food will not protect your plant, it will just attract more crows and squirrels. They are not altruistic at all and just eat what they can find that they like. This year squirrels have ...

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Can I save these tomato seedlings?
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4 votes

See those little white nubs on the spindly stems? Given half a chance, they'll turn into roots. If you transplant (super carefully) and bury them deeper, they'll be happy tomatoes. You don't have to ...

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How do you tell when pumpkins are ready to harvest?
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If you leave a tomato on the vine too long, it may split, or a critter may come and eat it in the night. Pumpkins and their ilk don't suffer from either problem, so you can leave them as long as you ...

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Flowers to sustain long-duration of absence during winter and summer?
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Houseplants that need no maintenance at all for many months are rare. Why not either give them to someone else to look after, or let them die and replace them when you return? Especially since these ...

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What's the name of this plant?
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Looks like a cyclamen to me. Here are more pictures so you can compare. The general consensus is that they don't need a lot of fuss and bother. That matches with my memory of having them in my house ...

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When to harvest chilis? What happens if I don't? How can I store them?
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7 votes

Harvest them before they freeze, or the resulting mushiness will ruin everything and they will rot. Jalapenos are picked green - if you leave them on the plant they will turn red, which isn't bad, ...

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How to prepare a small vege garden for Toronto's winter?
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I would not recommend burying the debris in the garden. That could spread diseases. Pull all that and put it in a compost pile. I don't mulch empty dirt. Sure, it gets cold. Then in May it gets warm. ...

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Removing weeds from brick patio
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Back when I lived in the city, my neighbour used boiling water for this. It looks rather odd to be outside with a kettle, but she swore by it. You want to be careful not to spill or splash on your ...

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What is the best species of grass to grow around a black walnut tree
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I seem to recall that bugle is a groundcover that is happy under walnuts. It's a pretty groundcover and it doesn't need mowing. We have it on some slopes that are hard to mow and it has spread happily ...

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What did people whack weeds with before weed-whackers?
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11 votes

We own a tool that looks just like the one on the right here: I used it just last week - it's good for goldenrod, raspberries, oregano and the like. After a round with this the mower can handle it. ...

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What best practices should I follow when using a manual reel lawn mower?
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12 votes

I have an acre and a half, about half of which is lawn, and have used nothing but reel mowers on it for a decade or so. My tips: don't try to mow when it's wet, and don't let it get too long - both ...

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How should vegetable seeds be sown evenly?
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Especially for round seeds, I take a pinch between my thumb and finger, and then kind of roll my fingers back and forth so that one or two seeds fall out a time. Do this while moving your arm along ...

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How to safely remove poison ivy
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We use Roundup on poison ivy. It is restricted for sale here in Ontario, but poison ivy is a permitted use. We don't gather up the dead plants - or in fact notice any. Over the years I have developed ...

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How do I make plant labels for outdoors?
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I slice up plastic containers/tubs, such as one-litre yogurt tubs, with ordinary scissors or kitchen shears, into strips about half an inch across and 6 inches long, and I write on them with a grease ...

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How can I get rid of mint?
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18 votes

Mint does not care for being mowed. If you just assert your ownership of that bit of the lawn, and mow and weed whack as you prefer, eventually it will be less minty. Oregano, in contrast, seems to ...

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What variety is this curvy courgette / zucchini with a bulge at the flower end?
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6 votes

It seems to be called zucchini tromboncino. Here are some pictures that all look like yours. North American zucchini = European courgette. (BTW some of the pictures fall somewhere between funny and ...

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