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Controlling stink bugs organically

General    None Given

Are they any closer to taking care of Stink Bugs organically. I'm in Pennsylvania, and grow my farm organically. My tomatoes are damaged every year by them. They take small bites out of them. My regular customer's don't care about the little bits, they buy my tomatoes for taste not looks. But I...

Asked by: Brian Mc Donnell (2 points)   Posted: April 18, 2013

2 answers    3576 views
Controlling marmarated stink bug organically

Tomato    143 Saxton Lane Walker Valley NY 12588

have we gotten any closer in controlling the stink bug in the New York State, organically?

Asked by: Linda Borghi (1 point)   Posted: April 17, 2013

1 answer    2211 views
Why are my lettuce seedlings "leggy"?

Lettuce    NY

I started lettuce seedlings about 14 or 15 days ago. I planted them in a seed starting mix in flat trays by planting 3 or 4 seeds together in one hole. I positioned the trays in the bright test window in my house but the seedlings have gone all straggly, or "leggy". and are too long to support...

Asked by: Jennifer Casey (2 points)   Posted: April 17, 2013

5 answers    33745 views
How do you deter squash bugs naturally?

Squash    Frankfort, NY

Do you know of any ways to deter squash bugs? I regularly scout for eggs under the leaves and destroy them, but always seem to be over-run by them anyways. Any good companion plants or natural treatments that will repel them?

Asked by: Brick House Acres (9 points)   Posted: April 17, 2013

4 answers    6385 views
How do you deter cucumber beetles?

Cucumber    Frankfort, NY

My cucumber vines were literally sucked dry last year by cucumber beetles. Does anyone know of companion plants or non-toxic treatments to discourage them? I really don't want to have to spray chemical pesticides.

Asked by: Brick House Acres (9 points)   Posted: April 17, 2013

1 answer    7264 views
How do I growing tomatoes in hanging baskets?

Tomato    Zone 7B

I would like to grow some cherry and/or grape tomatoes in hanging baskets. What exactly does this involve? Do I just need to fill the basket with regular potting mix and transplant my seedlings. Will the plants naturally grow downwards from the basket or is it more complicated than that?

Asked by: cara smith (1 point)   Posted: April 16, 2013

3 answers    12768 views
What is compost tea?

General    United Kingdom

I guess the question is in the title! How do I make compost tea? Does it work?? If so how do I get started?

Asked by: Greg Coyle (3 points)   Posted: April 16, 2013

1 answer    2463 views
Adding info to a page

PlantVillage    University of Connecticut

Is it possible to add to the info that comes up when a particular plant is selected? I looked at problems of basil and did not find basil downy mildew, another important and damaging disease of this plant.

Asked by: Joan Allen (4 points)   Posted: April 16, 2013

1 answer    2578 views
How to thin seedlings

Lettuce    NY

Hi everybody. I am new to gardening and growing vegetables. I would like to know how to thin my seedlings. I am growing lettuce, green beans and peas and I planted 3-4 seeds per little hole. I think most have all of the plants growing and I need to know when and how I should thin them - should I...

Asked by: Jennifer Casey (2 points)   Posted: April 16, 2013

3 answers    6093 views
How do I collect and save the seeds from my habanero pepper plant?

Chilli Pepper    MI

I would like to try and grow some more habanero plants from my existing one which has been very productive. Could somebody tell me the best way to do this?

Asked by: Abby (7 points)   Posted: April 16, 2013

2 answers    11906 views
Trimming back pumpkin flowers

Pumpkin    PA

I am growing pumpkin for the first time and I read a post on another gardening site about trimming the male flowers back when they appear in order to get the plant to produce male and females? Did I get this right? Is that something I should do? There seems to be so much advice out there and its...

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

1 answer    3247 views
Is one type of manure better than the other?


Does it make any difference which type of manure I use for my vegetables? Is chicken or horse manure considered better? I have even heard of people adding rabbit droppings directly to their soil. I would like to add some to my compost or soil which I will use to grow several vegetables.

Asked by: Danielle (1 point)   Posted: April 15, 2013

4 answers    5760 views
Best way to water sandy soil?

General    None Given

What is the best way of watering a sandy soil. Should I water little and often or can I sit a hose down and soak the soil for a while?

Asked by: Jenny Robertson (2 points)   Posted: April 14, 2013

1 answer    3170 views
Is it a good idea to put Epsom salts on to tomato plants?

Tomato    FL

My friend swears by Epsom salts for her tomato plants. She says that it supplements the magnesium and prevents blossom-end rot. I thought blossom end rot was caused by a lack of calcium? Can the tomato plant really take anything up from the Epsom? If so then is there a particular concentration to...

Asked by: Denice Williams (3 points)   Posted: April 14, 2013

4 answers    38961 views
How far apart should tomatoes and peppers be spaced?

Pepper, bell    Zone 7

I read somewhere that I should not plant tomatoes close to peppers. I guess this is something to do with an increased risk of disease as they are related? How far apart do they need to be planted?

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

4 answers    93234 views
Raised bed not draining


We have had some heavy rain recently and I noticed some puddles on the surface of my raised bed and now I’m a bit worried that water isn’t draining properly. Is there anything I can do to aid the drainage through?

Asked by: D. Thompson (2 points)   Posted: April 13, 2013

2 answers    3918 views
What can I use to coat unfinished wood planters that won't harm my edibles?

General    NY

I have just bought two large wooden planters at the store to plant up some of my seedlings for my balcony garden. I was thinking I might even get some strawberry transplants to go in them if I can find any. Anyway, is there something I can use to seal the wood with that won't be toxic to any...

Asked by: Sophie Brooks (3 points)   Posted: April 12, 2013

1 answer    6078 views
Best pH for vegetable growing?


Is there a value I should be aiming for that is suitable for most vegetables? I bought a kit and tested last year and it said that my soil was 6.5. I didn't have massive yields but I was quite happy with my first attempt but I would like to improve this year. Is it possible to maintain different...

Asked by: Stan (1 point)   Posted: April 12, 2013

2 answers    4128 views
How can I attract more bees and pollinators into my garden?

General    near Johnstown, PA

I swear I used to see a lot more bees in my garden than I do now. More or less everything I plant is self pollinating but if I was going to plant something like raspberry then I would quite like to attract the bees back. Has anybody had success with a particularly attractive flower? What else can...

Asked by: Larry Pelenski (4 points)   Posted: April 12, 2013

5 answers    11507 views
What vegetables can I plant on a slope and what's the right way to do it?

General    near Johnstown, PA

Towards the end of my back yard there is a slope down towards an old railroad. I go back and forth on whether I should plant anything there. We usually plant in an area closer to the house but it is tempting to extend our garden to plant a few more vegetables. The truth is I am not sure of what...

Asked by: Larry Pelenski (4 points)   Posted: April 11, 2013

2 answers    7954 views
Is it too late to start tomato seeds?

Tomato    OH Zone 6

I found some seeds I saved from last years tomato plants that I had completely forgotten about. I'm in zone 6 and have started planting other seeds a few weeks back. Am I too late to plant my tomato seeds now and if so will they be still be viable next year?

Asked by: Rosemarie (2 points)   Posted: April 11, 2013

2 answers    7167 views
Pecan Trees in clay soils - what can I add to improve soil content?

General    Johannesburg, South Africa

I want to plant some Pecan trees but I'm not sure how they will grow in our dark clay soil. The area is well suited in terms of temperature. I want to grow them using organic methods.

Asked by: Cornelis (1 point)   Posted: April 11, 2013

3 answers    6329 views
Why does my Cat Nip not germinate?

General    Racine WI

Started Cat Nip indoors under lights 14 Days ago, followed directions temp is about 60 Deg but getting nothing. help!

Asked by: Wayne Clingman (2 points)   Posted: April 10, 2013

1 answer    4219 views
How to grow radish in a bag?


Somebody mentioned to me that they used to grow radish in a plastic bag and that it was really easy. Could someone tell me how to do this? I want to try it

Asked by: Krissie (1 point)   Posted: April 10, 2013

2 answers    8484 views
Best method of protecting plants from late frosts?

General    UK

Always like to be prepared, I live in Scotland and the weather can be quite unpredictable and it wouldn't be the first time I have been caught out with a frost and lost my young plants. I haven't planted anything outside yet but I wondered what people's thoughts were on different types of...

Asked by: Robyn (4 points)   Posted: April 10, 2013

3 answers    9367 views
Can I use a 40W high intensity bulb in a desk lamp for seedlings?

General    NY

I went to the store to get a bulb to supplement the lighting on my seedlings. I figured I would try and get a bulb to fit one of the old desk lamps I have lying around. I stupidly didn't write down the details of the bulbs recommended by people on here and I came home with a high intensity bulb....

Asked by: Sophie Brooks (3 points)   Posted: April 9, 2013

3 answers    6074 views
This is the bulb: GE high intensity
Can I plant anything in an area where plants got powdery mildew last year?

General    None Given

I had several cucumbers plants last year that got powdery mildew and I wondered if I can plant anything in that area of the garden this year? I know of course that I should not plant more cucumbers. I have read that the fungus can survive on plant debris lying on the ground and I was careful to...

Asked by: Vicki Albright (2 points)   Posted: April 9, 2013

4 answers    3387 views
Is it too early to plant broccoli transplants in CT?

Broccoli    CT

I live close to Torrington, CT and I am planting broccoli for the first time. I have been working on hardening them off for the past 2 weeks but I'm a bit nervous of planting them in the ground. I believe broccoli to cold hardy? The forecast says that the temperature will dip early next week back...

Asked by: Rod Morrison (2 points)   Posted: April 9, 2013

2 answers    2401 views
Chili fruits turning brown - what's wrong?

Chilli Pepper   

Could anybody tell me what would cause the peppers on a thai chili plant to turn brown? I have a few peppers overwintering indoors and they have sporadically flowering. My thai plant flowered and the fruits started do develop but are now going brown - any ideas?

Asked by: Jess Haines (1 point)   Posted: April 8, 2013

2 answers    3884 views
Can I grow potatoes over summer?

Potato    MD

From what (very) little I know about vegetable gardening they seem to be harvested in winter. I would love some home grown potatoes over summer to make potato salads and things. Can I plant them for harvest over summer? If so how is it done?

Asked by: Mel (2 points)   Posted: April 8, 2013

3 answers    10384 views
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