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How long is roundup effective?


I have lots of weeds in my garden, but I do not want to use chemicals. If I use roundup in the early spring when the weeds have just started, how long before this chemical is inert?

Asked by: Charlie ( points)   Posted:August 3, 2013

7 answers    16888 views

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How to acquire Strawberry seeds in Kenya?

Strawberry    None Given

Strawberry seeds are not available in Kenya.Seedlings which are expensive and bulky to transport are the only planting materials available.How can we acquire seeds? Is there advantage of using one over the other?

Asked by: deactivated ( points)   Posted:February 25, 2013

2 answers    15625 views

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How to get started growing your own mushrooms?

Mushrooms    KS USA

I really want to try growing my own mushrooms and I have seen kits advertised that provide various substrates to grow them in such as sawdust. I like the idea of wood growing and I do have space in my basement, which I believe is the recommended location for trying this. Is it necessary to...

Asked by: Mike T. ( points)   Posted:March 28, 2013

3 answers    15547 views

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How many eggplants should I plant?


I am considering growing eggplant this year for the first time but I do not know how many to plant. How many fruits does each plant produce? I live in South Carolina, zone 8a I think. I have grown squash before and it produced well.

Asked by: Jenny Servick ( points)   Posted:April 2, 2013

3 answers    15410 views

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How to hand pollinate tomatoes, peppers and squash?

Tomato    near Johnstown, PA

I would like to hand pollinate my plants this year as I'm not satisfied by the yields I have been getting. What is the best way of doing this for tomatoes, peppers and squash?

Asked by: Larry Pelenski ( points)   Posted:February 12, 2013

3 answers    15274 views

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My plum tree seems to be dying. How can I save it?

Plum and prune    San Jose CA

My plum tree is about 11 years old. We never pruned it till about 2 year ago when we cut off a lot of branches - our neighbors were complaining that it was spreading into their backyard. One of the roots had extended under the fence into the neighbors backyard and they had taken the liberty to...

Asked by: Rajeev ( points)   Posted:April 19, 2015

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Mint with white spots on leaves

Mint    Geneva, Switzerland

My mint starts to be full of clear spots on its leaves. Is this a disease or a nutrient deficiency? I have some thyme nearby with the same symptoms.

Asked by: deactivated ( points)   Posted:July 23, 2016

3 answers    14770 views

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How do you keep weevils from destroying beans if you don't have a freezer?

Bean    northern California

Every year I find a few weevils in one or two varieties of beans when it's time to plant them. I know the usual way to prevent eggs from hatching is to make sure the beans are dry and then put them in a chest freezer at 0F for a few days. But I was wondering how bean seed was protected before...

Asked by: Tanya in the Garden ( points)   Posted:April 4, 2013

3 answers    14563 views

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Planting apple trees near cedar


I have been told by a friend (who also happens to live next door) that I should not plant apple trees in the yard as there are cedars growing in the area and they can get a disease from them. There is a small patch of cedars growing about 3 miles away as far as I know - are they really going to...

Asked by: Alex Ramirez ( points)   Posted:March 8, 2013

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How do I know when cucumbers are ready to pick?

Cucumber    OH Zone 6

How can I tell if my cucumbers are ready to be picked? I’m a first time cucumber grower and my plants have several fruits about 2” long so far. From what I understand I want to avoid them turning yellow as this means I have waited too long. Is there a foolproof way of telling when they are ready...

Asked by: Rosemarie ( points)   Posted:July 10, 2013

2 answers    13124 views

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Adding perlite to clay soil


Hi. I have been trying to do some research on what I should/could add to my heavy clay soil to try make more permeable. The soil is completely flooded today after a heavy downpour. I have been interested by what I have been reading about perlite and thought I'd best ask some advice before I go...

Asked by: Megan Long ( points)   Posted:August 28, 2013

4 answers    12963 views

Brown spots and holes on leaves on my mint and basil plants

Mint    United States

Hello, I bought and planted some herbs in pots that I keep on my porch about 2 weeks ago. I am starting to see holes and brown spots on all of my plants: peppermint, spearmint, and basil. I have looked up a lot of information and pictures about what potentially might be causing the issue, but...

Asked by: Monica ( points)   Posted:May 19, 2015

3 answers    12870 views

Beetles on grape leaves
What to do against Japanese Beetles on grapes

Grape    Lausanne, Switzerland

My grapes are suffering badly from japanese beetles that seem to have taken over the plants - see images below. Does anyone know how to solve this problem - i.e. how can I get rid of the beetles before they start killing off the other plants? Many thanks!

Asked by: deactivated ( points)   Posted:July 21, 2013

7 answers    12363 views

Result of 32 mm of rainfall event over a ~45 min period on Feb 2, 2013
Advice on cover crops for soil erosion control in Tanzania

General    Luvilukuni, Tanzania

We are currently experiencing massive soil erosion in the Kisongo area of Tanzania. The general location can be found on a Google Earth search. What might be some fast growing, tough, non-invasive cover crops that we might be able to use to slow this down?

Asked by: Markus Walsh ( points)   Posted:March 2, 2013

7 answers    12262 views

The greenhouse
What can I grow in an unheated greenhouse over winter?

General    ct

I work at a Montessori School in CT and we just got a greenhouse. It will not be heated this winter but I was wondering if we'd be able to use it through the winter. I was thinking about starting carrots in five gallon buckets and nasturtium in pots. Does anyone have experience gardening in...

Asked by: Emily ( points)   Posted:October 24, 2013

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Avocado tree shedding all leaves.

Avocado    State College, PA

I bought a beautiful Avocado plant in summer and planted it outside in a spot with full sun. In the nursery they had advised me to plant it in acidic soil, so I did. Shortly afterwards all the leaves' tips started turning brown and wrinkly. I feared that maybe the spot I had chosen was too hot,...

Asked by: Rahel Salathé ( points)   Posted:November 17, 2014

2 answers    11994 views

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Is mango a monocot or a dicot?

Mango    Nigeria

Is mango a dicotyledonous plant? I am confused if it is a monocotyledonous plant or a dicotyledonous plant

Asked by: Michael kolade ( points)   Posted:April 28, 2015

1 answer    11818 views

Tomato plant, white spots on leaves.
White spots on tomato plant


I've noticed some white spots on my tomato plant, what could it be?! what can I do to help the plant? Thank you! (sorry for the bad image quality)

Asked by: Romina ( points)   Posted:November 8, 2013

3 answers    11778 views

Black currant leaves
Black currant leaves turning yellow with brown edges

General    Canada

Hi, I'm putting this under general questions because there is no option for currant. Hopefully that can change with time. I planted a new orchard this spring and most everything is doing really well except for the black currants. They seem to be struggling, and I'm not sure what the cause...

Asked by: Jeremy Kirouac ( points)   Posted:May 21, 2014

3 answers    11701 views

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What causes grapes to shrivel up before harvest?


I have a grapevine in my garden that looks healthy enough and each year it seems to be doing fine, only for the grapes to shrivel up before they are ready to harvest. I have some pics somewhere from last ear but m having trouble finding them. This is an old vine, several years at least and...

Asked by: Fred Johnson ( points)   Posted:March 24, 2013

3 answers    11532 views

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How much seed do I need to grow half acre of butternut?

Pumpkin    None Given

Question posted on behalf of Sarah Ameso from Kenya. I would like to grow half an acre of butternut pumpkin. Kindly advise on how much seed I will need.

Asked by: deactivated ( points)   Posted:March 10, 2013

1 answer    11521 views

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How do I growing tomatoes in hanging baskets?

Tomato    Zone 7B

I would like to grow some cherry and/or grape tomatoes in hanging baskets. What exactly does this involve? Do I just need to fill the basket with regular potting mix and transplant my seedlings. Will the plants naturally grow downwards from the basket or is it more complicated than that?

Asked by: cara smith ( points)   Posted:April 16, 2013

3 answers    11322 views

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Growing plants in red clay soil

General    None Given

Just moved to Arkansas , and all my soil is red clay. How do you get any thing to grow?

Asked by: Fred E. Woelk Jr ( points)   Posted:March 30, 2014

3 answers    11311 views

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What is causing white spots on my kale leaves?

Kale    None Given

I have some white spots on my kale leaves but they don't look like they are insect related or fungal. The plant is kept in a pot and I'm in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. I will try to upload an image soon. What do you think?

Asked by: reem ( points)   Posted:March 30, 2014

1 answer    11224 views

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How can I attract more bees and pollinators into my garden?

General    near Johnstown, PA

I swear I used to see a lot more bees in my garden than I do now. More or less everything I plant is self pollinating but if I was going to plant something like raspberry then I would quite like to attract the bees back. Has anybody had success with a particularly attractive flower? What else can...

Asked by: Larry Pelenski ( points)   Posted:April 12, 2013

6 answers    11162 views

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Most productive vegetables for limited space?


What specific vegetables plants give really good yields of produce? I do not have a lot of space in my garden to dedicate to vegetable growing but I would like to plant some and aim for as big a harvest as possible. I was considering cherry tomatoes as I have heard they can be quite prolific and...

Asked by: Stan ( points)   Posted:April 22, 2013

6 answers    11073 views

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How can I stop arugula bolting?

Arugula    PA

My arugula plants have already bolted :-( I planted them from seed in containers and was hoping I would be able to harvest over the summer but the leaves are very bitter now. Does anybody have any tips on how to care for arugula to extend its harvest, would it be better to plant straight into the...

Asked by: Marsha Anderson ( points)   Posted:June 16, 2013

2 answers    11058 views

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How can I amend heavy clay soil for vegetables


My husband has pulled up part of the back lawn at our new house to make way for a vegetable garden. Unfortunately we have a heavy clay soil and water just pools on it when it rains making big sticky puddles. With the strange weather this year this seems to happening a lot and the soil is getting...

Asked by: Megan Long ( points)   Posted:August 15, 2013

6 answers    10534 views

Sunflower plant, 30.9.14
Should I remove yellowing lower leaves on my sunflower plant?

Sunflower    Karachi, Pakistan

The lower leaves on my sunflower plant turned yellow and crisping a couple of weeks ago or so and I believe that the plant is trying to keep them alive. I wanted to ask if it would be a good idea to snip off the ones as I read that the plant tries to keep the leaves alive by using more effort.

Asked by: Naveed ( points)   Posted:September 30, 2014

2 answers    10453 views

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Should I remove dead/dying leaves from pumpkin plants?

Pumpkin    MD

My plants are doing well and look healthy, both have fruits which are looking great. My question is, should I be trimming off the dead leaves? I'm not sure if it is better to leave them be or take them away. Which is more likely to encourage diseases?

Asked by: Mel ( points)   Posted:July 6, 2013

2 answers    10373 views