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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    2004 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    2455 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    2405 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    25045 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    11245 views


Overland flow following 32 mm of rainfall over ~45 min near Kisongo, Tanzania.
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    2677 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    1998 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    2309 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    3754 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    12151 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    2744 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    2669 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    9072 views


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What would cause flowers to fall off pepper plant?

Pepper, bell   

Hi.I have noticed this two years running. My bell pepper plant will produce lots of flowers, but they drop off without producing fruit. What could be causing this? I'd really appreciate the help.

Asked by: Nina R (1 point)   Posted:March 5, 2013

4 answers    27051 views


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Best method for hardening off plants in spring?

General    OK Zone 7

is this one of those things that everybody has their own preferred way of doing or is there a definitive method that I should follow. I lost some plants last time round and suspect it was shock that got ‘em.

Asked by: Emily Field (1 point)   Posted:March 5, 2013

2 answers    5851 views


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best depth for raised bed?

General    IL, Zone 8a

I want to install a raised bed and as well as some leafy greens, I’d like to grow some root crops later in the season like carrots and potatoes. Whats a good depth of soil which will allow me to grow these successfully?

Asked by: Sharon Conroy (1 point)   Posted:March 4, 2013

2 answers    3741 views


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cross-pollinating squash

Squash   

I was intending to grow up at least three different types of squash this spring but I have read that they are likely to cross pollinate. what exactly does this mean in terms of the fruit, will my squash end up as a mix of varieties?

Asked by: Susan Davis (1 point)   Posted:March 3, 2013

3 answers    3339 views


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Is it advisable to use root hormone to speed up growth of strawberries?

Strawberry    None Given

Question posted on behalf of Mwaura Gathuka from Kenya. I have been using root hormone to speed up growth of my strawberries. Is this advisable? The root hormone i have been using is AZATONE hormone. i usually deep the root end in a solution of the rooting hormone for 24 hours before planting.

Asked by: deactivated (1 point)   Posted:March 2, 2013

2 answers    7366 views


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How to prevent wilt on tomatoes?

Tomato    USA

My entire tomato crop was wiped out because my plants got wilt last summer, what’s the best way to stop the same thing happening again this year?

Asked by: Maggie Muffins (8 points)   Posted:March 2, 2013

3 answers    5760 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 (4 points)   Posted:March 2, 2013

7 answers    11688 views


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Which produce can I grow in Pennsylvania in a partial shade garden?

General   

I am an amateur gardener with only about 3 or 4 years of experience. I have a yard with a small corner of full sun, but I'd like to make use of the rest of the area as well, which receives varying degrees of partial sunlight. I want to grow produce, not ornamental plants. So far I've tried...

Asked by: Miriam Stein (5 points)   Posted:March 1, 2013

1 answer    1768 views


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my squash shriveled up

Squash    NJ

My squash got to about 3 inches long and then just shriveled up. what could have caused this? can i grow squash again this year or will the same thing happen?

Asked by: Beth Johnson (2 points)   Posted:March 1, 2013

1 answer    5564 views


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what is the best organic fertilizer to use?

General   

can you recommend a good balanced fertilizer (organic) for tomatoes, eggplant, squash? when is the best time to apply it to my vegetables. thanks

Asked by: Pamela Croft (1 point)   Posted:February 28, 2013

3 answers    4607 views


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What to add to my soil & when?

General    State College, PA

I live in central Pennsylvania (zone 6) and killed some of my lawn before last growing season in order to make a vegetable garden. Things grew quite well with a little bit of plant food & compost side-dressing. What would be recommended to do this year to help my soil evolve from lawn to...

Asked by: Ruth Nissly (6 points)   Posted:February 27, 2013

4 answers    2332 views


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Flea beetle irradication?

Broccoli    State College, PA

I hate flea beetles. I grew great broccoli at my first garden and was so excited, then moved and my new garden had flea beetles that chewed the broccoli plants so much that they died. I moved again, last year, and the first year at this garden I refused to grow broccoli because I was afraid it...

Asked by: Ruth Nissly (6 points)   Posted:February 27, 2013

1 answer    4171 views


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How to plan a succession planted garden?

General   

I have three raised beds, each 7' x 3' and it was a very productive summer last year. I am confused about the idea of succession planting, it just seems overwhelming! Is there a simple way to get started with a plan for succession planting so that I can really get the most out my beds this year?

Asked by: Pamela Croft (1 point)   Posted:February 27, 2013

1 answer    2298 views


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What can I do to grow strawberries in nyandarua Kenya?

Strawberry    None Given

I was somehow discouraged coz I understand that nyandarua is too cold and the strawberry fruit cant do well.This is where my land is.What advice can you give me?

Asked by: deactivated (1 point)   Posted:February 27, 2013

0 answers    2359 views


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Can I add coffee grounds directly to my soil?

General   

A friend of mine says that you can just toss coffee grounds out onto the soil as a way of composting but I am not so sure about this. I thought coffee was very acidic, will that not harm my plants? can they absorb the coffee through their roots?

Asked by: Stacey Cottrell (1 point)   Posted:February 26, 2013

4 answers    16864 views


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Is it worth it to pot little herb plants you can buy at the grocery store?

General    Pennsylvania, USA

This is something I am always wondering when I buy herbs at the grocery store that come in a little bit of potting soil: would it be worth it to put them in a bigger pot? Will they continue growing if I don't harvest too much leaves at once? For instance my favorite: basil. It would be would be...

Asked by: Charissa (3 points)   Posted:February 26, 2013

3 answers    4175 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 (1 point)   Posted:February 25, 2013

2 answers    14706 views