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Ants in Lemon Tree

General    None Given

My lemon tree is being attacked by little black ants. They seem endless and I'm worried they may spread through my garden. I read about a few methods of getting rid of them: boiling water , vinegar, cornmeal, and baking soda. Which one is most effective and least harmful to my tree? It is...

Asked by: reem ( points)   Posted:April 13, 2014

3 answers    8443 views

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How should I care for my strawberries in Spring?

Strawberry    NJ

My strawberry plants (like the rest of the garden) are in need of sprucing up this Spring. What should I be doing to get them back to their best? Should I prune the dead leaves? Also is it best to remove runners as they are produced to concentrate the plant's energy back to fruit production or...

Asked by: Beth Johnson ( points)   Posted:April 5, 2013

1 answer    8438 views

Current development stage before frost
How to protect young grapes from frost

Grape    Lausanne, Switzerland

About two weeks after bud break, we are scheduled to have a frost (-2C / 28F) in the next few days. I have quite a bit of fruit on my plants and I'm looking to protect it. Any tried and true methods how to do this would be appreciated.

Asked by: deactivated ( points)   Posted:May 12, 2013

4 answers    8401 views

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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    8358 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    8247 views

Avocado sucker?
Training a young avocado plant in container

Avocado    Pennsylvania, USA

My avocado plant that I grew from a seed seems to be doing really well (thanks to all on PlantVillage who helped me to grow it). I have re-potted it into a large clay pot and it is outside on the porch to soak up the summer sun. The plant is growing rapidly and in addition to what I believe is a...

Asked by: Lindsay McMenemy ( points)   Posted:August 9, 2013

2 answers    8193 views

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Ants in a potato box

Potato    None Given

How do you get fire ants out of your raised bed?! I went on vacation and came back to a giant mound of ants in my potato box, obviously i don't want to spray anything toxic as they have made their home above my potatoes! Also do they cause any harm to the tubers or are they ok to eat after...

Asked by: Mark ( points)   Posted:June 4, 2013

3 answers    8140 views

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Best method of protecting plants from late frosts?

General    UK

Always like to be prepared, I live in Scotland and the weather can be quite unpredictable and it wouldn't be the first time I have been caught out with a frost and lost my young plants. I haven't planted anything outside yet but I wondered what people's thoughts were on different types of...

Asked by: Robyn ( points)   Posted:April 10, 2013

4 answers    7995 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    7912 views

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Growing avocado from seed

Avocado    South Carolina

Has anybody ever managed to successfully grow an avocado tree from the seed of a store bought one. I have a seed that I have saved from an avocado I had last week. If I plant it will it grow into a tree and if so how do I do it... I’d love to try...

Asked by: Simon ( points)   Posted:February 3, 2013

2 answers    7814 views

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How do I ripen green tomatoes before cold weather?

Tomato    None Given

I would like to know what is the best thing to do with tomatoes that are still on the plant which have not ripened. I have several plants which still have fruit but I am worried about the weather turning colder and potentially killing them before they have a chance to ripen. Can I move the plants...

Asked by: Yvonne ( points)   Posted:October 18, 2013

7 answers    7804 views

Plant before the transplant operation
Wilted rosemary plant

Rosemary    Pennsylvania, USA

I transplanted an established rosemary bush to a new location in the garden several days ago and despite taking care to keep it well watered each day it is wilting badly. The position I moved it from was situated too closely to another plant and both were struggling. When I dug down into the soil...

Asked by: Lindsay McMenemy ( points)   Posted:August 16, 2013

5 answers    7767 views

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What edibles can I grow in the shade?

General    San Jose, CA

A good portion of my backyard is shady - probably only around 3-4 hours of sun per day due to tree cover, however I'd still like to try and grow something edible there to maximize my production. What plants will still produce something edible in this much shade?

Asked by: Amie Frisch ( points)   Posted:February 13, 2013

6 answers    7568 views

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How can I tell determinate and indeterminate tomatoes apart?

Tomato    FL

I have been trying to help my sister with the tomato seeds she planted and when I asked if they were determinate or indeterminate she looked at me like I just grew another head. Of course she has lost the packet and has no idea what kind of seeds she bought. My question is will I have to wait for...

Asked by: Denice Williams ( points)   Posted:February 22, 2013

2 answers    7503 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    7367 views

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What yield of onions can I expect from one acre

Onion    Tanzania

How many tons of onions I can harvest in one acre of onions

Asked by: MIGUEL ANNAN ( points)   Posted:February 13, 2015

2 answers    7300 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    7275 views

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Can I grow potatoes over summer?

Potato    MD

From what (very) little I know about vegetable gardening they seem to be harvested in winter. I would love some home grown potatoes over summer to make potato salads and things. Can I plant them for harvest over summer? If so how is it done?

Asked by: Mel ( points)   Posted:April 8, 2013

3 answers    7136 views

What is this stuff?
White growth on ceramic pots

General    MI

This white stuff is growing all over my indoor ceramic pots which have my pepper plants growing in them. Is this a fungus or something? Could it be related to the death of my pepper plant which was in one of these pots? (Posted in pepper section). Is it something I should be concerned about and...

Asked by: Abby ( points)   Posted:February 2, 2013

2 answers    7133 views

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What vegetables can I plant on a slope and what's the right way to do it?

General    near Johnstown, PA

Towards the end of my back yard there is a slope down towards an old railroad. I go back and forth on whether I should plant anything there. We usually plant in an area closer to the house but it is tempting to extend our garden to plant a few more vegetables. The truth is I am not sure of what...

Asked by: Larry Pelenski ( points)   Posted:April 11, 2013

2 answers    7132 views

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    7085 views

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Is it usual for potting soil to smell rotten?

General    PA

I have been out buying some gardening supplies today to get started growing some seeds and I bought a bag of Scott's potting soil. When I opened it up it smelled terrible, I don't even know how to describe it. It smelled rotten. There was definitely something like manure but it wasn't the...

Asked by: Karen Miller ( points)   Posted:March 16, 2013

3 answers    7052 views

leaf spots
Leaf spot in secondary Oil palm nursery

Oil palm    Eluru,Andhra pradesh,India

My name is nagaraju and I am from Andhra Pradesh, India. I have some leaf spots on the oil palm in our nursery and I want to know what it is. Please help me find out the cause and tell me how to prevent this disease

Asked by: nagaraju a ( points)   Posted:April 6, 2014

3 answers    6957 views

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When and how to plant pear tree

Pear    MO

I really want to try planting some fruit trees in my back yard this year. I’d really like a pear tree. I’ve been trying to read up on how to do this but some sites recommend winter and others say spring for planting. I’m confused. Does any body have any experience with fruit trees and if so can...

Asked by: Dave P. ( points)   Posted:February 4, 2013

1 answer    6922 views

The Lesion
Apple trunk lesion

Apple    Albuquerque, NM Zone 7b

Trying to figure out what is going on with this apple trees trunk it is about 3 years old.The lesion appears to be spreading growing. Any ideas and or treatments would be appreciated.

Asked by: Wurgulf ( points)   Posted:April 23, 2013

3 answers    6838 views

close up of mint leaf with white spots
White spots and dead leaves on my mint

Mint    brooklyn, ny

I have white spots and dead leaves on my mint. I've sprayed with organic insecticide and funguscide and no difference. Any idea what it is? Any help will be greatly appreaciated. I've looked online and can't seem to find an answer. Hopefully my attachment will work

Asked by: michele ( points)   Posted:August 10, 2014

3 answers    6815 views

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Maintaining productivity of tomatoes in high tunnels

Tomato    None Given

I grow tomatoes organically in high tunnels. The tomatoes are grown in the ground, irrigated using drip, trellised on a string and with the exception of the cherries, fully suckered. The plants do great through mid-August, but start to run out of gas and productivity falls significantly in...

Asked by: Andy Fellenz ( points)   Posted:April 20, 2013

4 answers    6774 views

Avocado seeds turning black

Avocado    None Given

My avocados are exported from the US. They are very delicious so I decided to plant my own trees. I used the toothpick in water cup method indoors and put them next to a sunny window. A few days down the road they started to turn black and wrinkled but still sprouted. What is this black color?...

Asked by: reem ( points)   Posted:April 9, 2014

2 answers    6764 views

Can anyone identify this disease of the oil palm?

Oil palm    Vietnamses

Dear Sirs/Madam My name is Thuan, I come from vietnamese. I have some pictures of the oil palm sick. I want to know what it is. please show me know the cause and how to prevent this disease Please help me. Thank you very much ( I am not good at english, lol) Periods of a disease...

Asked by: Thuan_attapeu ( points)   Posted:July 30, 2013

3 answers    6746 views

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Tomato plants turning white

Tomato    South Carolina

I have a question about my tomato plants. I transplanted them about a week ago and after a few days I noticed that one of them was turning bleached looking and white. Over the next few days all of the plants began to look the same. I'm at a loss, this has never happened before. The plants were...

Asked by: Simon ( points)   Posted:May 28, 2013

3 answers    6665 views