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is it worth it to grow heirloom tomato varieties?

Tomato    SC

I am fascinated by some of the heirloom varieties of tomato out there. In particular, I have been looking at a variety called 'indigo rose' which looks beautiful and sounds delicious. I am not a big tomato grower although I've had good success on occasion. The last time I grew some I had problems...

Asked by: Melanie Young (6 points)   Posted: April 1, 2013

3 answers    3365 views
How to prevent damping-off?

General    NY

I have just lost a batch of pepper seedlings to what I think (thank you to people on here) was damping-off. I did a quick google search and found that damping-off can be caused by poorly circulating air and that I could use a fan to gently blow air around my trays. Is this a good idea? If so, can...

Asked by: Sophie Brooks (3 points)   Posted: April 1, 2013

2 answers    2850 views
Starting a herb garden in zone 8

General    IL, Zone 8a

I have a bed that I would like to plant as a dedicated herb garden, I usually grow veg and know little about herb gardening but I would very much like to learn. I am already familiar with mint! I would really like some advice on some other herbs that will thrive in zone 8a. The bed I am thinking...

Asked by: Sharon Conroy (1 point)   Posted: March 31, 2013

1 answer    2965 views
Preventing grey mold on cucumbers in greenhouse?

Cucumber    None Given

I own a small greenhouse that lets me get a head start on some of my vegetables. Last year my cucumbers were afflicted by what I believe was grey mold. Once it hit, it spread quickly and I was at a loss what to do. Can anybody provide me with some advice on what to do this year to prevent it? I...

Asked by: Denis Schneider (1 point)   Posted: March 31, 2013

2 answers    3917 views
Pruning an apricot tree - how and when

General    Lausanne, Switzerland

I'm attaching an image of a young apricot tree, and I've indicated where I would prune the tree. Am I doing this right, or overdoing it? It's very hard to find clear information out there. Also, the timing of the pruning is not clear. Most sources say you should prune when the tree when...

Asked by: deactivated (25 points)   Posted: March 30, 2013

1 answer    3914 views
Apricot tree and where I would prune
Can peas grow in a sandy soil?

Pea    None Given

I have been researching what I can grow in my soil as it is, are peas a good idea? I would ideally like to grow some sugar snap varieties or will the plants not tolerate it. I'm not sure that I have the time available to make extensive soil modifications this year.

Asked by: Jenny Robertson (2 points)   Posted: March 29, 2013

3 answers    6155 views
What can I do to help my overwintered lavender along this spring?

Lavender    OH Zone 6

I planted out a few lavender plants this past Fall for the first time and I am eagerly awaiting the onset of Spring to see how it faired over winter. What can I do to ensure it gets off to a good start after it wakes up?

Asked by: Rosemarie (2 points)   Posted: March 29, 2013

1 answer    2649 views
Preparing soil for cranberry planting

Cranberry    ND

I have been given six cranberry bushes by a friend of mine that he dug from his garden. They are in currently in plastic buckets and I confess that I do not really know a lot about their care. I would like to prepare a bed for them and I see that they prefer an acidic soil, what can I do to make...

Asked by: Jack Wilson (1 point)   Posted: March 28, 2013

1 answer    2324 views
How to get started growing your own mushrooms?

Mushrooms    KS USA

I really want to try growing my own mushrooms and I have seen kits advertised that provide various substrates to grow them in such as sawdust. I like the idea of wood growing and I do have space in my basement, which I believe is the recommended location for trying this. Is it necessary to...

Asked by: Mike T. (3 points)   Posted: March 28, 2013

3 answers    16546 views
Avocado seed won't germinate, what's the problem?

Avocado    Pennsylvania, USA

By way of illustration to a user back in February, I tried my hand at germinating an avocado seed from a store bought fruit. The picture is dated 2/6 and the original post can be found here: I must rather sheepishly admit that my avocado seed has failed...

Asked by: Lindsay McMenemy (1 point)   Posted: March 28, 2013

2 answers    24478 views
Avocado seed set up to germinate (or not)
Best way to relocate established raspberry patch?


I have 6 established Latham raspberry plants that I unfortunately need to move due to another project I am undertaking in my garden. From what I can see early spring is the ideal time to do this, but how? Do I have to take the entire root ball or will I get away with a smaller amount. I dread...

Asked by: Krissie (1 point)   Posted: March 28, 2013

1 answer    3169 views
How do bush cucumbers compare with vining varieties?

Cucumber    USA

I am interested in trying out some bush cucumber varieties this year, would anybody be able to comment on the pros and cons compared with a regular vining variety, particularly for burpless cucumbers. They look like a good way to save space but I do not want to compromise on yield. Many thanks in...

Asked by: Maggie Muffins (8 points)   Posted: March 27, 2013

2 answers    10439 views
How can I prevent vine borers on zucchini?

Squash    NC

They are a persistent problem for me in my garden. Would row covers work? I love zucchini and I don't want to stop growing it.

Asked by: Ann McIntyre (1 point)   Posted: March 27, 2013

2 answers    3225 views
Pepper seedlings collapsed after thinning

Pepper, bell    NY

Could anybody tell me where I went wrong with my peppers? I had sown seeds in flats and I think I was over exuberant with them. I tried to thin them and everything was ok but when I went back to water the remaining plants they had all wilted. What did I do wrong, should I not have thinned them?

Asked by: Sophie Brooks (3 points)   Posted: March 27, 2013

4 answers    5541 views
Pear trees that don't produce fruit


I was speaking to a friend of mine last week about our respective garden problems and she happened to mention that the pear trees she has in her garden do not produce fruit. Is this a pollination problem? What causes this?

Asked by: Pamela Croft (1 point)   Posted: March 26, 2013

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How do I know when its safe to work the soil in my garden?

General    MA

Like everybody else, I'm desperate to get back out in the garden this Spring but I know it can be damaging to start working the soil too early. It's clearly not time yet - there's snow on the ground outside!! How can I tell when the soil is warm enough?

Asked by: Sarah E (1 point)   Posted: March 26, 2013

1 answer    3180 views
Is it possible to grow taro in zone 8?

Cocoyam    South Carolina

Out of curiosity, I have tried them and like them and noticed the page and it got me thinking... I'd quite like to try something different, would it be possible do you think?

Asked by: Simon (2 points)   Posted: March 26, 2013

1 answer    3464 views
Last frost date in Pennsylvania?

General    PA

I give up. This weather is so awful. Does anybody have a good resource for the predicted last frost date in central Pennsylvania? It seems no matter how much I plan, the weather has other ideas... So frustrating!

Asked by: Marsha Anderson (5 points)   Posted: March 25, 2013

3 answers    4412 views
When to fertilise crab apple?

Apple    York, UK

I was wondering if it is necessary to fertilise the mature crab apple trees I have in my garden and if so when? Is it best to do this early in the Spring or does it matter? We know very little about maintaining trees but very much like the pair of apple trees in our new garden and would like to...

Asked by: Johnboy (2 points)   Posted: March 25, 2013

2 answers    4975 views
Can I add wood shavings to soil to loosen it?

General    None Given

I was considering adding some wood shavings to the soil in my back yard to try and loosen it a little, it gets very compacted and I would like to do something to make it a bit more manageable. Are wood shavings a good addition, what will they do to the pH?

Asked by: Tucker123 (1 point)   Posted: March 24, 2013

4 answers    7443 views
What causes grapes to shrivel up before harvest?


I have a grapevine in my garden that looks healthy enough and each year it seems to be doing fine, only for the grapes to shrivel up before they are ready to harvest. I have some pics somewhere from last ear but m having trouble finding them. This is an old vine, several years at least and...

Asked by: Fred Johnson (3 points)   Posted: March 24, 2013

3 answers    14954 views
Can I reuse seeds from last year?

General    UK

While out in my shed looking for some seedling trays I discovered a few packets of seeds from last year that I had forgotten about. Can I sow them now or do the have a certain shelf life? There's some nice peas there I wouldn't mind planting more of.

Asked by: Robyn (4 points)   Posted: March 23, 2013

4 answers    5872 views
How to treat red spider mites on indoor pepper?

Pepper, bell    MI

It seems I tempted fate by saying in earlier posts how well my pepper plant was doing indoors over winter as over the past week or so it started developing symptoms of spider mites (the leaves at the top of the plant were all speckled with white and I could see tiny webs forming between leaves)....

Asked by: Abby (7 points)   Posted: March 22, 2013

1 answer    7641 views
Spider mites on pepper
Storing potatoes for later growing

Potato    None Given

I'd like to grow potatoes this year. During the Winter, I get my potatoes from a farm share and I really like them, so I'd like to grow them in my garden this year. My problem is that they are already sprouting quite heavily. Is there a good way to stop the sprouting for some time before it's...

Asked by: Angie Hayes (1 point)   Posted: March 22, 2013

1 answer    3055 views
How to reduce disease build up

General    PA

Hi I saw the reply about rotation and I myself have had problem with late blight and powdery mildew on different plants (tomatoes, eggplants and basil, but also others). I thought the message of rotation other shared was great. I get the impression from what I read that disease build up in the...

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

3 answers    3745 views
Growing tomatoes in the same place after disease

Tomato    None Given

I grew tomatoes least year and they got heavily infected with disease. I was told it was late blight which I see has spores. It it ok to plant in the same place twice? I think I am asking for trouble...

Asked by: Denis Schneider (1 point)   Posted: March 19, 2013

2 answers    1954 views
questions organized by topics other than crops?

PlantVillage    Lihue, HI

As a plant pathologist, I like looking for questions to answer about diseases/disorders and I can do that for a variety of crops. Is there any way to cross reference posts based on different keywords (ex: insects, disease, soil nutrition, hort, etc)?

Asked by: Kathryn Fiedler (72 points)   Posted: March 19, 2013

2 answers    2764 views
When should I fertilize and mulch transplanted seedlings?

General    NJ

This is something I never seem to get right. Should I fertilize directly after transplanting seedlings to the garden or hold off to let them establish? Also when is the correct time to apply straw mulch to the plants? Thank-you!

Asked by: Beth Johnson (2 points)   Posted: March 18, 2013

2 answers    8893 views
Easy irrigation system?


I have been thinking about installing a drip irrigation system in my garden for a while now. Is there an easy, cheap method to make one myself or should I just invest in a kit? What particular system would you recommend if I was to purchase one?

Asked by: David Brewer (3 points)   Posted: March 18, 2013

1 answer    2124 views
How to grow cucumber vertically?

Cucumber    NY

I am sure I read somewhere (possibly even on here) that it is possible to grow cucumbers vertically on a trellis. Could somebody please advise of a simple method of doing this please? What is it best to construct the support out of? Would a simple fence be adequate? I would quite like to try this...

Asked by: Cat Sullivan (2 points)   Posted: March 17, 2013

4 answers    18040 views
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