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Dill - can't get it to grow properly

General    Lausanne, Switzerland

(I'm posting this under General since there's no entry for Dill yet) I've been trying to grow Dill for some time and just can't do. I'm attaching to images where you can see how it's doing - not looking good Last year, we tried to grow it outdoors directly, that didn't work either (same...

Asked by: deactivated (25 points)   Posted:March 17, 2013

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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 (2 points)   Posted:March 16, 2013

3 answers    7588 views


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What to plant between rows of tomato?

General    WI

I was thinking of squeezing some extra lettuce varieties in to my beds between the rows of tomato, that should be ok, right? I assume the lettuce will be ready to harvest before the toms get too large. Has anyone encountered any problems doing this?

Asked by: Maddy Kendall (1 point)   Posted:March 16, 2013

4 answers    3793 views


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How to amend sandy soil to make it suitable for vegetable growing?

General    None Given

I would really like to grow vegetables in my garden but the soil is very sandy. How can I make it suitable for vegetable growing? Is there anything that would grow in the soil as it is?

Asked by: Jenny Robertson (2 points)   Posted:March 16, 2013

5 answers    23613 views


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Companion cropping corn with beans

Bean   

Has anybody ever tried planting corn and beans? I'm thinking the three sisters minus one, allowing pole beans to freely climb the corn. I've heard mixed reviews so I'd like to get some advice on this before trying it if possible. If you have tried it, what spacing did you use?

Asked by: David Brewer (3 points)   Posted:March 15, 2013

1 answer    2936 views


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What are the easiest vegetables to start off with for a new gardener?

General    PA

I am totally new to vegetable gardening, never grown anything myself before but I have decided that this is the year. I would like to know what the best (easiest!) vegetables are for a beginner like me. I have a good amount of space but I don’t want to run before I can walk and end up unable to...

Asked by: Karen Miller (2 points)   Posted:March 15, 2013

4 answers    2620 views


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Effectiveness of ladybugs at controlling pests in organic vegetable garden

General    OK Zone 7

I am curious to find out what peoples experiences are with buying ladybirds and releasing them in the vegetable garden. Do the ladybugs establish and hang around all summer or is it more short term? I'm interesting in trying them out as I had a problem with aphids and whiteflies on my plants...

Asked by: Emily Field (1 point)   Posted:March 15, 2013

4 answers    3851 views


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Sugar Cane

General    None Given

Can you grow sugar cane in central florida (zone 9) and if so where can I get some?

Asked by: Mark (3 points)   Posted:March 14, 2013

2 answers    3317 views


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Pruning Cherry tree with Black Knot

Cherry (including sour)    MO

The cherry in our yard has what I'm now sure is black knot. I see that it might be possible to prune back the diseased branches and maybe save the tree. Would anyone be able to give advice on the best way to do this?

Asked by: Dave P. (1 point)   Posted:March 14, 2013

1 answer    1811 views


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Brown shriveled leaves on artichoke seedlings

Artichoke    MI

I have been growing up some globe artichoke transplants and they were doing great. However over the last couple of days, the leaves at the bottom of the plants have started to go brown and shrivel up. Is this damping-off? What can I do to rescue my plants?

Asked by: Abby (7 points)   Posted:March 14, 2013

1 answer    2785 views


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Melon in container?

Cantaloupe    NY

Is it possible to grow melon in a container? I am trying to start a balcony garden and I am limited to containers. Has anybody tried this and had success? If so which variety?

Asked by: Sophie Brooks (3 points)   Posted:March 13, 2013

1 answer    2824 views


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When should garlic cloves sprout?

Garlic    None Given

I planted a few garlic cloves for the first time in the Fall and I am eagerly awaiting them sprouting in the spring. How quickly does garlic tend to emerge? Is there any chance that a cold wet winter could have damaged them?

Asked by: Angie Hayes (1 point)   Posted:March 13, 2013

2 answers    2628 views


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What is best to plant near strawberry?

Strawberry    Zone 7

I ask this as I know that strawberry does not do well with competition. Is there something that will do well and not affect the strawberry too much. Is there an optimum amount of space to leave between a strawberry patch and other plants? I can't seem to find the information I need so any input...

Asked by: Ed Simmons (3 points)   Posted:March 13, 2013

2 answers    2247 views


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How often should I rotate pepper

Pepper, bell    CO

I know that I should rotate the plants that I grow in my vegetable garden but how often is best? Can I grow pepper in the same spot as last year? I don't have much space to play with and they did very well there.

Asked by: Becca Harman (1 point)   Posted:March 12, 2013

1 answer    1830 views


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what would cause a green potato?

Potato   

I managed to raise a December crop of potato but when I harvested them, many had green areas of skin. What would cause this?

Asked by: Red (1 point)   Posted:March 12, 2013

1 answer    1735 views


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Topping tomato plants

Tomato    Zone 7B

So having read a bit more about growing indeterminates I have another question. Some people seem to advocate topping the tomato plants to ripen fruit later in the season, while other recommend simply pinching off flowers and new fruits. What is the opinion on here, is one method better than the...

Asked by: cara smith (1 point)   Posted:March 12, 2013

3 answers    15681 views


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Gooseberry that does not flower

Gooseberry   

The gooseberry I have in my back yard has not flowered once. I have lived here for about 4 years now, the plant was there when we moved here so its not one I planted. It looks very healthy. What could the problem be? Can I do anything to help it along?

Asked by: Pamela Croft (1 point)   Posted:March 11, 2013

1 answer    1826 views


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How to grow Lavender and Hops Herbs

General    None Given

Question on behalf of Donga from Kenya:Hello,I would like to ask if you may help me with information on how to grow Lavender and Hops Herbs.Thank-you.

Asked by: deactivated (1 point)   Posted:March 11, 2013

1 answer    1964 views


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Baby corn - is it a special variety?

Maize (corn)    Zone 7B

Can somebody please settle this argument for me. My husband wants me to grow baby corn in the garden this year but will not believe me that it is simply regular corn that has not matured. He says it is a special variety. Who is right here? Help me please!

Asked by: cara smith (1 point)   Posted:March 11, 2013

1 answer    2395 views


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What do I need to start growing strawberries in Nakuru Kenya and how much yields can I expect from half acre ?

Strawberry    None Given

Question on behalf of Nicholas Bore from Kenya. Advise me on how to start growing strawberries in Nakuru and expected yields on an half acre piece of land. The altitude is about 1800m ASL with minimum temperatures of 15ºC and maximum temperature of 28ºC. I'm a third year student in a local...

Asked by: deactivated (1 point)   Posted:March 10, 2013

1 answer    2371 views


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How much seed do I need to grow half acre of red bulb onions?

Onion    None Given

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

Asked by: deactivated (1 point)   Posted:March 10, 2013

3 answers    24216 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 (1 point)   Posted:March 10, 2013

1 answer    11188 views


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Kenaf (Hibiscus cannabinus) for erosion control and other services in Tanzania

General    Luvilukuni, Tanzania

This is a followup question to one that I had posted with regard to cover crops for erosion control in Tanzania ( see an additional picture below). I have been thinking about trying Kenaf (Hibiscus cannabinus) for some time, but do not know much about its water and nutrient requirements and am...

Asked by: Markus Walsh (4 points)   Posted:March 10, 2013

1 answer    2559 views


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Timing tomato seeds

Tomato    PA

When should I start tomato seeds indoors for transplanting? I'm in zone 6?

Asked by: Marsha Anderson (5 points)   Posted:March 9, 2013

1 answer    1964 views


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Slug control

General    United Kingdom

We got a major slug infestation in the vegetables last year and as we are starting to plan our planting for spring I figured I would get some advise about whether there is anything I can do to prepare my beds to keep them away this year. Is there anything I can do before planting that will...

Asked by: Greg Coyle (3 points)   Posted:March 9, 2013

2 answers    2278 views


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Getting rid of unwanted mint

General    IL, Zone 8a

I have a small problem of mint growing uncontrollably all over my garden and I could really use some advice on the best method of getting rid of it. Am I going to have to dig it all out?

Asked by: Sharon Conroy (1 point)   Posted:March 8, 2013

2 answers    3709 views


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Planting apple trees near cedar

Apple   

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 (2 points)   Posted:March 8, 2013

2 answers    11943 views


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Suckering tomatoes

Tomato    Zone 7B

I usually grow determinate varieties in containers but I thought I’d try my hand at a few indeterminates this year, any tips on suckering for a first time grower?

Asked by: cara smith (1 point)   Posted:March 8, 2013

1 answer    2699 views


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Not so hot Jalapenos

Chilli Pepper   

Nice to see a page for hot peppers on here. I have a question that I'm sorta posting on behalf of a friend. He said he grew some jalapenos up last year but the peppers were very mild and didn't have the heat that they ought to. I've never had this happen before and I'd really like to know what...

Asked by: Bill (3 points)   Posted:March 7, 2013

2 answers    2632 views


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How to remove apple tree suckers

Apple    ND

Our apple tree is producing extensive suckers and I’m worried about cutting them as I have been told that this will just make the tree produce even more of them. Any advice as to what is best to do here?

Asked by: Jack Wilson (1 point)   Posted:March 6, 2013

2 answers    8966 views