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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    2753 views
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    3735 views
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 (6 points)   Posted: February 22, 2013

3 answers    97292 views
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    4026 views
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    3050 views
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    10512 views
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    2817 views
Is there a way that questions can be sorted by region?

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

1 answer    2158 views
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 (6 points)   Posted: February 21, 2013

2 answers    3061 views
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

2 answers    3301 views
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

5 answers    8998 views
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

2 answers    4294 views
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    3247 views
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    2555 views

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    2558 views
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    2091 views
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

2 answers    3909 views
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

2 answers    4440 views
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    25860 views
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    3042 views
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    3184 views
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    2240 views
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    8784 views
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

3 answers    4617 views
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

3 answers    4761 views
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    16717 views
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    9256 views
damaged pepper leaves
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    2887 views
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    2181 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    6855 views
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