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Potatoes have not emerged a month after planting


I planted some seed potatoes about a month ago and so far nothing has emerged. I would have thought I should have seen something by now but I am new to vegetable growing so have no experience. Is it ok to dig a little to see what is going on with the plants or does that risk disturbing them...

Asked by: Stan (1 point)   Posted: May 13, 2013

3 answers    6515 views
How to age manure for use on vegetables


I recently purchased some cattle manure with the aim of aging it and adding it to the soil for is growing veggies. I have dumped it all on tarp and soaked it as it was drying out a little. How long do I need to age it for before it is ready to use? I’m not in a great rush, I have plenty space so...

Asked by: George Gifford (3 points)   Posted: May 11, 2013

3 answers    6256 views
Is there anything inherently better about organic seed?

General    northern California

This came up at a meeting of my local garden group. What are the reasons for buying organic seed? We assumed that organic seed producers avoid GMO contamination (for such plants as corn), though presumably all seed producers are aware of the issue. We also assumed that buying organic seed...

Asked by: Tanya in the Garden (128 points)   Posted: May 10, 2013

3 answers    4001 views
Spraying water to protect seedlings from frost - anyone tried?

General    near Johnstown, PA

We have some cold weather predicted for this weekend and it looks like it could go below freezing. I’m worried that my transplanted seedlings might get damaged and have been researching ways to protect them. I came across an articleon spraying water to protect grape vines from frost using a...

Asked by: Larry Pelenski (4 points)   Posted: May 9, 2013

3 answers    4995 views
red mulch or plastic for tomatoes

Tomato    None Given

I have heard of people using red mulch or plastic sheet around tomato plants to help ripen the fruits. Does this really work? I would like to hear from people with experience of this before I go coloring my garden! I manged to find a picture which I will try to upload

Asked by: Vicki Albright (2 points)   Posted: May 8, 2013

2 answers    3834 views
red plastic around tomatoes
Cox Orange Pippin Apple trees

Apple    North Idaho

I have planted 3 Cox Orange Pippin Apple trees in my yard over the past 13 years. 1 is 3 years old, one is 8 and one is 12 years old. All were bought from different plant nurseries, and planted NOT near each other, but within a variety of cherry, plum, apple, asian and american pears, and...

Asked by: Angie Lee Morrow (18 points)   Posted: May 7, 2013

1 answer    3297 views
Help planting corn

Maize (corn)   

I want to dedicate a small space in my vegetable garden to planting some corn. I’ve been meaning to do it for a long time but I never got round to it. I have a space of 4’ x 6’ that I have not earmarked for anything else yet and thought I would try for a small harvest in this space to start off....

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

5 answers    6122 views
Yellow spots on grape leaves

Grape    PA

My husband brought home some grape plants yesterday that he found in the store. I had mentioned growing some grapes to him a few weeks back so when he saw them he decided just to buy them. One of the plants he brought home has some yellow spots on its leaves. I have taken a picture of this. Is it...

Asked by: Marsha Anderson (5 points)   Posted: May 6, 2013

3 answers    6085 views
Yellow spots on grape leaves
How to cut off Rhubarb flower?

Rhubarb    Lausanne, Switzerland

My Rhubarb plant is producing a flower, which I understand should be cut off immediately so that the plant will not put any more energy into it, rather than the leaves. Is it enough to just cut off the the flower, or would it be better to remove pretty much the entire stalk?

Asked by: deactivated (25 points)   Posted: May 5, 2013

2 answers    9227 views
Rhubarb plant flowering
How to pot an avocado seedling?

Avocado    Pennsylvania, USA

I have been away from home for two weeks and when I got back last night I found that my avocado seed that I have been trying to germinate in a glass of water has finally grown a root. Having spent a lot of time trying to germinate a seed, I wanted to see if anybody could give me some advice on...

Asked by: Lindsay McMenemy (4 points)   Posted: May 5, 2013

2 answers    3164 views
Avocado seed with root
Sowing Wildflower Butterfly Mix for June through September


I have recently purchased a box of 4oz. "wildflowers butterfly mix" and would like to plant directly outside for the summer. When is the best time and what is the most accurate and simpler way to plant them outside? I do not believe I will be using a garden box. Thank You

Asked by: Roseann Sorrentino (3 points)   Posted: May 3, 2013

2 answers    3511 views
How to plant tomatoes in trenches?

Tomato    SC

I'm very new to growing vegetables so I'm still discovering lots of new things. I have been reading some articles about planting tomatoes almost horizontally in trenches as the plant will sprout roots along the stem. I think this sounds like a good thing to try but I have some questions. First,...

Asked by: Melanie Young (9 points)   Posted: May 3, 2013

3 answers    5638 views
How do I get rid of asparagus beetles?

Asparagus    None Given

I have a four year old asparagus patch and yesterday I noticed some brown and black beetles on the stems. I looked them up and found out they are asparagus beetles. I have never had any problems with them in previous years on this plant so I'm not sure where they have come from. Do you know the...

Asked by: Denis Schneider (1 point)   Posted: May 2, 2013

2 answers    4351 views
How to control the spread of raspberry bushes?


I planted raspberry bushes in my small yard two years ago. This was my first experience with berry bushes and I didn't realize how incredibly rapidly they would take over. My garden was quickly overtaken last summer. As such, I tore out the bushes by the roots. Nonetheless, four more new...

Asked by: Miriam Stein (5 points)   Posted: May 1, 2013

3 answers    31583 views
Holes in pepper leaves

Chilli Pepper    FL, United States

My pepper plants have got holes in the top leaves. As far as I can tell, there are no insects anywhere on the plant. Is this some kind of physiological disorder? The peppers are jalapenos and are in large containers on my deck where they get lots of sun.. I live in FL. Does anybody know what may...

Asked by: Lauren S. (1 point)   Posted: May 1, 2013

2 answers    5332 views
Praying mantis for controlling pest in the vegetable garden

General    CT

Has anybody ever purchased praying mantis egg cases? If so, would you recommend them as a method of keeping pest populations under control in your vegetables? I often see them in seed catalogs and wonder if I should give them a try - they eat beneficials too though right?

Asked by: Rod Morrison (2 points)   Posted: April 30, 2013

5 answers    9362 views
Plastic Laying

General    None Given

I want to move my layers of plastic closer together, currently we plant winter rye and mow inbetween rows. As we expand and need to be more efficient about using that land I want to move the plastic only a tire length apart. How do people cultivate, mulch, or deal with the weeds in between the...

Asked by: Aliza Pickering (1 point)   Posted: April 29, 2013

2 answers    3481 views
Does it matter what size my seedlings are when I transplant?

General    NY

This is my first time growing my own vegetables and all of the seed packets say to plant in the ground after danger of last frost. Does it matter if my plants are still on the small side when I plant? Can I keep them indoors for a bit longer or is it best to get them in the ground? I have...

Asked by: Jennifer Casey (2 points)   Posted: April 28, 2013

5 answers    6530 views
What's this weed that grows quite frequently under trees?


I'm looking to find out what this weed is called - it grows very small white flowers and the leaves are bumpy like a mint leaf. What is its beneficial value in homeowner's lawns? And what about human consumption if any? thank you again :-D

Asked by: Roseann Sorrentino (3 points)   Posted: April 26, 2013

1 answer    3085 views
looking for what this weed may be used for.
Looking for a cover crop

General    Central New Hampshire

I'm trolling for suggestions for a cover crop I can use to fill in around the big, ugly, plastic clean-out openings to my septic system. Once it's established, it must withstand heavy foot (and chicken) traffic, thrive in rocky, infertile soil (not much of it, either), and look great. I live...

Asked by: Peg Boyles (5 points)   Posted: April 26, 2013

3 answers    5450 views
How to remove stones from soil


The soil in my yard is very stony I really want to be able to be able to grow root crops. Is there anything I can use to remove the rocks or will I simply have to dig them out and remove by hand? Is it best to invest the effort in raised beds?

Asked by: Nina R (1 point)   Posted: April 26, 2013

5 answers    35197 views
What is this large-leafed weed that grows near other shrubs


Here are two photos of a large-leafed weed. I have a scale of my hand for it since it is a large leaf and weed. Grabbed as much as I could out of it and just threw it out. They will grow back by the end of the summer, so I just wanna know what this is and how it could be used. Thanks alot! Peace...

Asked by: Roseann Sorrentino (3 points)   Posted: April 25, 2013

4 answers    9833 views
very large weed by the house. :-/ beneficial or garbage?
What is this thistle plant, and how do I use or remove it


I have many of these plants (weeds) in my backyard and they have thorns. How do I take them out of the yard while it is hard to use the lawnmower over them? I researched online to see if it was beneficial and it said it was part of the "thistle" family and it is beneficial to eat but I do not...

Asked by: Roseann Sorrentino (3 points)   Posted: April 24, 2013

6 answers    34433 views
some type of thistle??? how can i take it out of the yard safely?
are my onions going to the worms?

General    zone 4

I came out this morning to check on the garden after a chillier than expected night. What I found was something that has been driving me crazy, onion sets laying out on the ground! Not just out of the ground but a few inches from where they were planted, with some of the tops disappearing down...

Asked by: J.D. Archer (31 points)   Posted: April 24, 2013

2 answers    5842 views
some of the onion sets were pushed out of the ground but when I picked up others
Apple trunk lesion

Apple    Albuquerque, NM Zone 7b

Trying to figure out what is going on with this apple trees trunk it is about 3 years old.The lesion appears to be spreading growing. Any ideas and or treatments would be appreciated.

Asked by: Wurgulf (1 point)   Posted: April 23, 2013

3 answers    7535 views
The Lesion
Most productive vegetables for limited space?


What specific vegetables plants give really good yields of produce? I do not have a lot of space in my garden to dedicate to vegetable growing but I would like to plant some and aim for as big a harvest as possible. I was considering cherry tomatoes as I have heard they can be quite prolific and...

Asked by: Stan (1 point)   Posted: April 22, 2013

6 answers    11682 views
How to grow potatoes in sacks?

General    None Given

I live in Glasgow UK and I have an idea to plant potatoes and other vegetables in sacks in the shared garden at the back of my house. I have never grown any vegetables before. Has anyone advice for a total beginner?

Asked by: morag sievwright (1 point)   Posted: April 21, 2013

3 answers    7394 views
Maintaining productivity of tomatoes in high tunnels

Tomato    None Given

I grow tomatoes organically in high tunnels. The tomatoes are grown in the ground, irrigated using drip, trellised on a string and with the exception of the cherries, fully suckered. The plants do great through mid-August, but start to run out of gas and productivity falls significantly in...

Asked by: Andy Fellenz (4 points)   Posted: April 20, 2013

4 answers    7916 views
Sour-tasting tomatoes - What causes this?

Tomato    Central Florida - Zone 9A/9B

What is causing freshly-grown tomatoes to constantly be sour, regardless of variety. It must be something in the culture/environment as the neighbor's tomatoes are fine. This question came into our Plant Clinic and I have had problems finding any reliable, proven reasons why this would happen.

Asked by: Susan League, UF/IFAS Sumter Program Assistant (1 point)   Posted: April 20, 2013

1 answer    4258 views
Green mulch for shaded area of garden?

Buckwheat    near Johnstown, PA

Can anybody recommend a green/living mulch which will do well in a shaded area of my garden? I do not have time to do much with it this year but I intend to grow edibles on it at some point and would like to keep the weeds in check and turn it in the Fall. I was thinking about planting buckwheat....

Asked by: Larry Pelenski (4 points)   Posted: April 19, 2013

2 answers    3307 views
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