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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    27530 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    6020 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    3820 views

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cross-pollinating 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    3434 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    7962 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    6028 views

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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    12144 views

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


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

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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    5703 views

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what is the best organic fertilizer to use?


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    4696 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

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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    4332 views

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How to plan a succession planted garden?


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    2385 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

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Can I add coffee grounds directly to my soil?


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    17425 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    4316 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    15457 views

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Can I transplant an established asparagus plant?

Asparagus    WI

I have a small patch of asparagus in the yard that I planted 2 years ago. I would really like to move it to another spot to make space for a raised bed but I don’t want to risk my asparagus harvest next year. Has anybody ever moved an established asparagus bed before? If I try it will I damage...

Asked by: Maddy Kendall (1 point)   Posted:February 25, 2013

1 answer    3231 views

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Making a vegetable garden from scratch


I want to plant a vegetable garden in my yard which is currently covered in grass. I want to cut away a section of the grass to make room for the vegetables but I’m not sure what I should do to the soil underneath to make it suitable for growing. Can i just dig it to loosen it up or is it best to...

Asked by: Danielle (1 point)   Posted:February 24, 2013

2 answers    3120 views

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How many tomato plants should I grow (family of 4)

Tomato    None Given

All of us tomato lovers and would like a decent supply over the summer months. How many should I plant out to keep us going? Is there a very prolific fruit producing variety thats best?

Asked by: Vicki Albright (2 points)   Posted:February 23, 2013

3 answers    6244 views

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How do I construct a raised bed for growing vegetables? What are the best materials to use?

General    United Kingdom

The soil in my garden just isn’t up to task so I have been reading about how you can build a raised bed and I think that this is the solution. I have some pine wood in the garage, can I use that to build it? What is the best soil to fill it with?

Asked by: Greg Coyle (3 points)   Posted:February 23, 2013

3 answers    5786 views

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How to start slips from sweet potato?

Sweet potato    OK Zone 7

What is the best way to start slips from sweet potato and when is it best to transplant them? Lots of different methods out there and I’d like to hear what folks on here think.

Asked by: Emily Field (1 point)   Posted:February 23, 2013

1 answer    2654 views

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Sweet pepper plant flowering and setting fruit... again

Pepper, bell   

Is it usual for a container grown pepper plant which has been overwintering indoors to flower and start setting fruit so early. There’s still snow falling outside here and getting enough light is a problem with north facing windows. The plant is covered in flowers and I can see the tiny fruits....

Asked by: Jess Haines (1 point)   Posted:February 22, 2013

2 answers    3463 views

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How to build a trellis for grape vines

Grape    SC

How do I build a trellis that is suitable for grape growing? Is it similar to raspberries or are there other ways to do it?

Asked by: Melanie Young (3 points)   Posted:February 22, 2013

3 answers    90366 views

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What plants would be easiest to grow and keep in pots?

General    Pennsylvania, USA

Moving into a new home with a little patio I decided I would really like to try and grow my own veggies, fruit and herbs. I will mainly have to keep my plants in pots though. What plants would you recommend to a newby without green fingers?

Asked by: Charissa (3 points)   Posted:February 22, 2013

3 answers    3747 views

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Apple tree did not blossom after pruning

Apple    PA

We pruned our apple tree in February last year and it did not blossom at all all year. I remember there was a cold snap at some point soon after the tree was pruned. Was it perhaps the weather that caused this or was it as a result of incorrect pruning? It’s a beautiful old tree and I sincerely...

Asked by: Michelle Hay (1 point)   Posted:February 22, 2013

1 answer    2948 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 (3 points)   Posted:February 22, 2013

2 answers    9509 views

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Best containers for transplanting seedlings?

General    PA

Can anyone here recommend the best type of containers to use to transplant seedlings into my veggie garden? I’m planting quite a lot of plants this year and I’d like something a bit more cost effective than the peat pots I used last year for my more sensitive plants.

Asked by: Marsha Anderson (5 points)   Posted:February 21, 2013

2 answers    2576 views

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Is there a way that questions can be sorted by region?

PlantVillage    Ocala, Florida

Asked by: ANN BROWN (1 point)   Posted:February 21, 2013

1 answer    2090 views

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Can I plant grapes in the spring?

Grape    SC

What is the best time of year to plant out grapevines in the yard? I want to try and make my own wine. Is it possible to grow them from seeds or should I buy some transplants? What is a good variety to grow here in SC, especially for wine making?

Asked by: Melanie Young (3 points)   Posted:February 21, 2013

2 answers    2916 views