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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 (4 points)   Posted:April 11, 2013

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Is it too late to start tomato seeds?

Tomato    OH Zone 6

I found some seeds I saved from last years tomato plants that I had completely forgotten about. I'm in zone 6 and have started planting other seeds a few weeks back. Am I too late to plant my tomato seeds now and if so will they be still be viable next year?

Asked by: Rosemarie (2 points)   Posted:April 11, 2013

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Pecan Trees in clay soils - what can I add to improve soil content?

General    Johannesburg, South Africa

I want to plant some Pecan trees but I'm not sure how they will grow in our dark clay soil. The area is well suited in terms of temperature. I want to grow them using organic methods.

Asked by: Cornelis (1 point)   Posted:April 11, 2013

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Why does my Cat Nip not germinate?

General    Racine WI

Started Cat Nip indoors under lights 14 Days ago, followed directions temp is about 60 Deg but getting nothing. help!

Asked by: Wayne Clingman (2 points)   Posted:April 10, 2013

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How to grow radish in a bag?


Somebody mentioned to me that they used to grow radish in a plastic bag and that it was really easy. Could someone tell me how to do this? I want to try it

Asked by: Krissie (1 point)   Posted:April 10, 2013

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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 (4 points)   Posted:April 10, 2013

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Can I use a 40W high intensity bulb in a desk lamp for seedlings?

General    NY

I went to the store to get a bulb to supplement the lighting on my seedlings. I figured I would try and get a bulb to fit one of the old desk lamps I have lying around. I stupidly didn't write down the details of the bulbs recommended by people on here and I came home with a high intensity bulb....

Asked by: Sophie Brooks (3 points)   Posted:April 9, 2013

4 answers    5546 views

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Can I plant anything in an area where plants got powdery mildew last year?

General    None Given

I had several cucumbers plants last year that got powdery mildew and I wondered if I can plant anything in that area of the garden this year? I know of course that I should not plant more cucumbers. I have read that the fungus can survive on plant debris lying on the ground and I was careful to...

Asked by: Vicki Albright (2 points)   Posted:April 9, 2013

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Is it too early to plant broccoli transplants in CT?

Broccoli    CT

I live close to Torrington, CT and I am planting broccoli for the first time. I have been working on hardening them off for the past 2 weeks but I'm a bit nervous of planting them in the ground. I believe broccoli to cold hardy? The forecast says that the temperature will dip early next week back...

Asked by: Rod Morrison (2 points)   Posted:April 9, 2013

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Chili fruits turning brown - what's wrong?

Chilli Pepper   

Could anybody tell me what would cause the peppers on a thai chili plant to turn brown? I have a few peppers overwintering indoors and they have sporadically flowering. My thai plant flowered and the fruits started do develop but are now going brown - any ideas?

Asked by: Jess Haines (1 point)   Posted:April 8, 2013

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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 (2 points)   Posted:April 8, 2013

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Is is it safe to plant veg close to yew trees?

General    York, UK

There is an area of our garden in the SW corner that we pinpointed over the weekend for growing some veg in but our neighbour has some conifers growing close to the fence. I asked him what kind they were and he said that they are European Yews - which I thought were poisonous? Is it alright to...

Asked by: Johnboy (2 points)   Posted:April 8, 2013

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How do I plant blueberry.

Blueberry    PA

I would like to add some blueberries to my garden but I'm not sure how to plant them, or when. What is the optimum soil pH for blueberry? How can I prepare the soil for planting them? Is it best to plant in spring?

Asked by: Michelle Hay (1 point)   Posted:April 7, 2013

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Can I plant anything in my new garden this year?

General    York, UK

I moved house this past Autumn and inherited a nice garden with our new house. The house has apple trees growing and there is plenty space for growing some veg. I'm a little worried as it appears I missed my chance to do any prep work in Autumn and I don't really know if I can plant anything this...

Asked by: Johnboy (2 points)   Posted:April 7, 2013

3 answers    3833 views

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How can I keep squirrels, chipmunks, birds etc. away from sunflowers?

Sunflower    Pennsylvania, USA

I absolutely love sunflowers and am planning to try growing them on the part of my balcony that gets most sun. I tried this last year and the squirrels ate my seedlings soon after they emerged. How can I protect them as they grow so that I have the best chance of enjoying those beautiful flowers...

Asked by: Lindsay McMenemy (2 points)   Posted:April 6, 2013

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How deep do I need to dig my soil in Spring?


Is there a general rule of thumb for digging compost into the soil in the spring? Is it necessary to use a rototiller or can I get away with digging by hand? My soil is always very compacted after winter and hard to work with.

Asked by: Pamela Croft (1 point)   Posted:April 6, 2013

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Are there any vegetables I can grow completely indoors?

General    NY

I don't have a garden, just a balcony and I think I'm getting close to my limit space wise with what I have sown already. Is there anything that I can grow completely indoors? I am trying out watermelon in a container but I know that that will need to out in the sun. I have just planted some more...

Asked by: Sophie Brooks (3 points)   Posted:April 6, 2013

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What kind is the seed on the left?
Avocado seed germination and seed differences

Avocado    Pennsylvania, USA

In what may be the most badly designed scientific experiment ever I set up 2 new avocado seeds to germinate last night. I only bought two avocados and decided to set one up in soil, and one in water (I will now have to repeat the entire process in order to determine if it was seed type or the...

Asked by: Lindsay McMenemy (2 points)   Posted:April 5, 2013

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How can I determine the cause of bitter cucumbers?


My cucumber harvests were bitter last year and I did not realize at the time that this may actually be caused by environmental factors as I had not grown that particular variety before and just put it down to a bad selection. I have purchased a different variety this year but I guess the...

Asked by: Pamela Croft (1 point)   Posted:April 5, 2013

1 answer    2405 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 (2 points)   Posted:April 5, 2013

1 answer    8584 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 (128 points)   Posted:April 4, 2013

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How do I make my own potting mix?

General    KS USA

Is it cheaper to buy the ingredients and mix up my own soil for potting on my seedlings? I'm going through a fair amount as my seedlings get bigger and I think I would be willing to source the right things and make my own, does anybody have a good general purpose recipe they would care to share?

Asked by: Mike T. (3 points)   Posted:April 4, 2013

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Why would I grow squash on hills?

Squash    None Given

I am investigating growing some squash and I frequently read that it should be grown on hills. Why is this, what benefit is it to the plant? Would you recommend growing this way and if so, how do I do it? Do I mound the soil up around the plant or plant seeds into it? A little confused here

Asked by: Angie Hayes (1 point)   Posted:April 4, 2013

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Successive plantings of lettuce

Lettuce    CO

I am growing up some lettuce plants and I would quite like to have a supply of it over spring and into summer if I can. How often do I need to sow seeds? Every two weeks seems like the recommended but this seems very long for only a small amount of lettuce. There is only me and my husband so I...

Asked by: Becca Harman (1 point)   Posted:April 4, 2013

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Can I salvage overwatered pepper seedlings?

Pepper, bell    Zone 7

I made the mistake of entrusting the care of my seedlings to my neighbors kid while I was away for a few days and when I got home last night I found that my peppers are really wet and some looking sorry for themselves. There was so much water that if I pressed my finger down into the soil I could...

Asked by: Ed Simmons (3 points)   Posted:April 4, 2013

2 answers    4473 views

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How exactly do I use chicken poop in my vegetable garden?

General    United Kingdom

So, knowing that I am keen on growing vegetables a friend who recently started keeping chickens offered me all the chicken poop I could ever want :-) I have heard of people using it in their gardens but I never have myself. How exactly do I use it to best effect? Should I just throw it on the...

Asked by: Greg Coyle (3 points)   Posted:April 3, 2013

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Which herbs can be directly seeded in garden?

General    IL, Zone 8a

I'm in the midst of planning my first herb garden and questions keep cropping up. I had originally thought to start all of my plants from seed indoors but now I'm not sure. Is it actually best to plant straight into the bed? Are there particular herbs that do better started indoors, or should I...

Asked by: Sharon Conroy (1 point)   Posted:April 3, 2013

3 answers    4697 views

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Can I grow garlic in pots on patio?

Garlic    MA

I think I want to try growing elephant garlic but I wondered if I can grow these in pots placed in a sunny part of my patio? The aim is to save some space, is elephant garlic suited to containers? How deep would it need to be?

Asked by: Sarah E (1 point)   Posted:April 3, 2013

1 answer    4748 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 (2 points)   Posted:April 2, 2013

3 answers    13985 views

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Growing asparagus as an annual?

Asparagus    MD

Hi everyone, I would like to grow some asparagus but everything I read says not to harvest for at least two years after planting. Is it possible to grow it and just replant it next year. I may have to move due to work later this year so I don't really wan to plant it and have to start all over....

Asked by: Mel (2 points)   Posted:April 2, 2013

1 answer    3311 views