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Weeds choked my herb garden

General    NC

I planted a herb garden last year in my backyard and by the Fall, it was totally overrun with weeds and I couldn’t keep up with pulling them out. I would prefer not to have to use any chemicals on my plants is there anything I can do to prepare for planting or does anybody have any suggestions...

Asked by: Ann McIntyre (1 point)   Posted:February 21, 2013

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Why did my seeds not grow?


Ok so I have been trying to to do the whole grow your own thing but I just can’t get anything to sprout. I gave up last year after spending too much money on seeds and supplies only to have nothing happen. I don’t know if there is any point trying again this year. All my seeds were in trays in...

Asked by: Susan Davis (1 point)   Posted:February 21, 2013

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Growing organic soybeans


My wife and I have about an acre of land by our house that we want to grow soybean on. There are at least two other growers in our area but they do make use of pesticides. We want to do this completely organically and avoid the use of herbicide. What are the best ways of keeping the weeds down on...

Asked by: George Gifford (3 points)   Posted:February 20, 2013

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Newbie gardener needs help planning vegetable garden


I am trying to plan a small 5 x 2 ft raised vegetable bed. I don’t have much space but I’d like to grow at least some tomatos, peppers, beans, lettuce (2 types) and some squash in a square ft design. I don’t know how to fit this all in - isit too much, how many of each plant can I grow in a...

Asked by: Natasha Jackson (2 points)   Posted:February 20, 2013

2 answers    2791 views

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Advice on planting lima beans


I started out growing bush lima bean for canning. I had some plants turn yellow and not growing as well. I also had mold. I could see it on leaves. There were also some insects around in bunches. I hear if I grow another type of plant I could grow it alongside my beans that might help me get max...

Asked by: Matthew Harris (1 point)   Posted:February 20, 2013

1 answer    2271 views

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PlantVillage    None Given

Neat site. What software does it run on? Also some first impressions I want to share, these are actually difficult to remember later but are very important as these first impressions are what make people stay. Some of these may sound overly curt but I just want to get them out there without...

Asked by: Istvan Albert (3 points)   Posted:February 19, 2013

3 answers    2344 views

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How can I keep deer out of my garden?

General    NY

They cause so much damage and I really want to stop them getting in. They even knocked part of my fence down! Does anyone know of an effective way of deterring them permanently?!

Asked by: Cat Sullivan (2 points)   Posted:February 18, 2013

1 answer    1821 views

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Best mix for jalapeño pepper seeds

Pepper, bell   

Sorry if this is posted in the wrong place. I am looking for advice on the best mix to use for growing jalapeño seedlings. Some people seem to use a regular potting mix while others use various soilless mixes. Does anyone have any recommendations?

Asked by: Bill (3 points)   Posted:February 18, 2013

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How to grow a ginger plant?


What is the best way to grow my own ginger? Can I grow it from seeds or will I be able to grow it from some root bought at the grocery store? Would I just be able to put it straight out in the garden or do I have to start indoors?

Asked by: Megan Long (3 points)   Posted:February 16, 2013

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Best way to trellis raspberries?

Raspberry    NJ

I would like to plant two varieties of raspberry in my yard, a summer fruiting variety and an autumn fruiting variety. Is there a trellis system that works best for raspberry? I have a fairly large back yard and I know roughly where I would like to plant, I just don't know how to design the...

Asked by: Beth Johnson (2 points)   Posted:February 15, 2013

1 answer    24973 views

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Getting started with peas in containers

Pea    NY

I am a complete gardening novice. I've never grown any of my own plants before and I don't even have a garden. I have a small balcony and would really like to grow some pea plants in containers and let them climb around the railings. I like their flowers. Everything I read says they are nice n...

Asked by: Sophie Brooks (3 points)   Posted:February 14, 2013

1 answer    2605 views

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White clover as a living mulch?

Clover    near Johnstown, PA

I am considering seeding white clover as a living mulch around my veggies and strawberries to try and keep the weeds down this year. Does anyone have any advice about the best way to do this and any problems I should be aware of? I don't want the clover taking over!

Asked by: Larry Pelenski (4 points)   Posted:February 14, 2013

1 answer    2877 views

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Pruning fruit trees in colder regions

General    State College, PA

What would be the best timing to prune fruit trees in colder regions like central PA? I have an apricot, prune plum, quince and a black elderberry that need pruning. The trees are rather young and have only just started blooming last spring. However, they need to be thinned out already...

Asked by: Rahel Salathé (13 points)   Posted:February 13, 2013

1 answer    1945 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 (16 points)   Posted:February 13, 2013

6 answers    8081 views

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Can I grow okra in PA?


I'd like to try my hand at growing some okra in my vegetable garden, is it possible to grow it successfully here in central PA and if so, what is the best way to do it?

Asked by: Krissie (1 point)   Posted:February 13, 2013

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What is the best way to grow strawberries?

Strawberry    FL

Should I start them from seed and transplant to the garden or should I buy some young plants from a nursery? Does either way produce a better result in terms of the quality of the fruit? Thanks

Asked by: Jill (2 points)   Posted:February 12, 2013

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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 (4 points)   Posted:February 12, 2013

3 answers    13641 views

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what is causing holes in my pepper plants leaves?

Pepper, bell    MI

another problem with my pepper plant! i was watering this morning and noticed that there are holes in at least two of the younger leaves at the top of the plant. the plant currently sits in the window and I do not disturb it at all. i am not aware of damaging it and i cant see any trace of any...

Asked by: Abby (7 points)   Posted:February 11, 2013

1 answer    5424 views

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Celery for beginners

Celery    None Given

I'm growing celery, but I can't find a comprehensive write up on growing techniques. Should I clip it around a foot to help concentrate the plants energy? Any knowledge shared is appreciated.

Asked by: Gordon (2 points)   Posted:February 11, 2013

1 answer    2684 views

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Lamp for growing seedlings indoors

General    State College, PA

I would like to use a lamp to help my indoor seedlings get a good head start this year. I assume that a warming lamp like the ones being used for chicken houses won't be the thing to go for... Any suggestions on what lamp/fixture to get?

Asked by: Rahel Salathé (13 points)   Posted:February 9, 2013

2 answers    1952 views

What happened to my rhubarb?


I took this picture of my rhubarb plant at some point over the summer. It survived but what was wrong with it? Will it grow again? As far as I remember, all the other plants nearby were fine and this happened quite suddenly. The soil looks a bit dry because I may have taken the picture before...

Asked by: Jenny Servick (2 points)   Posted:February 9, 2013

3 answers    5576 views

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Growing blackberry in FL

Blackberry    FL

Hey! I love blackberrys and I would really like to grow them in the yard. I hear they prefer cold temperatures, what are the chances I could grow them here in Florida? I'm just outside Gainesville.

Asked by: Jill (2 points)   Posted:February 8, 2013

1 answer    1792 views

White spots on squash and zucchini leaves

Squash    MA

I've had these pictures of my squash plants since summer and wasn't sure who to ask. Both my squash and zucchini plants ended up with strange white spots on their leaves which were quite different from one another. I wondered if it was a disease? It was my first time growing both and I'd like to...

Asked by: Sarah E (1 point)   Posted:February 8, 2013

6 answers    92019 views

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Raspberry plant not fruiting

Raspberry    None Given

I bought a raspberry plant two years ago and it has not fruited. Other than a lack of fruit it seems to be a happy plant. Why would it not fruit?

Asked by: Molly (1 point)   Posted:February 8, 2013

2 answers    2852 views

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Advice on growing corn for a beginner?

Maize (corn)   

I am desperate to try my hand at growing corn this summer. All of the advice I can find about growing it seems quite complicated. What is the easiest method for a beginner like me. Are some varieties easier to grow than others? What is the minimum space that I need to grow it? Thanks in advance....

Asked by: Ellie (1 point)   Posted:February 7, 2013

1 answer    2420 views

Balcony vegetable plants after a visit from squirrel.  How to deal with these unwanted guests?
Squirrels on my balcony (and plants)...

General    State College,PA

I am not sure if this is the right forum for this question, but I thought someone might be able to help. My wife and I tried to grow a few tomato, pepper and herb plants on our balcony last summer, but unfortunately our apartment complex is also home to a large number of squirrels that are...

Asked by: Alex Hernandez (2 points)   Posted:February 7, 2013

2 answers    3390 views

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Companion planting - what goes together?

Basil    South Carolina

I keep reading that I should plant basil next to my tomato plants to improve their flavor - how does this work? What else can I plant together?

Asked by: Simon (2 points)   Posted:February 7, 2013

1 answer    1989 views

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How do I get started with composting?

General    Zone 7

I think that this year I would like to get started making my own compost to maintain my vegetable garden. How do I get started and what are the best materials to put in?

Asked by: Ed Simmons (3 points)   Posted:February 6, 2013

1 answer    1676 views

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how do i know what type of soil i have?

General    MD

sorry more questions for you. i am trying to choose which plants to grow but i dont know what type of soil i have in my garden. is there an easy way to find this out?

Asked by: Mel (2 points)   Posted:February 6, 2013

2 answers    1988 views

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Getting rid of slugs on cherry tree

Cherry (including sour)   

We have a cherry tree in our backyard, not sure how old it is, was there when we moved two years ago, but it is quite big and I assume its been there for several years. It’s getting pretty badly damaged by slugs. They are leaving holes all over the leaves and it looks awful. Can you suggest...

Asked by: Sam Walker (1 point)   Posted:February 5, 2013

1 answer    5754 views