rsgoheen
  • Member for 10 years, 7 months
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  • London and/or Seattle
Is it necessary to purchase seed potatoes?
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One would expect that the producers of the seed potatoes are going to be better about keeping their product disease free than your average supermarket, but there are no guarantees in life. As to your ...

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What is the best organic way to defeat slugs?
18 votes

Slugs don't like crawling (sliming? oozing?) over copper. I've seen ribbons of copper and other types of copper bariers sold in gardening stores, but I usually just go to my local hardware store and ...

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How do I apply spent coffee grounds as a fertilizer?
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I've known a person or two who swears by mixing (relatively small amounts) of coffee grounds directly into the soil around azaleas. All I can say is, at least, it doesn't seem to cause any problems. ...

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Ants in my garden: good or bad?
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In my areas of knowledge (Seattle and London), the ants don't make a real difference one way or the other. They won't damage your plants, nor will they give them much help. Of course, I can only ...

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How are weeds controlled in a butterfly garden?
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First of all, the only way you'll ever be able to make sure a plot is "weed free" is if you pave it over, and the weeds will usually find a way in that case as well. I wouldn't worry too much about "...

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How do you discourage cilantro/coriander from bolting too quickly?
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14 votes

I've found cilantro to be a tough one for avoiding bolting (at least in the Seattle area). I've never seen any different varieties that claim to have more or less bolting tendencies. The only thing ...

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How do I grow a usable vegetable garden indoors?
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Herbs are generally going to be your best bet, and a windowsill of fresh herbs for cooking is a great thing, but I'm not sure if this is going to fit your need for vegetables. Vegetables would be ...

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Are there any drought tolerant plants that will force out weeds in pavement and sidewalk cracks?
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I don't really know what's the width of the "cracks" you're talking about, but if it's really the narrow cracks I'm assuming it is, where the two pieces of concrete are pretty much still abutting each ...

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My lettuce is flowering - does that mean it has bolted?
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Nothing about going to seed means you can't eat them, but as others have pointed out, you may not want to at that point due to a tenancy for the greens to get tougher and a bit more bitter the further ...

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What is "Compost Tea" good for?
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It's less about any sort of "specialness" of the tea (which I've more often generated from a worm bin, such as this one from Amazon, that are designed to produce more liquid than solid compost), and ...

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What to do with the spent flower spike of foxgloves (digitalis)?
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Foxgloves are (in Seattle and England) very hardy perennials. You can easily trim the stalk back to the base and the plant will come back fine next year. The only thing I've ever had to be cautious ...

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What is a good source for free or inexpensive nursery pots?
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I've always had the opposite problem. After a few years of trips to the nursery, combined with the fact that the pots are not recyclable (at least they haven't been in the past -- not sure if this ...

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Should I paint old garden tools?
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I'm assuming you want to keep using these tools, and not just clean them up for display. I'd avoid painting them, at least with anything you'd pick up at the local Home Depot. There are, of course, ...

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Are fire ants on okra plants a concern?
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7 votes

As I said in my answer to another question, there's likely more of a risk to a human being bit, especially someone who disturbs the nest, than any risk to the plant. Fire ants are omnivorous and eat ...

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Can I harvest vegetable seeds and store for the next year?
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I consider seed collecting to be a part of the whole experience of gardening. Experiment a bit. If something works, keep collecting those seeds, if another one doesn't, go on and try harvesting from ...

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What are the (essential) Tools that every gardener should own?
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Hori Hori There are only a couple of tools that I have hooked onto my belt so they're always by my side. One that I usually have is a pair of good, sharp hand clippers (Corona 1" clipers are my ...

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How do I remove dandelions without damaging my lawn?
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I'm trying to avoid being to much of a "me too" answerer here, but I wanted to emphasize the parts of the existing answers that are my preference. I highly recommend the tool that @Mancuniesis linked ...

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How do I keep mosquitos out of my fountain?
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Probably the only way that you'll combat the larvae without adding anything to the water (mosquito eating fish, those donuts) is by draining and refilling the fountain on a regular basis. ...

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